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190 steep, climbing curves in just 12 miles, amazing scenery and cool mountain breezes make the Diamondback, NC 226A, one of WNC's last great mountain roadways.

The Diamondback, NC's 226A is loaded with switchbacks looping almost 360-degrees. Runs of S-curves climb and twist sharply as they snake through lush green forest in route to the Blue Ridge Parkway just above Spruce Pine, North Carolina.

This heavily wooded trek, from Marion in McDowell County to Switzerland Inn, on the edge of Mitchell County, NC is an exciting and challenging drive. Two-lanes of smooth, well-marked pavement are flanked by rocky outcroppings, shear drop-offs and quick, tight hairpin curves.

Distance to The Diamondback

Miles (approx) City
113 Charlottle, NC
155 Greensboro, NC
57 Asheville, NC
89 Spartanburg, SC
138 Knoxville, TN
188 Blacksburg, VA
441 Washington, DC

I looking for some folks to ride with. Anybody is welcome to come. If the weather holds out it could be a nice partly sunny day w/temps in the 90's. I'll be leaving from the Charlotte, NC area around 9am. Let me know if you wanna come come so we can meet up. This could be an all day trip.

Anybody interested?
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