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Motorcycle Touring

One of the destinations of any Motorcycle Tour should be the Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley, North Carolina. 

It is here that you will find a facinating collection of over 250 antiques American Motorcycles and Automobiles.  Equally astounding is the fact that this museum is the "mueseum that runs". 

Dale Walksler, museum owner, has a private shop where he hand crafts and restores the motorcycles he has in the museum.  He will crank one of them up for you if you want, just ask.

Wheels Through Time is also proud to showcase the World of Women on Motorcycles.  These women were the queens of the slipstream and they lived out their dreams of adventure, independence and freedom on the open road.  Back then, women riders represented just a tiny slice of the motorcycle market, perhaps one or two percent, compared to 10-12 percent today.  But these gutsy, independent women trail blazed the way for women today.

The following tours are provided by Wheels Through Time. 



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Blue Ridge Parkway Motorcycle Tour

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Robbie Hunt on the Blueridge Parkway
Turn out of the driveway left onto Highway 209.  Go 5.2 miles to Ferguson’s Store and make a left turn and continue on Highway 209 approximately 12 miles, merge right onto Highway 19/23/74 West.  Continue to the Blue Ridge Parkway and head towards Asheville. 4.5 miles after entering the Pkwy take a short detour to the left to the Waterrock Knob parking area, where you will see a 360-degree panoramic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. There is a ½-mile gravel-hiking trail with some beautiful views, that is if you’d like a little exercise (rated moderate). Continue on to the Pisgah Inn, where you can eat a delightful lunch while looking down at mountaintops. Keep riding past Asheville to the Folk Art Center to experience mountain arts and crafts at their best. Continue on the Pkwy to Linville Falls and Linville Caverns (milepost 316.4). There are lots of scenic overlooks and hiking trails all along the way. To return, backtrack on the Parkway to milepost 382.6 then take Hwy 70. Right 5 miles to Oteen then on to Asheville. Left 9 miles to Black Mountain. Get onto 1-40 West and stay on until the Hot Springs Exit, #24.  Exit right onto Highway 209 North, continue on for 8 miles, make a right at Ferguson’s Store, 5.2 miles to return to Bear Creek Cabins. 

 
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Cataloochee Valley Tour

Turn out of the driveway left onto Highway 209.  Go 5.2 miles to Ferguson’s Store and make a left turn and continue on Highway 209 approximately 8 miles, merge right onto I-40 West, continue 4 miles to Maggie Valley Exit 20, 276 South.  Continue on 276 South for approximately .03 miles to Cove Creek Road on your right.  Turn on Cove Creek Road and keep riding until you come to the entrance of Cataloochee Valley. The first 1.5 miles of Cove Creek Road are paved; the next 6 miles are hard packed dirt. (Not recommended for motorcycles after heavy rains). After this drive, you will see a wide, paved road, dead-ending to the right, but offering access to the left. Take the left turn for a beautiful scenic drive displaying unimproved homesteads, a school, church, and barn, and where you can view the elk, deer and an occasional bear.  There is lots of hiking trails and waterfalls (must hike to see them). Take a picnic and relax. To come back, simply reverse your route to Bear Creek Cabins.

 
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                                        Harley Davidson Dealerships

Ghost Town Harley
Ghost Town Harley
Ghost Town Harley Davidson is located off of Highway 19/23/74, Exit 100, Waynesville, (828) 454-0066.

Gene Lummus Swannanoa Harley Davidson is located off of Interstate 40 East, Exit 59, Asheville, (828) 298-1683.

Waynesville Cycle Center is located off of Highway 19/23/74, Mile Marker 96, Waynesville, (828) 452-5831.

 

 
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Hot Springs Tour

Turn right out of the driveway onto Highway 209 North one of North Carolina’s scenic by-ways.  Continue along this beautiful scenic and curvy mountain road to Hot Springs, home of Western North Carolina’s only natural hot water springs/baths. Be sure to enjoy the roaring creeks and waterfalls and mountain views at elevations above 4,000 feet as you travel along the highway.  You will find Hot Springs to be an outdoor enthusiast’s playground with white water rafting on the French Broad River and hiking on the Appalachian Trail.  Be sure to sample some of the local food at the Bridge Street Café, Paddler’s Pub or Sweet Imaginations Ice Cream Café.  When you are finished, take Hwy 25/70 to Asheville, our only “BIG” city.  The world-renowned Biltmore Estate offers tours of the house and the gardens with wine-tasting provided at the winery for an afternoon you will not soon forget.  After enjoying a taste of Asheville’s city life, simply reverse your directions to return to Bear Creek Cabins.

 
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Nantahala Gorge/Deals Gap

Turn out of the driveway left onto Highway 209.  Go 5.2 miles to Ferguson’s Store and make a left turn and continue on Highway 209 approximately miles, merge right onto Highway 19/23/74 West. Stay to the right and exit into Maggie Valley on Highway I9 south.  Continue on Highway 19 south, past the Wheels of Time Museum, and continue through the Cherokee Indian Reservation (did you know they now have a casino?) and Bryson City. While in Bryson City, check out the “road to nowhere”, a curvy, scenic road started by the Government, then abandoned at the top of the mountain. Walk through the tunnel that ends at a hiking trail on a beautiful little plateau, and enjoy the peaceful beauty of the area.Once you’re back on Hwy 195, you will join up with 23S/74W. When the road begins to narrow and the right lane must turn right, turn right onto Hwy 28. (For Nantahala Gorge don’t turn on Hwy 28, go straight. Turn around to return to Hwy 28 and Deals Gap.) Wind past Fontana Dam and turn right onto Hwy 129 and enter Deal’s Gap, a favorite of most bikers for its 318 curves along its 11 mile length, and ride to Hwy 411. Head toward Maryville, TN, on Hwy 411, keep going through Gatlinburg, and turn onto Hwy 441 which will take you through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park where you will reach elevations in excess of 6000’. When you exit the Park, turn left onto the Blue Ridge Parkway and follow it to Maggie Valley (milepost 455.7).  Continue on Highway 19 North through Maggie Valley, take Exit 104 off of Highway 19/23 to 209 North.  Follow 209 North approximately 12 miles to Ferguson’s Store, make a right, continue 5.2 miles to Bear Creek Cabins.

 

 

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