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3.2 out of 5 Rider Rating 3.2
10 Reviews

Route 16 - Charlotte to Wilkesboro

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By Guest (0 McR Points) on Sep 01, 2008

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May 28, 2010
Good ride. I added 421 to the Blue Ridge Parkway…
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November 12, 2010
This route is nothing but typical 2 lane town to…
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Written Directions

This route runs along Hwy 16 from Charlotte up to Wilkesboro, NC. Follow the signs but avoid the business route - though it does take you through some quaint small towns with some really cool old homes.

Scenery

Wilkesboro says that it's the gateway to the mountains and if you take this ride, you'll see why. As you top the hills, the views are breathtaking as they overlook the Blue Ridge mountains.

Drive Enjoyment

For the most part the roads are excellent. A bit of bumpy stuff around the little towns. Well marked for those not too familiar with the area.

Tourism Opportunities

Gas is available as you need it. Restaurants are available and I highly recommend a little family owned place called "the Triple Play" ... just north of Taylorsville. Highly recommend the burgers or hamburger steak. Secret recipe with a bit of a kick. It's a must! Homemade pie too! OVERALL EXCELLENT!

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Guest
May 28, 2010
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Motorcycle Type : Touring
Good ride. I added 421 to the Blue Ridge Parkway into Blowing Rock, where I stopped at Tucker's Cafe. Then 321 south into Lenoir and 90 across to Taylorsville where I picked up 16 again and went back to Charlotte. About 260 miles total and a good ride!!!
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November 12, 2010
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This route is nothing but typical 2 lane town to town w/ a lot of traffic until you get north of Taylorsville...Save your time and take I-77 north to I-40 west to exit 148, hwy 64 west to Taylorsville. Then get on 16 north...You will then cross the Brushy Mtns. through the apple orchards...Continuing on north of N. Wilkesboro is when the ride really gets good...16 continues to Virginia and right near the state line is Shatley Springs...This stop is a must if you like really good country cookin' (Just like momma's).
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July 9, 2012
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Took 16 in 96 degree weather. I really enjoyed the ride, the best area is above Taylorsville. I cut over to 115 via country club road and took 115 south. While I enjoyed 16 north, 115 south above Statesville was really beautiful and there was literally no traffic. Nice smooth road and lots of nice curves. I took 115 down to Davidson. There are nice historic towns along the way. Beware of Mooresville. I picked up a nail in my front tire and had to trailer the bike home. Talking with some folks around there as they said that a number of roofs are being replaced in the city due to hail damage.
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