Classic Roads: NC-209 The Rattler

Classic Roads: NC-209 The Rattler

This may not be the longest bucket road in America, but it is technically challenging and highly scenic, and who says you only have to ride The Rattler just once? The stretch is 36 miles long, and there are over 200 curves along the way. The road spans two mountain ridges and is quite a fun ride.

Zooming along this undulating ribbon of blacktop is a real hoot and it will become immediately obvious why it’s named after a serpent. Have fun, but don’t temp The Rattler to bite by dialing in too much speed! Before heading back, riders can take time out for a relaxing soak at the northern terminus in Hot Springs, NC.

This ride features virtually non-stop sweeping and hairpin curves with a good amount of elevation change. Sight lines are limited due to dense foliage. Traffic is usually light, but many motorcyclists come here on the weekends.

Points of Interest

Ferguson Supply General Store

Ferguson is located along The Rattler. Inside you can find snacks and drinks and a variety of Rattler merchandise.

Dave's 209

Most riders also love to eat, and Dave's is a great place to do just that. They serve burgers, fries, shakes, and more.

Hot Springs, NC

Known as an Appalachian paradise, Hot Springs makes a fantastic place to stop while riding in North Carolina. Our Hot Springs Shamrock Tour will dive into more details of this area.

Facts & Information

Distance: 36 miles

The newly remodeled Creek Water Inn was the perfect place to call home. It offers reserved parking just outside the rooms, cozy beds, mini refrigerators, a courtyard patio with a fire pit, and a charcoal grill. The sound of Spring Creek ensured a good night’s sleep amidst Western-like charm. There’s no front desk, each room has it’s own lockbox, and you are able to arrive on your own time.

Best Time to Travel

Summer is peak season. September and October are great for leaf peeping. Any time of year, this will be a great ride, although chilly in the winter.