Cruising Alabama’s roads is a great way to experience this state’s well-known Southern Charm. Riders will find that the many routes that crisscross this beautiful state are dotted with small quaint towns and lots of historic sites. There are also some really fun rides, as well, especially in the mountains and canyons of this state’s northeastern section.
Motorcyclists looking for a ride that offers snaking turns and sweepers will find what they are looking for in the Lookout Mountain Parkway, also known as Alabama State Route 89. This route, which is located in northeastern Alabama, is not only a fun ride, but a beautiful one, as well. In fact, Lookout Mountain Parkway was chosen as one of the most scenic drives in America by Readers Digest.
The starting point of this route begins in Gadsden. Motorcyclists who happen to be in this area in August will encounter one of America’s more unusual events, as this town serves as the beginning of The World’s Longest Yard Sale, which runs from Gadsden to Hudson, Michigan. Alabama’s portion of the sale alone typically boasts more than 1,000 vendors.
After leaving Gadsden, motorcyclists will encounter some really nice sweepers and rolling roads during the beginning portion of this route. To add some nice twisties to this route, bikers can take a side journey onto Route 176, just north of Dog Town. Route 176, which is also known as the Little River Canyon Parkway, is a 12-mile twisting piece of asphalt that runs along the rim of scenic Little River Canyon. After this little diversion, riders can then rejoin the parkway via Alabama Route 35 North. From here, the parkway continues on with more twists and turns all the way into Georgia.
Highway 25 in the central Alabama region is a fun 18-mile ride that includes a large number of horseshoe curves, inclines, declines and switchbacks, as well as some straightaways. It is also not far from the Barber Vintage Motorsport Museum, which houses over 1,200 vintage motorcycles and racecars. Visitors to this museum will find motorcycles on display that range in age from 1902 to current-year makes. This museum is located in the Barber Motorsports Park, off of I-20, east of downtown Birmingham. To get to Highway 25 from the museum, go through Leeds for about three miles until you see the sign marking the beginning of this rural route.
Cheaha Mountain Skyway, also known as Route 281, is a nice scenic route in Eastern Alabama that also offers some sweepers. It can be picked up off of Interstate 20 via US Hwy 431. While in this area, look for CottaQuilla Road, a piece of asphalt known for its twisties. CottaQuilla Road is a challenging seven-mile twisted piece of asphalt that runs between Highway 21 in Jacksonville to Highway 9. Riders will encounter lots of tight switchbacks and S-turns on this road, which is also known as Country Road 57.
In addition to its many nice motorcycle roads, Alabama is also the site of numerous rallies and shows. The Faunsdale Bike Rally is held in the spring and the fall. All participants must be 18 or older. This is possibly due to the fact that one of this rally’s events is a midnight ‘Breezy Ride,” which is –ahem – clothing optional. Harley owners can look forward to Alabama’s State HOG Rally, which is held in the spring in Pelham.
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