Wayah Gap Loop

Nantahala National Forest - NC
Wayah Gap

This ride will take you South to Franklin, NC. You will ride through the Dragon on the way and on the way back. This is a relatively short ride but there are enough twists and turns for almost everyone.


1 you will travel down Montval Rd, up to the Foothills Park Way in the middle, down to US 129 where you will ride the Dragon to Deal’s Gap. Here you will make a short recycle stop.
  • 37.1 miles
  • 1 hr 14 min ride time


2 from here you will continue down US 129 through Robbinsville, NC to US 19/74 where you will turn left. You will travel just over 2 miles and take a right on Wayah Gap Rd and end up at an old gas station called Loafer’s Glory, this is a great place to get a group picture.
  • 59.5 miles
  • 1 hr 30 min of ride time


3 you will take a left to stay off of the 4 lane on Old Murphy Rd right into Franklin and stop at the Hot Spot to top off the fuel tanks.
  • 5.4 miles
  • 11 min ride time


4 continue down US 441-BR and stop at Stamey’s Cafe on the right.
  • 0.7 miles
  • 1 min ride time


5 when leaving Stamey’s Cafe, go out the rear of the lot to come into US 441-BR at the stop light. Ride down to Depot St which will bring you to Hwy 28 and let the fun begin again. You can stop at the Old Store at Hwy 28 and US 19/74 if you need some water.
  • 21.3 miles
  • 30 min ride time


6  you will take Hwy 28 all the way to Deal’s Gap where you will pick up US 129 (The Dragon) and ride to the Gravel Pile where you can recycle any liquids you from lunch and the Old Store.
  • 48.5 miles
  • 1 hr 14 min ride time
7 continue on US 129 back to the Foothills Parkway to the middle where you will ride around the Lake In The Sky on Flats Rd. Here you will pick-up Butterfly Gap Rd which is a great close in road with all kinds of twist and turns and the pavement is great. You will connect to Wilkinson Pike and it will bring you to S Court and to the stop light on W Lamar Alexander Pkwy and to Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson.
  • 25.6 miles
  • 51 min ride time