This is a fantastic road!
I find it best to start South then travel North to get the full effect.
This is a tough road and you can easily speed through turns because they are very long and sweeping in nature.
The turns tend to get tighter and tighter as you get closer to the Blue Ridge Parkway and the summit of the mountain.
Sport bikes and Harleys alike love the road and itís scenic nature.
Please be very careful as there are several bikers (bicyclers) on this road as well.
A friend and myself tend to ride this road pretty fast and it does intimidate the bicycles.
The road is very well maintained and is even fun for cars as well.
Watch out for NCHP.
- Chris, 2009 Yamaha FZ6R (8/16/11)
I grew up in Morganton (Oak Hill area on Hwy 181).
The road is nice, well maintained.
Have seen gravel in some corners, and squids on their backs.
Ride this road with your head, and you'll have a great time.
- Mark Harrison (8/12/08)
South end (Morganton) is very scenic with rolling hills and beautiful landscapes.
Gets twisty and fun as mountains approach on the north end.
Excellent pavement, lots of uphill passing zones.
A superbly remade road to carry you onto the Blue Ridge Parkway.
- Jeff Ashe (10/30/06)
I rode this from the Blue Ridge Parkway down to Interstate 40 in mid September.
Very scenic with a good combination of twisties and sweeping turns.
Road passes through the mountains and alongside orchards.
- Rider from Greensboro, North Carolina (9/20/06)
Rode this from south to north (starting at Morganton).
Starts out nice and easy, then gets twistier and twistier until you reach the summit about 2 miles before Pineola.
Excellent road condition, with several passing lanes during the climb.
The northen end puts you close to Linville Falls and Grandfather Mountain - both worthwhile side trips.
A great gateway into the heart of the Blue Ridge.
- Rider from Durham, North Carolina (9/12/06)