RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: NC Hwy 209, “The Rattler”

Aug 09, 2013 View Comments by

RoadRUNNER's Bucket List Roads: NC Hwy 209, "The Rattler"Traveling through the Pisgah National Forest and over the Great Smoky Mountains, NC Highway 209 twists and turns like an enraged rattlesnake! It’s one of western North Carolina’s most demanding rides.

Scenery: Sweeping mountain scenery, but don’t let your eyes stray from the road for too long.

Curves: I didn’t personally count them, but it’s said there are over 230 curves along the route.

Traffic: Usually very light

Distance: 36 miles

Time Required: One hour

Technical Difficulty: A very demanding technical road with substantial elevation changes combined with limited sight distances through most curves.















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