Wayah Bald Loop

Nantahala National Forest - NC

This ride will take you South to Franklin, NC. You will ride through the Dragon, Hellbender and Moonshiner 28 on the way there and Wayah Bald and Cherohala Skyway on the way back. There are enough twists and turns for almost everyone. Loafers Glory just outside Franklin, NC is a must photo op stop.

Segment #1

  1. Start at Smoky Mountain HD
  2. Head east on W Lamar Alexander Pkwy (US-321). Go for 0.3 mi.
  3. Turn right onto Ross Dr. Go for 0.2 mi.
  4. Turn right onto Big Springs Rd. Go for 1.1 mi.
  5. Turn left onto County Farm Rd. Go for 0.4 mi.
  6. Turn right onto County Farm Rd. Go for 0.3 mi.
  7. Turn left onto William Blount Dr (TN-335). Go for 0.1 mi.
  8. Turn right onto County Farm Rd. Go for 1.0 mi.
  9. Turn right onto Morganton Rd. Go for 1.5 mi.
  10. Turn left onto Clover Hill Rd. Go for 1.7 mi.
  11. Continue on Calderwood Hwy (US-129). Go for 32.1 mi.
  12. Optional stop Calderwood Dam Overlook
  13. Continue on Tapoco Rd (US-129). Go for 0.7 mi.
  14. Optional stop Deals Gap
  15. Turn left onto Highway 28 N (NC-28). Go for 31.9 mi.
  16. Optional stop Fontana Gas Stop
  17. Turn left onto Highway 19 W (US-74 E) toward US-19 N/US-28 S/Bryson City/Asheville. Go for 3.1 mi.
  18. Turn right onto Highway 28 S (NC-28 S) toward Franklim. Go for 19.2 mi.
  19. Continue on Riverview St toward Hospital. Go for 0.9 mi.
  20. Continue on Depot St. Go for 0.6 mi.
  21. Arrive at Caffe Rel.

Segment #2

  1. Start at Caffe Rel
  2. Head toward NE Main St on Depot St. Go for 430 ft.
  3. Turn left onto NE Main St (US-441-BR). Go for 0.1 mi.
  4. Continue on E Main St (US-441-BR). Go for 0.4 mi.
  5. Turn left onto Porter St (US-441-BR). Go for 341 ft.
  6. Turn right onto W Palmer St. Go for 4.7 mi.
  7. Turn right onto Wayah Rd. Go for 6.7 mi.
  8. Optional stop Loafer’s Glory
  9. Turn right onto Wayah Rd. Go for 6.7 mi.
  10. Turn right onto Wayah Rd. Go for 21.6 mi.
  11. Turn left onto US Highway 19 (US-19/US-74). Go for 2.2 mi.
  12. Turn right onto US-129 toward Robbinsville/Fontana. Go for 13.0 mi.
  13. Optional stop Shell Robbinsville
  14. Turn left onto Massey Branch Rd (NC-143). Go for 3.4 mi.
  15. Turn right onto Snowbird Rd (NC-143 W) toward Cherohala Skyway. Go for 2.2 mi.
  16. Continue on Santeetlah Rd (NC-143). Go for 4.7 mi.
  17. Continue on Cherohala Skwy (NC-143). Go for 17.8 mi.
  18. Continue on Cherohala Skwy (TN-165). Go for 22.7 mi.
  19. Optional stop Turkey Creek Overlook
  20. Turn right onto Highway 360 (TN-360). Go for 22.2 mi.
  21. Turn right onto Highway 411 (US-411). Go for 2.7 mi.
  22. Turn left onto E Coast Tellico Pkwy. Go for 6.0 mi.
  23. Turn right onto National Campground Rd. Go for 1.5 mi.
  24. Turn right onto Highway 95 N (TN-95). Go for 2.4 mi.
  25. Turn left onto Brooks Rd. Go for 0.3 mi.
  26. Turn slightly right onto Brooks Rd. Go for 1.5 mi.
  27. Turn slightly right onto Sheets Hollow Rd. Go for 1.7 mi.
  28. Turn slightly right onto Sheets Hollow Rd. Go for 118 ft.
  29. Turn right onto Meadow Rd. Go for 0.3 mi.
  30. Continue on Kirk Rd. Go for 0.4 mi.
  31. Turn left onto Kirk Rd. Go for 0.2 mi.
  32. Turn left onto Misty Valley Rd. Go for 1.5 mi.
  33. Turn right onto Marble Hill Rd. Go for 1.1 mi.
  34. Turn right onto Marble Hill Rd. Go for 1.0 mi.
  35. Turn right onto Big Springs Rd. Go for 5.4 mi.
  36. Continue on S Old Glory Rd. Go for 0.6 mi.
  37. Turn right onto W Lamar Alexander Pkwy (US-321). Go for 0.7 mi.
  38. Arrive at Smoky Mountain HD. Your destination is on the right.