The Day Trip
This is a nice all day roundtrip from Knoxville. Highway 25 to Newport and continue following the river to Hot Springs N.C. Turn right onto NC 209 and follow to I-40. This section is a scenic river valley with places to pull off and enjoy the view. I-40 pick up Highway 276 into the Maggie Valley area. While in Maggie Valley stop and look over the antiques at the Wheels of Time Museum. Many interesting motorcycles, cars and other old time items. Return to 276 and continue over the mountain to Brevard N.C. Along the way there are some interesting scenic spots to stop and see. In Brevard turn west on Hwy 64 to Franklin N.C. Pick up Hwy 23N to the Blue Ridge Parkway. At the Parkway turn south and go to the end of the Parkway north of Cherokee N.C. Turn right (north) onto 441 to Gatlinburg TN. Side trip to Clingman's Dome at the Newfound Gap (top of mountain) IF the weather is clear. Continue to the Sugarlands visitor center (worth taking a look here) just prior to Gatlinburg. Turn left - west - and follow the river road through the park. Warning this section is the most popular section of the park and can be heavily traveled and congested. At the western end take the left fork to Cades Cove. This loop road in season can be a long slow trip as the road is a narrow one way road with lots of traffic and wild life. Returning after the loop follow Hwy 321 to Maryville and then Hwy 129 to Knoxville. Enjoy the full day of riding.