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Motorcycle Touring on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge MotorcyclingThe Blue Ridge Parkway attracts hundreds of thousands of motorcycle riders annually. Many riders consider the Parkway to be among the very best venues in the United States - if not the best. The reasons are clear - beautiful scenery, numerous overlooks and many travel destinations including the Biltmore Estate, Grandfather Mountain, etc.

To keep the Parkway at the top of motorcycle riders' "dream rides" the National Park Service is very concerned about the safety of the riders. A great resource for motorcycle safety tips in the mountains can be found on

Of course, the basic laws must be adhered to such as wearing a helmet, burning headlights and observing the maximum, 45 mph Parkway speed limit. In addition, riders should be aware of sometimes slow moving traffic, and loose gravel after rain and slippery, wet leaves in the fall. Wildlife can also sometimes startle riders.

Have a safe, enjoyable ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway!

Motorcycle Adventure Maps - Blue Ridge Parkway Series

Motorcycle Maps

Created by a motorcyclist, these maps are designed to take your ride to a whole new level. Other maps may show you where the roads are, but none of them show you which ones are worth riding! Featuring the Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains, and North Georgia.

Price $5.99

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Below are resources available in our web site network regarding motorcycling on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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Rap's Orchard Gap
Happy days are here again. Welcome to Rap's Orchard Gap,a 1950's-60's Renaissance Store, Deli and Entertainment Destination adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 193.5 near Fancy Gap, Virginia. We are your pit stop for all of your travel and vacation needs, including gas, snacks,drinks and travel accessories. We also offer an eclectic selection of gifts & souveniers and a great selection of beer and wine. A new addition to this Entertainent complex is Rap's Bar and Grill.
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Milepost 197 ~ 276-398-2204
1113 Dusty Ridge Road ~ Fancy Gap, VA

Rap's Orchard Gap

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Monday - Friday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Skyline Village Inn
PLAY HARD. RELAX HERE! 16 affordable rooms, continental breakfast included,great views, restaurant with full bar, Gem mining on site. Rock mineral & Jewelry shop on site. Wine & beer shop on site. Motorcycle friendly with covered parking. Pet friendly. Historic Inn located at MP 331 on Parkway. Built in 1940's with moonshine money it has an interesting history with character to match. Purchased by Mike & Lynn Thrift in 2004 it has undergone major renovations to make it a premiere Parkway venue.
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Milepost 331 ~ 828-765-9394
12255 NC 226A ~ Spruce Pine, NC

Skyline Village Inn
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Sunday - Thursday
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday - Saturday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Switzerland Inn &
Diamondback Motorcycle Lodge
Cruise in to the Switzerland Inn and Diamondback Motorcycle Lodge on the Parkway at MP 334. Our full-service Chalet Restaurant and two patio bars welcome you to your home-away-from-home with ice-cold beer, wine, mixed beverages and chef-inspired specialties. Relax in our mountaintop swimming pool or soak in our hot tubs before retiring to the wide front porch of the Diamondback Motorcycle Lodge, our multi-bedroom cottage with covered parking. 72 mountain view rooms, suites and pet-friendly cabins.
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Milepost 334 ~ 800-654-4026
86 High Ridge Road ~ Little Switzerland, NC

Switzerland Inn and Diamondback Motorcycle Lodge

April - November

Oak Park Inn
Step back in time, where old-fashioned and friendly service welcomes you. Located in beautiful downtown Waynesville, enjoy our convenient location to shops, restaurants, pubs, and churches, all within walking distance. Wireless internet access, rockers at every room, bike parking outside every door. All rooms are non-smoking.
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Milepost 443 ~ 828-456-5328
196 S. Main St. ~ Waynesville, NC

Oak Park Inn

Open Year Round
24 hours a day


GSMmotoRent provides dual sport motorcycle rentals to the adventure-seeking rider. Our fleet of bikes include Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, BMW and Triumph ranging in size from 200cc to 1200cc, providing something for everyone. Based in Townsend, TN just outside of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, this location offers easy access to several forest service and fire roads, while also being close to The Dragon , Cherohala Skyway and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Owners are both avid riders!

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Milepost 469 ~ 865-448-6090
Townsend, TN


Open Mid-March to Mid-November

Smoky Mountain Motorcycle Rentals & Tours
Smoky Mountain Motorcycle Rentals and Tours located on your way into Robbinsville NC;home to the Tail of the Dragon.Choose to explore the Moonshiner28,Cherohala Skyway,Great Smoky Mountains National Park,The Blue Ridge Parkway and the world renown Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap,US Highway 129.Choose to rent from a variety of well known brands and brand new bikes such as Ducati, BMW, Harley Davidson, Kawasaki, and Honda.We also offers guided Enduro or Dual Sport tours on-road and off-road trails
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Milepost 461.9 ~ 828-479-6600
157 Poplar Hill Road ~ Stecaoh, NC 28771

Smoky Mountain Motorcycle Rentals & Tours

cell: 239-229-3690

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