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The Franklin NC East Loop is located in Western North Carolina near the city of Franklin.


This is an amazing ride with a wide variety of terrain and scenery.  From carving up the valley along the Cullasaja River to the sweeping curves of the Blue Ridge Parkway, this ride has it all.  


The start of this ride includes a section of NC-28 “The Moonshiner’ and also provides an opportunity to see several waterfalls, including Bridal Veil Falls.


This ride should be included on your next trip to ‘Dragon’ country!

Motorcycle Rides, North Carolina, Bryson City, Balsa, Cherokee, Cullowhee, Franklin, Almond, Balsam Grove, Pisgah Forest, Wanyeville, Highlands, Cedar Mountain, Scaly Mountain, Glenville

Location:  Western North Carolina

Approximate Mileage:  150  miles

Estimated Riding Time:  4.75   Hours 

Surface:  Paved



Cullasaja Falls, Bust Your Butt Falls, Dry Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Sequoya Falls - Dam, Will Henry Stevens Covered Bridge, Bear Tracks Travel Center, Portion of NC-28 ‘The Moonshiner’, Southern End of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Several Pullovers and Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Highest Point on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Pinnacle Ridge Tunnel, Sherrill Cove Tunnel, Rattlesnake Mountain Tunnel, Big Witch Tunnel, Bunches Bald Tunnel, Lickston Ridge Tunnel, Waterrock Knob Visitor Center

Franklin NC East Loop

  • If you are riding with a group, we ask that every person using our route for navigation purchase their own copy.


    In order to encourage this, we are happy to offer a discount for group purchases. Please contact us after purchasing 1 item at full price, and we will set up a coupon code that will give everyone in your group 50% off of the same item.

  • Our digital routes are designed to operate in most GPS devices.  In addition to GPSs, our routes should work with several smartphone apps.  They will NOT work on Google Maps or Apple Maps.


    If you plan on using a smartphone app, we recommend the REVER app.  REVER will work with both Android and iOS and in addition to navigation it has many other great features.


    For best results in REVER, download the route to your computer first, then import into your smartphone.  Turn by turn may not work, so we recommend that you utilize the "Follow the Line" option. 


    You can get 20% off your first year’s subscription to REVER by following THIS LINK.

    AND using this coupon code at checkout:  Driftlessforless.


    By using this link and coupon code a portion of your subscription fee will go to support Driftless Roads USA.



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