Submit your on this road.
At long last, the nice twisty bits on either side of NC 286 have been repaved!
It's still a challenging road, but now it's for all of the right reasons.
There is gravel in some corners, and wet leaves in the fall are going to be an issue, but otherwise it's time to head on up and enjoy!
- Rider from Durham, NC (8/24/14)
Stumbled across this road headed to Mt. Airy for the weekend.
On my 600 Shadow it flat-out was the most twistie-filled ride I’ve had yet.
Has me Jonesing to make my first 'Dragon' trip.
Road does still need some improvement, but is a real skills test for those of you (like me) who have been developing those riding skills.
- Anonymous (8/2/12)
Take Highway 66N from the Mountain View Road intersection, run that North to NC 268 East then right turn onto Highway 89E to Danbury.
This route features a mix of sweeping turns and tight twisties, you will ride by Hanging Rock and there are a few restaurants along the route.
- Rider from New York City (9/4/11)
Rode this on from Mt. Olive to NC 89 then on to Mt Airy.
Very enjoyable ride with some challenging hairpins and some great scenery too.
Nice banked turns and no areas where rocks or gravel are on the road.
Only downside was the condition of the road – no potholes, but the right half of the lane is crumbling and sloped to the right, creating a 'ridge' in the middle of the lane for a good portion of this ride.
- Butch Bennett (5/21/11)
It's got some hairpins like the 'Tail of the Dragon'.
It's got some places to get out of second gear and let the bike cool down.
For 2 hours outside of a 1 million population center, it's not bad!
- Joel Dooris (7/30/09)
I was surprised to find this was just 10 miles long...tight twisties, well banked road.
This is a LOCAL road, so expect other traffic.
For 'bonus miles' turn right on NC-89, past Danbury, NC, then right again at Hanging Rock State Park.
I know, no loop roads.
Another good place is Dan River Family Restaurant on NC-8/89, or turn left on NC-89 to Mt Airy, NC.
You could follow NC-89 west to the BRP, or Galax, VA (more good roads).
- Frank Pennucci (11/18/08)
I rode Highway 66 from Rural Hall up to Highway 89 this weekend.
Lots of leaves on the road but, otherwise an excellent road to ride.
Very little traffic.
It is a "GEM" close to WS.
I look forward to riding it again.
This was my second trip on it.
- Rick 'Cowboy' Goforth (11/10/08)
I recently re-rode this road, this time south to north (from Rural Hall) to see if my opinion of it would change, and it has.
The road surface could still use improvement, but it is better going north than south.
That said, this is a heckuva ride.
Many of the curves are tighter than they look, and there are many blind spots around the corners, especially on right-handers.
Remember to use common sense, and you'll find a great opportunity to hone your riding skills, no matter how much experience you have.
- Rider from Durham, North Carolina (1/14/08)
Potentially a superb ride, as otherwise noted.
However, the road condition (as of June 2006) is fairly poor, especially in the twistiest sections - the center part of each lane is rough and crumbly, making it difficult to ride a safe line.
Hopefully, it's scheduled for repaving Real Soon.
- Rider from Durham, North Carolina (6/17/06)
Great ride with plenty of turns.
Very little vehicle and motorcycle traffic.
We call it the 'Mini Dragons Tail'.
There are warning signs spray painted in the road telling you when to slow down. Great ride.
- Rider from Winston-Salem, North Carolina