Where to ride & what to do?

Thunder in the Smokies Tour Ride

 

Saturday Tour Ride 10 Am

Leaves out at 10 am on Saturday and lasts about an hour. Take a ride to the Blue Ridge Parkway, stop at the Waterrock Knob Overlook and return back to the rally. Get gas beforehand because there are no gas stations along the way.

Blue Ridge Parkway

A ride on the parkway is close to heaven with no stoplights or billboards just a nice ride through the Great Smoky Mountains.

Linn Cove Viaduct

This 1243-foot concrete segmental bridge on the Blue Ridge Parkway snakes around the slopes of Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina. It was completed in 1987 at a cost of $10 million and was the last section of the Blue Ridge Parkway to be finished. To ride across and get a close look at this engineering marvel, drive north on the Parkway for 78 miles from Asheville to Milepost 304.

Wheels through Time Museum

Home to the world’s premier collection of rare American motorcycles, memorabilia, and a distinct array of unique “one-off” American automobiles. Located in Maggie Valley, NC, the museum houses a collection of over 350 rare machines.

Cherokee, NC

Cherokee is a town on the reservation home of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation, in western North Carolina. At Oconaluftee Indian Village, the 18th-century Cherokee lifestyle is preserved via live demonstrations. In summer at the outdoor Mountainside Theatre, the drama "Unto These Hills" tells the tribal story.

Mount Mitchell State Park

Mount Mitchell is the highest mountain in the United States east of the Mississippi River and the highest in all of eastern North America. The elevation is 6,684 feet (2,037 m) above sea level. It is protected by Mount Mitchell State Park and surrounded by the Pisgah National Forest. It is located near Burnsville in Yancey County, North Carolina, in the Black Mountain subrange of the Appalachians, and about 19 miles northeast of Asheville.

Views you won't forget

View from the Blue Ridge Parkway Blue Ridge Parkway The Great Smoky Mountains in the Fall in Maggie Valley, NC View of Maggie Valley NC Thunder in the Smokies Tour Ride Blue Ridge Parkway Waterfall in the Great Smoky Mountains

Elk Reserve

Cataloochee Valley is also home to nine historic buildings, including a school, church, barn and several homes. The experimental release of elk into Great Smoky Mountains National Park began in February 2001 with the importation of 25 elk, In 2002, the park imported another 27 animals. All elk are radio collared and are monitored. By 2016, the number has grown to almost 200. Take caution when riding as this is a gravel mountain road.

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