Start in Shelby, NC and take US 74 West for about 20 miles to Alt-US 74. Take Alt-US 74 west northwest up to Rutherfordton, NC and then get on Hwy 64 (take a left) heading west northwest up to Lake Lure, NC. Continue on 74 until US 64 sharply turns off to the left ... instead of taking that, stay straight which actually turns into Alt 74 again and take this all the way up to Asheville, NC.
This route covers some really nice two lane roads. As you get closer to Lake Lure the road gets very twisty. Lots of hairpin turns into and out of Lake Lure. Lake Lure is also the location that Dirty Dancing was filmed.
As you get closer to Lake Lure the road gets very twisty. Lots of hairpin turns into and out of Lake Lure. Lake Lure is also the location that Dirty Dancing was filmed.
Plenty of restaurants to eat in Lake Lure. Lake Lure and Chimney Rock have plenty of shopping (think smaller Gatlinburg without the go-carts).
Scenic route. Pleasant drive, with lots of twisty roads in the town of Lake Lure itself, however, I've been through Lake Lure 8 different times and have YET to not end up behind some jeep or mini-van doing 25 mph, slowing down for every "fun" corner. The last time was after Easter Weekend when the town comes alive for the season and the traffic was 5X as bad. Outside of town, where the curves are mostly gentle sweepers, there is less traffic and it's moving at a faster pace, but there are very few "fun" (as in sport bike fun) corners outside the town itself.
Also, should you think about going up the road to chimney rock and not planning on paying the $15 entrance fee to get into the park, save your time and suspension. The road going up the mountain to the entrance gates is narrow, full of patches, blind corners, often with the road not wide enough for 2 vehicles, and there isn't a view to speak of from the turn-around point , unless you are going to pay the $15 per person to go into the actual park and go up to the top of Chimney Rock.