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4.33 out of 5 Rider Rating 4.33
5 Reviews

US 221 - Independence, VA to Boone, NC

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By Wing Rider (5 McR Points) on Aug 29, 2011

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Charles Peterson
115 McR Points
June 25, 2016
Tennessee's US-421, "The Snake", west of Shady…
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journeyman28778
2 McR Points
July 16, 2018
This is one of my all-time favorite rides. It's a…
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We took this route on a recent visit to Boone, NC. We drove in pulling our Gold Wing, and returned later in the week to ride it. From Independence, VA follow US 221 for approximately 56 miles into Boone, NC. The road is miles and miles of sweeping curves and incredible views of the evergreen farms and the New River. The speed limit is 55 throughout most of the route, but we barely got above 45 most of the time. US 221 merges with US 421 near Boone. Take this route to get to the Blue Ridge Parkway outside of Boone.

Scenery

Stunning views of the evergreen farms in the area and the surrounding hills. The New River runs along the route at one point.

Drive Enjoyment

There was some minor road construction around a curve, with some excess dirt and stones on the pavement.

Tourism Opportunities

Once you leave Independence, the next major town is Jefferson, NC, which has an abundance of restaurants, gas, etc.

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Charles Peterson
June 25, 2016
115 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Other
Tennessee's US-421, "The Snake", west of Shady Valley in northeastern TN, should not be confused with US-421 east of Boone, NC. (The Country Store on US-421 is located in Tennessee.)
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journeyman28778
July 16, 2018
2 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
This is one of my all-time favorite rides. It's a 5 star route, if not for the gravel in some of the curves (it was pretty clear on my last ride in July 2018). Fantastic sweeping curves, gorgeous scenery, and very few cars. The speed limit is 55 which, other than in the straightaways, is pretty close to what you might wish it would be. Yeah, watch for the gravel in the tighter turns, but otherwise be prepared for one sweet ride. I end with a craft beer and food at Creek Bottom Brewing in Galax, then backtrack to camp at the beautiful campground on the river after the bridge and the VA/NC line (you'll see it on the way up).
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neckyzips
September 25, 2017
2 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Sport - Touring
i grew up in Sparta, have ridden this road all my life on sport bikes and more recently sport touring bikes. its a fantastic road. but lately its full of gravel, lovely NC DOT thinks dumping gravel on the roadsides is a wonderful idea, personally i think its a plan to slow motorcyclists down, and it works... just be careful!
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