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4.88 out of 5 Rider Rating 4.88
16 Reviews

"The Snake" - Hwy 421 & 34

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By MCR Contributor (952 McR Points) on May 15, 2011

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GJRonK
1459 McR Points
August 12, 2012
--This was fun from end to end. Aptly named as…
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Nogear
November 9, 2011
Love this road! I like it better than Tail of the…
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Written Directions

From Mountain City, TN, take Hwy 421 North through the Cherokee Nat'l Forest, Shady Valley, TN, and on to Holston Valley, TN. As a short side trip, take TN 133 North 10 miles to see Backbone Rock.

Scenery

This route takes you from Mountain City, TN to Holston Valley riding through the Cherokee Nat'l Forest. Riding through mountains and valleys with great vistas and ending with a view of South Holston Lake.

Drive Enjoyment

The Snake is said to have "489 curves, 3 mountains, 1 valley packed into 33 miles!" As you leave Mountain City, riding through the Cherokee Nat'l Forest, there are some great views as you ascend over the first mountain ridge on some of the best twisties in the area. The climb over the second ridge is as good as the first with more twisting/turning roads that will leave you exhilarated. The ride ends up in Holston Valley after crossing Holston Lake. We hold our Annual Rune Rally in nearby Erwin, Tn and this ribbon of asphalt one of our favorites.

Tourism Opportunities

Mountain City and Holston Valley have everything you want and need for a great get away, and in the middle of this ride is the Shady Valley Country Store. They have great burgers/sandwiches, snacks and souvenirs too.

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Tennessee Route 421 - The Snake (East)
Tennessee Route 421 - The Snake (East)
Tennessee Route 421 - The Snake (East)
Tennessee Route 421 - The Snake (East)
Tennessee Route 421 - The Snake (East)
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GJRonK
August 12, 2012
1459 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
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This was fun from end to end. Aptly named as there are plenty of turns (in two sections), forest scenery, good pavement. Halfway across, in a valley, is a small store for refreshments and many porch chairs to rest on and watch all the other bike
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Nogear
November 9, 2011
0 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Sport - Touring
Love this road! I like it better than Tail of the Dragon.
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slick
August 5, 2011
2 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
More popular with sport bikes. If you like to drag your floorboards and meet a lot of great people, this is the road for you.
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