Twisty detour off I-40

Tennessee Highway 32 provides a twisty detour from I-40 north of Asheville, NC
Tennessee Highway 32 provides a twisty detour from I-40 north of Asheville, NC

Maybe you need a diversion from riding the I-40 super slab, or the crowds of Gatlinburg, TN?  Here's 8 twisty miles (above) in the center of this 22 mile detour right off I-40 NW of Asheville, NC, and 25 miles east of Gatlinburg on US 321.

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Gatlinburg is a great destination and puts you in the heart of great riding. Head south on US 441 to the Sugarlands Visitors Center, then west on Fighting Creek Gap Road to The Sinks and Meigs Falls. Click here for some nice photos.

 

"Meigs Falls is viewable from a pull off along Little River Rd between Sugarlands Visitor Center and the Townsend Wye. Nearby on the Little River is an area called The Sinks with a small but powerful cascade. You can also access the Meigs Creek Trail from The Sinks parking area which will take you on a moderate hike to the 18' high Upper Meigs Falls.

Directions: From the Sugarlands Visitor Center, drive west on Little River Rd for 11.8 miles and turn left into the parking area right before the bridge. This is also the parking area for the Meigs Creek Trail and is very busy during tourist season.

Meigs Falls photo by Martin Belan
Meigs Falls photo by Martin Belan

To see Meigs Falls, drive another 1.1 miles and look for a long pull off area with a retaining wall on the left. Meigs Falls is maybe 100 yards or more up Meigs Creek before it empties into the Little River. There is no trail to this waterfall. The parking and viewing area for the Sinks received a nice makeover a few years ago. You can view the cascade from the parking lot by getting out and looking over the wall, but you can also take a very short trail to another viewing area." http://www.ncwaterfalls.com/meigs1.htm 

 

Martin Belan posted this nice photo on his blog page in June of 2015.  http://blog.martinbelan.com/2015/06/meigs-falls-a-smoky-mountains-waterfall-right-along-the-road/

Meigs Falls is right off the road but easy to miss.  The GPS for Meigs Falls is 35.668972, -83.675110.
Meigs Falls is right off the road but easy to miss. The GPS for Meigs Falls is 35.668972, -83.675110.

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