Johnson City Roundtrip The Southern Dozen Ride 01 The Snake Ride
Watauga Lake
The Southern Dozen are twelve rides based in Johnson City Virginia that travel all around the region.
Each one is an adventure in itself that will take you through winding curves, breath taking natural scenery, historic landmarks, local points of interest, and fun attractions.

Whether you feel like exploring caves, seeing wolves, touring historic sites, leaning into heart-pounding curves or just taking in the views, you’ll find a ride that’s exactly what you’re looking for.

This route is Part 1 of the Southern Dozen and is a 112 mile ride that starts in Johnson City Virginia.
It is a mix of beautiful winding roads through the mountains and the rolling Virginia landscape.
Along the way you pass several villages where you can schedule a break.

Ride the Snake through the Tennessee mountains, through Stoney Creek and across into the pastoral Shady Valley (RP11) where you can have a quick lunch and do some souvenir shopping at the Country Store. The Snake is said to have "489 curves, 3 mountains, 1 valley packed into 33 miles!"
From there, it’s on up to the extraordinary Backbone Rock, with outcroppings, hiking trails, and beautiful photo opportunities. One of them is the Backbone Rock Waterfall (RP13), there is a small parking area on the right side of the road.

Continue into Damascus (RP14) home of the Virginia Creeper Trail, and return through peaceful Mountain City (RP18) and continue along the beautiful Watauga Lake (RP20).
At RP21 you can visit the Carter Mansion, which is the oldest standing frame house in Tennessee, dating back to the mid to late 1770s.
At RP22 you can visit the Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area, which protects the land that was the location of several important historic events that occurred in the late 18th century.

I rate this route with 5 stars, because of the beautiful scenery and twisty roads through the mountains.
TN-133 Shady Valley
TN34 The Snake
Useful links:
Promotional video of The Snake Ride
RP21 Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area
Source of The Snake Ride

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Tennessee ( (listen), locally ; Cherokee: ᏔᎾᏏ, romanized: Tanasi) is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States. Tennessee is the 36th largest and the 16th most populous of the 50 United States. Tennessee is bordered by eight states, with Kentucky to the north, Virginia to the northeast, North Carolina to the east, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi to the south, Arkansas to the west, and Missouri to the northwest. The Appalachian Mountains dominate the eastern part of the state, and the Mississippi River forms the state's western border. Nashville is the state's capital and largest city, with a 2017 population of 667,560 and a 2017 metro population of 1,903,045. Tennessee's second largest city is Memphis, which had a population of 652,236 in 2017.The state of Tennessee is rooted in the Watauga Association, a 1772 frontier pact generally regarded as the first constitutional government west of the Appalachians. What is now Tennessee was initially part of North Carolina, and later part of the Southwest Territory. Tennessee was admitted to the Union as the 16th state on June 1, 1796. Tennessee was the last state to leave the Union and join the Confederacy at the outbreak of the American Civil War in 1861. Occupied by Union forces from 1862, it was the first state to be readmitted to the Union at the end of the war.Tennessee furnished more soldiers for the Confederate Army than any other state besides Virginia, and more soldiers for the Union Army than the rest of the Confederacy combined. Beginning during Reconstruction, it had competitive party politics, but a Democratic takeover in the late 1880s resulted in passage of disenfranchisement laws that excluded most blacks and many poor whites from voting. This sharply reduced competition in politics in the state until after passage of civil rights legislation in the mid-20th century. In the 20th century, Tennessee transitioned from an agrarian economy to a more diversified economy, aided by massive federal investment in the Tennessee Valley Authority and, in the early 1940s, the city of Oak Ridge. This city was established to house the Manhattan Project's uranium enrichment facilities, helping to build the world's first atomic bombs, two of which were dropped on Imperial Japan near the end of World War II. After the war, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory became a key center for nuclear research. In 2016, the element tennessine was named for the state.Tennessee's major industries include agriculture, manufacturing, and tourism. Poultry, soybeans, and cattle are the state's primary agricultural products, and major manufacturing exports include chemicals, transportation equipment, and electrical equipment. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the nation's most visited national park, is headquartered in the eastern part of the state, and a section of the Appalachian Trail roughly follows the Tennessee-North Carolina border. Other major tourist attractions include the Tennessee Aquarium and Chattanooga Choo-Choo Hotel in Chattanooga; Dollywood in Pigeon Forge; Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies and Ober Gatlinburg in Gatlinburg; the Parthenon, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and Ryman Auditorium in Nashville; the Jack Daniel's Distillery in Lynchburg; Elvis Presley's Graceland residence and tomb, the Memphis Zoo, the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis; and Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol.
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View route collection The Original Southern Dozen Motorcycle Rides in Tennessee Virginia and North Carolina
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The Southern Dozen; hit the throttle and hold on tight!

There’s no better place to leave the daily grind in the dust than roaring around the curves of the Southern Dozen! Surrounded by some of the most breathtaking natural beauty in the country, you’ll find the freedom of exhilaration as you wind through the foothills and mountains of Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, and Western North Carolina.

Whether you’re looking for heart-pumping curves, breathtaking scenery, historic landmarks, local gems, or nearby attractions, the Southern Dozen has rides worthy of even the most seasoned road warrior. Explore the Original Southern Dozen and see all that Johnson City and the surrounding region have to offer.

Johnson City is a regional gem where big-city amenities meet small-town Southern charm. Here you’ll have access to everything you could want or need and more! Perfect for the casual rider and those who “live to ride,” Johnson City hosts numerous bike rallies each year. So plan your trip and book one of the many biker-friendly accommodations.