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4.33 out of 5 Rider Rating 4.33
11 Reviews

Route 181 - Joanas Ridge to Morganton

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By Guest (0 McR Points) on Apr 30, 2006

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Guest
August 8, 2010
I live in Morganton, NC and I often take this…
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February 4, 2008
Jonas Ridge Outfiters at the top is under new…
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Written Directions

Get yourself to Morganton, NC and from there its very easy ... just take route 181 north all the way to Joanas Ridge.

Scenery

Mountains, mountains, and more mountains ... GREAT mountain views from the top.

Drive Enjoyment

Just paved in 2005, beware of wet road like ice when wet ... like fly paper when dry!!! Watch for cops after 9am on weekends.

Tourism Opportunities

Great store at top gas, food, and clean restrooms.

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Guest
August 8, 2010
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Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
I live in Morganton, NC and I often take this ride just to get away for a bit when I don't have time to go on a day trip. It is a beautiful 11 mile (each-way) ride which takes you through Pisgah National Forest . Once you get to Jonas Ridge, there are many other places to ride to such as Grandfather Mountain, Linville Gorge, Linville Falls, Beech Mountain etc. The road is two lane but has a third passing lane every so often for cars that are impatient. The road is very winding which I personally like. I would compare it with the Tail of the Dragon except the turns are not as tight. Actually, this would be a awesome competition run for sport bikes if someone had the knowledge and capital to market and promote it. More amenities along the route would have given it a higher rating.
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Guest
February 4, 2008
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Motorcycle Type : Sport - Touring
Jonas Ridge Outfiters at the top is under new Management, geared towards all motorcycle riders. They have a great little resturant and the food was excelent for $4.75.
Road was great and the temps for February were mild. This route (181) is my favorite.
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Guest
June 24, 2012
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Motorcycle Type : Sport
I've ridden this road on countless bikes. It is an amazing road! Sharp turns, good banking but when wet, SLICK!! Good road for the moderately skilled rider
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