Enter into NC just a few miles SE of Damascus, VA. Riding on a mixture of back-road pavement and a lot of hard-packed dirt/ gravel roads. Enjoy a ride through the beautiful Smoky Mountains and the Cherokee National Forest, Pisgah National Forest, the Great Smoky Mountain National Forest, and the Nantahala National Forest.
You get a break on two short sections of the winding, twisting Blue Ridge Parkway and a stop at the Little Switzerland Café and General Store, home to some wonderful desserts. If you’re ready for an overnight stay, the Alpine Inn is one of several good options.
Head on to Mt. Mitchell (at 6,687 ft. The Highest Peak East of the Mississippi River is their claim) and a very good campground.
Ready for a 6 mile technical section? Then Hurricane Creek Rd. is your thing. This section is not suited for a big, loaded down Adventure Motorcycle. Be very careful at the ending. The Jeep road opens up at the I-40 interstate with no warning and no interchange. You’ll find heavy traffic there for the next mile, then it’s back on the TAT at I-40 interchange #7.
You’ll climb a few miles on a gravel back road up to the Cataloochee Ski area, then down into the town Maggie Valley and the Wheels Through Time Motorcycle Museum.
Just before Andrews, NC, there is a miles-long section of a power line dirt road with switchbacks. NC ends in Tellico Plains, Tennessee, with the last 80 miles being mostly non-pavement.