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"The Snake" - Hwy 421 & 34 + ADD NEW ROUTE


3   in Tennessee Tennessee23 Miles

By MCR Contributor
on May 16, 2011

5.0out of 5

9 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

From Mountain City, TN, take Hwy 421 North through the Cherokee Nat'l Forest, Shady Valley, TN, and on to Holston Valley, TN. As a short side trip, take TN 133 North 10 miles to see Backbone Rock.

Scenery

This route takes you from Mountain City, TN to Holston Valley riding through the Cherokee Nat'l Forest. Riding through mountains and valleys with great vistas and ending with a view of South Holston Lake.

Road Quality

The Snake is said to have "489 curves, 3 mountains, 1 valley packed into 33 miles!"

As you leave Mountain City, riding through the Cherokee Nat'l Forest, there are some great views as you ascend over the first mountain ridge on some of the best twisties in the area. The climb over the second ridge is as good as the first with more twisting/turning roads that will leave you exhilarated. The ride ends up in Holston Valley after crossing Holston Lake. We hold our Annual Rune Rally in nearby Erwin, Tn and this ribbon of asphalt one of our favorites.

Roadside Amenities

Mountain City and Holston Valley have everything you want and need for a great get away, and in the middle of this ride is the Shady Valley Country Store. They have great burgers/sandwiches, snacks and souvenirs too.

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By GJRonK
on August 13, 2012 5 out of 5 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2000

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

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This was fun from end to end. Aptly named as there are plenty of turns (in two sections), forest scenery, good pavement. Halfway across, in a valley, is a small store for refreshments and many porch chairs to rest on and watch all the other bikers (and there are a lot) stop by to re-group or refresh. Turns are faster than those of The Dragon, which make them more fun (to me).

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By Nogear
on November 10, 2011 4 out of 5 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2005

Motorcycle Make Yamaha FJR 1300

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

Love this road! I like it better than Tail of the Dragon.

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By slick
on August 6, 2011 3 out of 3 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

More popular with sport bikes. If you like to drag your floorboards and meet a lot of great people, this is the road for you.

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By Guest
on October 18, 2013 2 out of 2 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year Goldwing Bikes and Trikes

Motorcycle Make Honda's

Motorcycle Type Touring

Our group met up at 8am at the Cracker Barrel in Calhoun for the start of our planned 2 day ride. The first day our ride took us on an approximately 290 mile trip to Johnson Tn. Our leader, Tim set the course for as many scenic back roads as possible. No dirt roads thankfully. While on the way we rode Hwy 60 in GA and Hwy 19 thru Cherokee. We discovered Hwy 80 was also a great road to ride. We arrived in Johnson City that evening after a scenic ride and a meal at the Texas Roadhouse. After a good night's rest we headed out to our destination "The Snake" Hwy 421 to the Country Store in Shady Valley TN. After the girls shopped a while at the store for souvenirs, we headed towards Bristol. Our trip home had a few more highway miles in it but we all still enjoyed the ride home...

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By Guest
on July 21, 2013 1 out of 2 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make suzuki bandit 1250s

Motorcycle Type Standard

Awesome road ride it often better than dragon less traffic not as commercial stop at the store lot of bikes there

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By GIJoe
on January 3, 2012 1 out of 2 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2004

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

We finally got to ride this route last Summer, what an awesome experience! I was not sure I could scrape floorboards on my bike until I did the Snake!! recommend this one HIGHLY if you are in the area!!

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By papafern
on January 16, 2016 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 04

Motorcycle Make Honda Reflex

Motorcycle Type Other

I liked this more that the Tail of the Dragon. downside is that there r trucks coming at u on your side of the road and some turns have gravel

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By Guest
on July 7, 2013 0 out of 2 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Harley

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Nothing more fun than 421! Rode it in '08 on an Electra glide, again in '10 in the family truckster, a Lincoln Navigator ( that's when I knew there wasn't a better road out there because even that was a blast!). Now I am heading there in a week in a 703HP super charged Dodge charger SRT-8 Super Bee, can't wait, will keep you posted!

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By Guest
on September 27, 2012 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2012

Motorcycle Make BMW K1600GT

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

The best stretched of sweepers I have ever ridden. Worth the trip even if you have to drive out of your way! Cut up 133 to 58E and let the good times continue to ROLL!

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