North Carolina 209 - the Rattler

Fifteen miles from Maggie Valley and Asheville, our route begins in Canton, NC and includes Crabtree Mountain Road CR 1509, NC 63, and others. Click the Google map to enlarge it.
Fifteen miles from Maggie Valley and Asheville, our route begins in Canton, NC and includes Crabtree Mountain Road CR 1509, NC 63, and others. Click the Google map to enlarge it.

NC 209 aka the Rattler has the twisties.
NC 209 aka the Rattler has the twisties.

"For many motorcycle enthusiasts, North Carolina Highway 209 is as good, if not better, than either the “Dragon” or the “Snake.”  There is almost zero traffic, great scenery, and a little bit of everything: high-speed sweepers, twisties, elevation changes, and a couple of scenic valley straightaways."

 

"Best of all, you have all of the amenities of Hot Springs at the finish line — places like Iron Horse Station — and Trust General Store & Cafe to break up your run.

Trust General Store & Cafe is the perfect pit stop, sitting almost smack dab in the middle of I-40 and Hot Springs.  We have plenty of parking, fuel, food and refreshments, T-shirts, hats, and more.  If you’re planning a motorcycle run on NC-209 with a large group, give us a call in advance and we’ll make sure we’re prepared for your arrival.  Just call (828) 622-7455 and let us know you’re on your way!"

http://www.trustgeneralstore.com/motorcycle-touring/

Trust General Store and Cafe, at the intersection of NC 209 and NC 63, is a popular motorcycle stop.
Trust General Store and Cafe, at the intersection of NC 209 and NC 63, is a popular motorcycle stop.

Hot Springs, NC at the northern end of Hwy 209 has the only hot mineral spring in the state of NC. Rent a hot tub for an hour, or book a cabin or campsite at the Hot Springs Resort and Spa. (Read the description and click the link below.)

 

Hungry? The Smoky Mountain Diner received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.  "We had a huge breakfast here our last morning in town. Coffee was good, food was good and a lot of it. The pancakes were just like grandma's! We got a sandwich to go for the trail and they were huge. Perfect Diner!"

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g49229-d838323-Reviews-Smoky_Mountain_Diner-Hot_Springs_North_Carolina.html

 

Hot Springs Resort & Spa

"Come to where Mother Nature waved her magical wand and created one of the most natural of all wonders, Natural Hot Mineral Waters. Heated deep within the earth, these crystal clear carbonated waters are world famous for their mineral content and legendary healing powers. ...

Hot Springs, located in the mountains of Western North Carolina, and cuddled along the banks of Spring Creek and the French Broad River, is a town rich in history and beaming with natural charm, this town serves as an intersection along the historic Appalachian Trail and is part of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. ...

Located across the road from the Mineral Baths is the Hot Springs Campground. Here you can find peace of mind with ease and comfort. We feature eight primitive camping cabins, over a hundred tent sites (primitive, group & sites with partial hook up) & Full RV Hookups. ... 

Hot Springs Resort & Spa also offers other lodging options for those looking for a relaxing getaway."  https://www.nchotsprings.com/