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4.36 out of 5 Rider Rating 4.36
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"Beginners Beware"

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By Guest (0 McR Points) on Apr 30, 2000

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Orange-GTO
2 McR Points
October 30, 2013
We did the portion of this route known as the…
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Guest
June 3, 2013
What a Great road! We were visiting the Blue…
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Written Directions

I usually start my ride out of Marion, NC off of hwy 70. Head west out of Marion and grab hwy 80 going north all the way up to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Head north/east on the Blue Ridge Parkway to hwy 226a (Little Switzerland). Head south on 226a until it intersects with 226 and head back north on 226 back up to the parkway. North on the parkway to 221 and where you want to get on 221 heading south and back down to hwy 70/Marion. To get to the suggested starting point in Marion, from Charlotte head north on I-77 to I-40 west. from Ashville, NC take I-40 east into Marion.

Scenery

If you dare to take your eyes off the road you will see some of NC's awesome mountain scenery. Photo contributed by visitor in Jun 09 - "Taken above the "Cradle of Forestry". Take the Parkway West towards Mt. Pisgah; its the last overlook before you come to highway 276 (which takes you to Sliding Rock, Looking Glass Falls and the Cradle of Forestry). Its a beautiful ride, not too difficult."

Drive Enjoyment

There are some steep drops and lots of tight curves. Hwy 80 can be "interesting" if you encounter a log truck. Traffic is generally light and only locals. 80 is on the narrow side, and has a significant grade. Usually the pavement is in decent to good shape (new blacktop summer of 2001). Curves are banked just right. 226a, 226, and 221 are generally a little more traveled by those dreaded 4 wheel cages but also a lot of fun.

Tourism Opportunities

There are several food and fuel establishments in Marion, NC including an ice cream shop at the intersection 80 and 70. Little Switzerland also has food and lodging. There is a country store at the bottom of 226A that serves burgers and dogs and fuel. There are also several food establishments along the parkway in various locations.

Motorcycle Road Additional info

- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather . - Visit North Carolina web site.

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Orange-GTO
October 30, 2013
2 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Other
We did the portion of this route known as the Devils Whip. The road is fantastic! (PS. Sorry to crash the motorcycle group, but this resource has been fantastic for our car club). The day we drove it as a group the road had hardly any traffic and the pavement conditions were excellent!
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Guest
June 3, 2013
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Motorcycle Type : Touring
What a Great road! We were visiting the Blue Ridge Parkway and discovered it by accident. It was pouring rain and we were ready to call it a day when we came to a sign that said Marion 16 miles and the other town was 17 miles in the opposite direction, so I chose the short route. OMG! We didn't know what were getting ourselves into. Pouring rain and this road ain't cool, but we made it just fine and spent the night in Marion. We rode back up the next morning (it was clear weather) just to see it without rain and fog. Great ride!
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Guest
February 11, 2011
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Motorcycle Type : Sport
I love this ride! It is probably my favorite of all the trips we make. However the Beginners Beware advice is for real, but it's a heck of an adrenaline rush!
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