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22   in North Carolina North Carolina28 Miles

Motorcycle Roads Wayah road

By Ridden
on October 6, 2011

4.2out of 5

11 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

Wayah Road from US19/74 to US64, or the reverse route.

Scenery

Hard to keep your eyes on the road at times! The west end starts you going up a gorge tracing the stream with some waterfalls mixed in. Once you reach the peak (the AP trail crosses around here) there is a large lake at the top. Nice winding road around it then the fun begins; lots of tight curves and more elevation changes. Keep your eyes on the road: not much in guard rails protecting you from some rather large drop-offs! Eventually you "wind down" on some less technical roads and at a little gas station/convenience shop. IIRC, this station has REAL gas (no ethanol).

Road Quality

I'm rating this as a three. Some sections are real nice; some are dirty. The west side of the road is hard for me to read where it looks like there's loose gravel, but it's really not.

Roadside Amenities

Not a whole lot between the two main roads. Take this drive for the scenery and the curves.

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By Papi&Nene
on July 10, 2015 2 out of 2 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2003

Motorcycle Make Harley Wide Glide

Motorcycle Type Other

We went from 64 to 74, I would recommend heading the other direction if possible. You'll get a better view of the stream and falls. Very nice ride and the road was good.

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By I RYD
on January 30, 2017 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2010

Motorcycle Make HD Ultra

Motorcycle Type Touring

Great road. Found out about it reading a bulletin board at Deals Gap. Not a lot of traffic. Great scenery, good elevation change.

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By FJR2010
on August 26, 2014 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2010

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

Just to update on this road: We rode it in June and it was fairly torn up with maintenance work. It's dirty and gravelly even when it's good, a little more so now. It may be cleaned up by the fall. Otherwise, it's a longish segment that's scenic, but not a good road to run fast, if that's your wont.

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By TwistedRider
on June 11, 2013 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2012

Motorcycle Make Honda Goldwing

Motorcycle Type Touring

One of my favorite roads, anywhere! I visit the area a few times per year and I always make sure this one is on the route. Great place to stop at the northern end. There is a river raft launch point. Great place to sit back rest and watch the river go by. HUGE FUN. Put this road on your route!!!!

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By BBBBurns
on August 14, 2012 1 out of 2 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2010

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki Concours

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

Great road with TONS of tight turns. I'm giving it 3 stars because some of the turns were SUPER tight for a bigger bike. There is NOTHING back here on part of this and no one going by so if you got in trouble you might not see anyone for a while.

The west side did have a lot of gravel in some of the turns.

Despite the above - this ride was fantastic. Amazingly technical turns with huge elevation changes.

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By Shiftless
on January 17, 2012 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1999

Motorcycle Make Suzuki Intruder LC1500

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

This is one of my favorite rides. About halfway through, look for Winding Stairs Rd. on your left. You can take it a few miles up a winding road to a nice lake. If you're really adventurous and have a suitable ride, keep on past the lake and the road becomes a seep, rocky and primitive forest road that really lives up to the "Winding Stairs" name and goes down all the way to US74, joining a couple miles north of the Wayah Road turnoff

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By Deacon742
on September 10, 2016 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year Valkyrie 1999

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Road West to East. Roadway started of rough but after a few miles turned to new smooth blacktop. Nice surface with heavy gravel shoulders. road this fourth out of five rated roads today including the Dragon. Without a doubt this was my favorite. Lots of switch backs and hairpins. Would be a five except for gravel in a number of turns. Very little traffic on this gem.

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By RacsoRider
on September 9, 2014 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Great scenic road with lots of turns and different elevations 3200 ft above sea level. Traffic is minimal, only local traffic. Great restaurant Lakes End Grill by the lake. Try the Monster Burger. This road has 28 miles of fantastic motorcycle riding. I enjoyed it better than Dragons Tail.

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By 3fan4evr
on August 19, 2014 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year '09

Motorcycle Make Star Raider

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Loved this road, until it started raining. Became VERY slick along the river. All in all, a must ride !!

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By TwistedRider
on August 14, 2013 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2012

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Touring

One of my favorite rides. Be sure to stop at the northern end and checkout the raft launch site. Lots of fun turns with limited access. ENJOY!

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By Moe-Moe
on October 12, 2012 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make Yamaha Roadliner

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

I recently came across this road by accident while on a trip to the Smokies with my father (our 1st father-daughter trip!!). We hit all of the "classic" roads in the area, but I'd still have to say this one was our favorite and will be a "must ride" every time I return to the area. There is quite a bit of shifting involved and has some very tight, blind, decreasing radius turns but all in all we loved it, we felt like OWNED the road. We didn't see one vehicle until we were taking a photo opp at a bridge.

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