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Old Tue, Nov-21-2017, 05:09:28 PM   #1
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Question Good Driving Roads Around Asheville NC

I know this probably isn't the proper place on the forum for this discussion but it gets the most views. Looking to do some mountain road driving this weekend in the area and just wondering if anyone has some good suggestions. I know tail of the dragon is popular for motorcycles and miatas but probably not the best fit for our cars. Thoughts?
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I know tail of the dragon is popular for motorcycles and miatas but probably not the best fit for our cars. Thoughts?
I think that's not correct
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I know this probably isn't the proper place on the forum for this discussion but it gets the most views. Looking to do some mountain road driving this weekend in the area and just wondering if anyone has some good suggestions. I know tail of the dragon is popular for motorcycles and miatas but probably not the best fit for our cars. Thoughts?
Ha, I'm headed to Asheville with my M3 tomorrow!. The BlueRidge Parkway is a nice scenic curvy road boat the speed limit is really low and it's monitored well. If you're looking for some roads to carve, I don't know many but 74 between Fletcher and Bat Cave (yes that's really a place) is a fun windy road.
If you head east a bit down 40 the road up to the top of Mt Mitchell is nice, and then you can say you went to the highest peak east of the Mississippi River.

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Also, noticed you're in Greenville as am I. What part of town do you live?

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All around Asheville is fantastic mountain driving roads. Also, OP the Tail of The Dragon and surrounding roads are some of the VERY BEST driving roads for the e46 M3 on the east coast. I go twice a year. It’s fantastic and so is the entire drive up to it. Even the Skyway is a BLAST!! Now is the time to go!! Just before it gets to freezing temps and also in spring, just before the weather warms up. If it’s warm out, expect the place to be a parking lot of slow movspots by cruiser bikes. With the weather like it is now, you can have the entire stretch all to yourself or close to it. I love this time of year. It’s your personal ‘Nurburgring’. Last spring when I went it was in the mid 40s. Myself, a friend that drove up with me, and a ‘Killboy’ employee that works the Tail with his e36 M3 were the only 3 cars there the entire day. It doesn’t get better than that.
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I did Tail of the Dragon back in 2014 in my M3. Still a fun drive in a car. Just be safe and don't over push the car if you decide to do it. Lots of bikes and motorists use the road.

The Blue Ridge Parkway is a nice scenic drive as well. Don't think about speeding on the Parkway though as it's federal property and park rangers can issue tickets.
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Just realized you guys are fairly close to me. I'm in Charlotte, NC. We should meet up one time when the weather gets nice again. I'm planning on hitting Road Atlanta next year - hopefully.
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The road to Cashiers/Highlands.

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Just realized you guys are fairly close to me. I'm in Charlotte, NC. We should meet up one time when the weather gets nice again. I'm planning on hitting Road Atlanta next year - hopefully.
We absolutely should have a meet/greet/day drive sometime. I would be down, when my schedule permits!

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The road to Cashiers/Highlands.

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You know what SUCKS...I am going to Cashiers tomorrow for Thanksgiving. EXCELLENT driving. What sucks is, my car is in the shop getting headers finished up. I was debating taking my car up (duh) since the driving is so great up there...but my car has been off the road for 3+ months and just got it's VANOS sorted and perfect again...Given that it has been sitting for so long, I just don't think it would be wise for me to chance it by bringing my car up there on it's first day back in my hands. It's had a lot of work done to it recently and a lot of variables changed. It just kills me to have to rent a boring econobox for this drive when I have a spectacular M3 with fresh Stepped V1s ready to roar. Ughhhhh....but I would hate to be stranded up there in the event that little things still need to be worked out.
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You know what SUCKS...I am going to Cashiers tomorrow for Thanksgiving. EXCELLENT driving. What sucks is, my car is in the shop getting headers finished up. I was debating taking my car up (duh) since the driving is so great up there...but my car has been off the road for 3+ months and just got it's VANOS sorted and perfect again...Given that it has been sitting for so long, I just don't think it would be wise for me to chance it by bringing my car up there on it's first day back in my hands. It's had a lot of work done to it recently and a lot of variables changed. It just kills me to have to rent a boring econobox for this drive when I have a spectacular M3 with fresh Stepped V1s ready to roar. Ughhhhh....but I would hate to be stranded up there in the event that little things still need to be worked out.
Best I can tell - there are no car shops at all in Cashiers or Highlands... so any problem means "on the back of a flatbed" all the way down the mountain. Its a great road - but probably best exercised in somewhat warmer temps. Its definitely a 'suspension' and balance road.

There is a memorial (probably one of many) to a motorcyclist on the left side going up to Lake Toxaway... a small white cross. He crossed the center line in a blind turn. I spoke to a buddy of his at a restaurant.
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