This route is very simple to describe. Grab a road atlas and you will see the town of Ocoee in the southeast corner of Tennessee (near Cleveland TN). From Ocoee just travel east along highway 64 to Ducktown Tennessee.
This route is situated in the southeast corner of Tennessee and takes you to and through the Cherokee National Forest by way of the Ocoee River Gorge The section of the route that is in the Cherokee National Forest is an official (actually the first one in the country) National Forest Byway One of the best things about this route is that this part of Tennessee is loaded with some of the best motorcycle roads in all of the Appalachian Mountains Take your own side trips and find and submit your own "MotorcycleRoads route.Smokey mountains ... a beautiful lake ... a powerful river ... thick forest ... this route is loaded with scenery!The route itself hugs the sides of the beautiful Lake Ocoee, which is nestled in between tall mountains This lake is actually a reservoir that has been formed by the construction of the Ocoee Dam Along the route there are many scenic overlooks for you to pull over at and take in the magnificent views of the lake and mountains The road later follows the twisting path of Ocoee River as you head east and finally out of the National Forest into the very corner of Tennessee.
The roads on this route are top quality motorcycle roads. The mountain roads are full of twists and turns and elevation changes. This part of the state is less traveled and so you may have them to yourself at times.
This is indeed a beautiful ride, but beware of HUGE congestion in the upper reaches of Lake Ocoee. The rafters are there in force at certain times during the summer months. Numerous buses hauling them in & out are both parked on the shoulders as well as using the roadway. Not trying to scare anyone away, but please just be aware of the crowd if they are there and use extreme caution as you enjoy the trip.
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4 riders found this road review useful
June 26, 2009
0 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Touring
My husband and I enjoy this ride almost weekly. You never get tired of the scenery, the river or the mountains. there are so many different rides that begin on this route, that you cannot go wrong in any direction! The rafting crowd is not as bad as it used to be. I think the enconomy is hurting the business somewhat. Weekdays are the best! The rafting traffice doesn't bother us, but you should be aware of the 18 wheelers. Some of them have a difficult time with the curves. Just observe the speed warnings and you will be okay. Ride Safe!!!!
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Mando and Bubba
September 25, 2014
8 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Sport - Touring
Mando and I included portions of this route as we traveled via scenic highways from our homes in Southern Illinois to the Smoky Mountains. The portion of the trip in lower middle Tennessee from Waynesboro to Monteagle was on Tn 64. Tn 64 has many identities: Lawrenceburg Highway, Fayetteville Highway, McBurg Road, Winchester Highway, and, mainly, The David Crockett Scenic Highway. Nevertheless, it is a limited access four lane highway featuring sweeping curves and splendid vistas.
After bypassing the Chattanooga area via I24 and I75, we reconnected with Tn 64 at Cleveland, Tn. This is the well know Ocoee River Scenic highway section.
We traveled the area during September, 2014. Rafting and vacationing crowds were nonexistent. Good ride.
We exited Nc 64 for Nc 74 in Murphy, Nc. to complete the last leg pf our trip to Cherokee, Nc.
327 miles covered in one day with about 250 of them on scenic highways. Plenty of gas and food along the way.