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The Highlands NC Loop is located in Western North Carolina and Northern South Carolina.


Starting in Highlands, NC, this loop is mainly located in the Nantahala National Forest and so it is almost a constant feed of twists, turns and hills.  Near the start of the ride, this loop takes riders past several waterfalls including the popular Bridal Veil falls.  Be sure to stop for a quick picture!


This loop includes both main roads and smaller side roads that are equally as challenging.  Rounding out the fun, this loop also includes a generous portion of NC-28, ‘The Moonshiner’.


In addition to the great riding in North Carolina, this loop also dips into South Carolina for a short distance, so riders get to experience the great roads in two states!


This section of the Smokey Mountains has a huge number of amazing roads and we have created a number of great loops in this part of the country.  This loop is close to the Tail of the Dragon, the Cherohala Skyway, and Smokey Mountains National Park.  If you are planning an extended trip to this area, be sure to check out some of our other great routes.


Location:  Western North Carolina / Northern South Carolina

Approximate Mileage:  130  miles

Estimated Riding Time:  4.5  Hours 

Surface:  Paved



BWH Stevens Cover Bridge, Sequoya Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Dry Falls, Bust Your Butt Falls, Diamond Hole Gem Mine, Big Scenic Overlook, Cashiers Historical Landmarks, Moody Springs Oconee State Park, Russell Farmstead

Highlands NC 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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