Posted on October 14, 2014
Experience the Change of Seasons With "The Rattler"
The leaves are starting to change up in the mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee; it's time to get going on a ride you'll want to take over and over.
Of course, we are talking about "The Rattler." For years, this ride was just known as the "209" or the "Hot Springs" but somewhere along the way it became known as "The Rattler". We can only guess this is due to the over 234 twist, turns and curves along the route. This ride will test your riding skills and with all the amenities along the route, you won't be left stranded. Stop by The Trust General Store and Cafe, and pick up yourself a "Rattler" t-shirt and learn more about the mountains and what there is to do in the area. You might even stay a day or two. You won't be disappointed! http://trustgeneralstore.com/
This ride takes you on a 30+ mile jaunt through the mountains and valleys just north of Maggie Valley and Waynesville up to the tiny town of Hot Springs, nestled near the Tennessee border.
Here's the route:
Start: Exit 104 on Highway US 74. Lowes store at this exit. Pass under US 74.Follow NC 209 north.
3.7 mi Cross I-40 at Exit 24. It’s an easy ride through the valleys for a few miles.
11.9 mi Turn Right onto Betsy’s Creek Road to continue on NC 209. Ferguson’s store / gas marks this corner. Lots of signs.
22 mi Junction NC 63. Note and pass through. – Store and gas at this junction. Popular spot for a break, loop returns here.
36.6 mi NC 209 ends at Hot Springs. Return as you came or continue on loop ride.
To continue on loop ride -
Pass through Hot Springs. Cross the French Broad River and follow US 25 for 5 miles. US 25 will reach a stop sign.
41.7 mi Turn right @ stop sign to continue on US 25 / 70 towards Asheville.
50.9 mi Veer right into Marshall on Main Street. Follow into town.
61.6 mi Turn right at the traffic light in the center of Marshall and cross the bridge over the French Broad River.
You are now on Bailey Branch Rd. It will become Meadows Town Road.Meadows Town Road ends in 10 miles at NC 63.
71.5 mi Turn Right @ stop sign and follow NC 63 to return to the mid point of NC 209.
85.5 mi Turn left @ stop sign onto NC 209 and follow back to Junaluska to finish the ride.
98.4 mi End of ride
Here's the map:
We hope you enjoy the ride!
All prices are in USD.