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3 out of 5 Rider Rating 3
2 Reviews

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By James_03_rc (5 McR Points) on Jan 02, 2014

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NCMikey
2 McR Points
April 10, 2015
I took this route from the start of 197 at the…
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texasrider
2 McR Points
December 5, 2014
Northern part of this road coming from Burleson…
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Written Directions

The Route 197/Pensacola Rd. is right off US 19E heading south out of Burnsville NC. I'm talking about the part that is between E U.S. Highway 19E Bypass, Burnsville, NC 28714 and Ogle Meadows Rd, Burnsville, NC 28714.

Scenery

This road follows along a stream for a good portion of it, through farm land in the foot hills of Appalachian Mountains.

Drive Enjoyment

The road is full of sweepers, 'S turns' and switch backs. The road has been recently repaved and in really good shape. But watch out, after the up hill switch backs on the south end, just before Ogle Meadows Rd, the road turns to dirt.

Tourism Opportunities

None along the route, only farm houses.

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NCMikey
April 10, 2015
2 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Other
I took this route from the start of 197 at the southern part. My Spyder handles unpaved roads fine so I attempted the entire Hwy. I did need to keep speeds VERY low throughout the unpaved part but the scenery was great. Lots of areas to see rapids, lots of small waterfalls, etc. The paved part was nice, lots of curves, sweeps, switchbacks. Only advice I'd give is make sure your tank is full before you go because there is literally nothing to stop at.
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texasrider
December 5, 2014
2 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
Northern part of this road coming from Burleson is really nice. Country scenery along a river and not very challenging in terms of steep curves and altitude climb. The latter part gets really steep with some awesome swithchbacks, had to take several in first gear. Should be very careful as there were several spots with gravel in the road from the steep driveways along the way. I would highly recommend the ride. You will have to turn around at the top of the mountain as the other side is a gravel road, unless you want to crawl down the other side. It is shorter and gets you back to Ashville a lot quicker, but is gravel.
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