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Come to Butler snuggled between the Iron and Sink Valley mountains of Northeastern Tennessee between Boone, NC and Bristol, TN/VA.

"The Snake . . . "

    33 miles
    489 curves
    3 mountains
    1 valley

. . . from Mountain City, TN to Bristol, TN or from Bristol to Mountain City.  Sports car or motorcycle - both love the challenge of "The Snake".



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Access Routes to
Hwy 421 "The Snake"

GPS Coordinates

Mtn City: 214 W. Main St.
Bristol, TN: 2412 W. State St

I-81 - Take Exit 69 (Tennessee) onto Hwy 394 south.
    Lat: 36.33441909
    Long: -82.335534

toward Bristol, TN - 10.8 miles. Turn right onto Hwy 421.

I-26 - Take Exit 24 east onto Hwy 67.
    Lat: 36.3084163
    Long: -82.338452

Continue on Hwy 67 to Mountain City - 39 miles, Turn left onto Shady Ave/Hwy 421.

From Boone, NC - take Hwy 421 to Mountain City and continue on Hwy 421.


Day Trips

We have created several tours that will take you through the Tennessee, Virgina, and North Carolina mountains. The scenic rides will take you on roads not traveled. Day Trip #1 is a loop with The Snake, over to Roan Mountain, to Banner Elk, Boone. Follow the tours. Or just go on the tour and follow the directions. Other Day Trips have side trips to interesting locations off the main road. We have created these Day Trips to give you rides of scenic mountain roads, "snaky" roads, and photo opportunities.

A side trip on Hwy 133 takes you to Backbone Rock – the world’s shortest railroad tunnel over Beaverdam Creek a great fly fishing stream. Often people rock climb on the tunnel and there are good walking trails and picnic areas along the creek.

Or,  go the opposite direction on route 91 to the Appalachian Trail and then down to Elizabethton and Worley’s Cave for spelunking.

Before or after tackling "The Snake", plan to stay in one of the mountain cabins, condos, or a house on Watauga Lake. Lodging choices are perfect for friends, couples, or families traveling to the mountains on vacation or weekend getaways. Spend a few days exploring the many other bike tours we have mapped out for you.


3 bedroom 2.5 bath, 6 person hot tub under the stars, secluded, private log cabin, fully furnished, partially paved flat driveway.
(423) 768-2446
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The Watauga Lake House 3 bedroom 3 bath executive home right on the  Watauga Lake. Fish from the dock.  Grill your catch. Secure parking on pavement .  
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4 bedroom 4.5 bath log home. Great views! 140 acres, Whirlpool tubs, steam showers, balconies, stocked frig, great relaxing after a day of riding.        
(423) 768-2446            Brochure
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A Lake Cabin For You
Luxury lake homes, mid-sized cabins, and cottages to fit any budget. Properties are a 5 minute walk / drive from each other. Can accommodate 2 or up to 85+ guests or anything in between. Amenties: hot tubs, fire places, game/pool table, great views, canoe & dock with lake access, fishing, marinas, skiing, Bristol Motor Speedway, Abingdon, Boone... and Motorcycle friendly.  (803)415-4714
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Hillside Haven Motorcycle Friendly Villa overlooking Watauga Lake. Stay with us and tame the Snake.  (803)524-5185  
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Lean back with a cold one
and let someone else cook breakfast and dinner?  "Pampering Perfected" service atop the mountain. Log home - perfect for singles or group of friends.

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Come, share the magic of the mountains
where every season has a reason to visit