NC Hwy 261- Roan Mountain Road

Average Rating - This road has been rated by 3 visitors

State: Tennessee
Date Submitted: May 18, 2011
Submitted by: MCR Contributor
Motorcycle Road Length: 41202 Miles

Written Directions

The road is very curvy going up and back down. Many switch backs and very few straights. You can stat this ride in Bakersville, NC and you will end up in Roan Mountain, TN. Or you can start it in TN and come over to NC. Great rode and very few cars. Great ride in the late spring and early fall.


Fantastic views from the overlook at the top of Roan Mountain at the NC-TN line.

Road Quality  

Road has many curves and very few cars. You basically climb Roan Mountain on one side and back down the other.

Roadside Amenities  

Nothing on the mountain except an overlook and hiking area. But at the bottom of either side you have Bakersville on the NC side and Roan Mountain on the TN side. You are not far from Elizbethton and Johnson City on the TN side

Additional Info

Nickname (optional) Nabubba



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Reviewed by dragonflyTN on April 25, 2013
(1 out of 1 members found this review useful.)
Creator: DragonflyTN
motorcycle_year: 2005
motorcycle_make: Yamaha
motorcycle_type: Sport-Touring
Comment: Rip roarin' curves and TONS of scenery. When you get to the top of Roane, there is a pullout, which is a good place to take pics.
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Reviewed by COG-528 on September 22, 2015
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Creator: COG-528
motorcycle_year: 2006
motorcycle_make: Yamaha FJR1300
motorcycle_type: Sport-Touring
Comment: This road is as good as any of the named roads, The Snake, The Devil's Whip, The Rattler, etc.,) in North Carolina. The advantage is it is not being pushed as a motorcycle tourist road so there is a lot less traffic. . . at least on a Tuesday in Mid-September.
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Reviewed by Shemp on August 2, 2015
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motorcycle_type: Sport-Touring
Comment: shhhhh! Don't tell anyone! The roads of WNC in the summertime can be full.....this one August 2,2015 was desolate. Twisties,sweepers,good surface, very little traffic........I'll be back. I live within a couple hours and haven't rode it till today. I thought i had done them all...???
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