Motorcycle season is in full swing. Check out these super scenic and adventurous motorcycle routes across the southeastern United States to spice up your usual route!
Alabama - Cheaha Mountain Skyway – With 20+ miles of unspoiled countryside, the Cheaha Mountain Skyway is perfect for the rider that enjoys the scenic route. As you roll along the edge of Cheaha Mountain in eastern Alabama, be on the lookout for deer, hawks, and other wildlife creatures lurking in the heavily wooded forests. You’ll also tour through postcard-worthy meadows, farms, and small towns.
Arkansas - The Arkansas Dragon – The scenery is exceptional, but you’ll really enjoy the switchbacks, hills, and curves at every mile. Though truck traffic is not allowed on this road, Arkansas Motorcycle Trips does not suggest this ride for inexperienced riders, as the hairpin turns and switchbacks could be difficult for them to safely maneuver.
Florida - Indian River Lagoon Short Loop – This route is perfect for both experienced riders and beginners. You’ll cruise over smooth hills, follow gentle curves, and pass picture perfect beaches. Get your camera ready! This trip is the perfect combination of rural roads and scenic highway.
Georgia – Northern Georgia Scenic Byway Loop – Steep, curvy, and nearly traffic-less, these roads were meant for motorcycles. You’ll cruise passed U.S. Government designated scenic byways, Georgia’s tallest mountain, and through the Chattahoochee National Forest.
Louisiana – A Circle around Toledo Bend Reservoir – If you’re a fan of the piney woods and hills of east Texas, you’ll enjoy this 5-hour trek through Louisiana's country farmland. The balance of hills and creeks means you’ll likely see wildlife like foxes and bluebirds.
Mississippi – Mississippi Salt Flats – Really like to twist on the throttle? This four-lane interstate was originally built in case of hurricane evacuation from the coast area of Mississippi, so the road is sleek and smooth. Don’t fly through, though; you’ll miss Mississippi’s famous Piney Woods!
North Carolina – The Cherokee Run – The road is carved out of the mountain so prepare for tight turns and twists. As far as scenery goes, you’ll enjoy water in the valley to one side and a sheer rock face to the other. This the perfect route to take if you’ve got a few days to explore the area, as you’ll pass through the Cherokee Nation’s reservation which offers, hiking, camping, arts and crafts shopping, native elk herd viewing, and hours of fishing!
South Carolina – Beaufort Scenery – For another affordable day trip on your bike, hit the historic district of Beaufort. The charming town is a perk, but the rivers and barrier islands of Hunting Island State Park are the true gems. The roads were recently expanded and the bridges into town are new, so your ride should be nice and smooth.
Tennessee – Cades Cove Run – This two-lane road follows the contour of the river, offering many exciting twists and turns for experienced riders. Cades Cove is part of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, so there are no guard rails and the road is quite narrow. Take your time here; the valley is framed by high peaks and wildlife is active in the area, especially in the morning and afternoon.
Texas – Willow City Loop, Gillespie County – It’s nearly impossible to pick just one route in the great state of Texas, but here we go. This back road loop is filled to the brim with bluebonnets, Indian paintbrush, whitetail deer, and cattle! For a short but scenic trip, grab a group of friends and ride “the loop;” it only takes about 30 minutes to complete.
Virginia – Blue Ridge Parkway – There is limited access to this route, which means little traffic and more importantly, very few trucks! Take a break at one of the many overlooks to enjoy breathtaking views of the Smoky Mountains.
Before you head out on any one of these routes, check that your bike is in good riding condition, your safety gear is good to go, and that your motorcycle insurance is up to date. Many insurance companies allow you to access your motorcycle insurance online, but you can also go online to compare your motorcycle insurance rate.
When you’re ready to hit the road, remember that it’s not the destination that matters, it’s the journey. Wherever you are, be safe and enjoy the ride!