North Carolina's Route 80 (AKA Devil's Whip)

Average Rating - This road has been rated by 21 visitors


State: North Carolina
Date Submitted: March 1, 2009
Submitted by: Scott
Motorcycle Road Length: 26 Miles

Written Directions

Start this motorcycle ride in a town called Pleasant Gardens, NC which is about 30 mi east of Asheville off US Highway 70. Head north out of Pleasant Gardens on NC 80 and just stay on NC 80 as it crosses the Blue Ridge Parkway and continue north all the way up to US Highway 19 in the town of Micaville, NC.

Scenery  

Climbs 2500' in elevation. Crosses Blue Ridge Parkway east of Mt Mitchell. Beautiful lake on south end and great views of Mt Mitchell at Mt Mitchell golf course.



Photo contributed by visitor in Jun 09: "A switchback just before the Blue Ridge Parkway."

Update provided by CptUSA on 6/25/12: The scenery is beautiful and unimpeded by commercialism. Once past the final residences there is nothing but road road and road.

Road Quality  

Good road condition. More curves and elevation changes than the Dragon's tail with a lot less traffic also. Several switchbacks. Not for the novice rider.

Update provided by CptUSA on 6/25/12: The road is on a steep incline providing a whole new set of challenges. Asphalt is is good condition with only normal brush and gravel from time to time. Light traffic, nasty switchbacks, and towards the top there is a virtual slalom of quick tight turns.

Roadside Amenities  

Not much here but a great ride. Get on Blue Ridge up to Mt Mitchell. Stop at golf course for something to drink. Fill up before you go.

Update provided by CptUSA on 6/25/12: There is nothing on this road but road. Amenities are in Marion at the entrance or in Burnsville many miles beyond the BRP.

Additional Info

Update provided by CptUSA on 6/25/12: http://www.thedevilnc80.com/ This gives pictures and descriptions as well. I am not affiliated with the site but having ridden the road dozens of times, I felt it needed its own listing here.

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Ratings/Reviews

 

Reviewed by Guest on May 29, 2014
(2 out of 2 members found this review useful.)
Creator: CAUTIONARY INFO
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: RIDERS BEWARE: just north of the Mt Mitchell Golf Course on Hwy 80 is a curve that turns very sharply at the end. Unexpected. I live across the river from this curve and there are many fatal accidents at this spot on the highway every year. Lucky me I get to hear them happen. Be Careful of this Turn. Just after the golf course if you are riding north from Marion or the Parkway. And enjoy your ride.
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Reviewed by Guest on July 21, 2009
(2 out of 2 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Joe Butch White
motorcycle_year: 2006
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: Found this one by accident when Blueridge was closed at Mt. Mitchell. Took the rider backrest off on the second run to get down lower on the bike, drug the boards a couple times. I like it much better that the dragon. Old guys like me don't care for head-ons from 70 mph from other bikes.
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Reviewed by Guest on June 2, 2014
(1 out of 1 members found this review useful.)
Creator: MarvMan
motorcycle_year: 2014
motorcycle_make: Yamaha Bolt
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: Upon riding the civilized scenic Blue Ridge, i took a detour onto the aggressive route 80 (South -- Down Hill). Although I only road 10-13 miles of it, this road really put my motorcycle levels to the absolute max. Fantastic steep curves with dips in them, steep "U" corners, blind corners, and fantastic S's.

I encountered no traffic on a Saturday afternoon and road conditions are fairly good.

This road is not at all for beginners. It had me scraping pegs on some corners going the Speed Limit.

(Will put video link soon)
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Reviewed by Guest on May 27, 2014
(1 out of 1 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Chrissy Mooney
motorcycle_year: 2005
motorcycle_make: Custom
motorcycle_type: Sport
Comment: We road the whip Sunday, not realizing what it was, as we headed up to Mt.Mitchell. Loved the road, the curves, the scenery. Must try. Amazing ride
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Reviewed by Guest on January 5, 2014
(1 out of 1 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Vintage Chief
motorcycle_year: 2010
motorcycle_make: Indian Chief Vintage
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: Far more arduous than the Dragon, steep ascending right-hand turns, beautiful scenery, nearly no traffic. Best kept secret.
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Reviewed by Guest on June 3, 2013
(1 out of 2 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Guest
motorcycle_year: 2005
motorcycle_make: Roadstar 1700
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: Don't blame the road for a riders lack of skill. The road did not kill him. His mistake did.
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Reviewed by Guest on May 2, 2013
(1 out of 6 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Donna Clouse
motorcycle_year: 2009
motorcycle_make: kawa
motorcycle_type: Sport-Touring
Comment: my son read this reviews on what a great fun road this is. He is now in a box on my shelf. He died on this fun road. He was an experienced rider. He hit a guardrail for some reason. There have been 6 fatalities in 20 days on this lovely motorcycle road. thankyou for advertising it as a great road.
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Reviewed by Guest on December 2, 2010
(1 out of 1 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Matt
motorcycle_year: 2006
motorcycle_make: Honda
motorcycle_type: Sport
Comment: Being from the micaville area I've ridden almost every inch of route 80. This is definitely a must ride if you love tight twistys with little to no police activity. It gets a little tight for high speed once you hit Buck Creek, but still a lot of fun. Not the best road for novice riders, especially going down.
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Reviewed by Pouge on July 11, 2014
(0 out of 0 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Pouge
motorcycle_year: 2008
motorcycle_make: Yamaha Roadstar
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: With respect to the lady who lost a son on this road, there are roads you love to ride with mothers who feel the same about that road. My condolences.
I really had a blast on this road. Little traffic and if you wish to look around, you'd best ride ssslllooowww. I didn't find it as intense as I was expecting, still you should be experienced before you try and ride aggressively. Stayed at Buck Creek campground and found the owner to be a fellow rider and more than knowledgeable of the area roads and an all around good guy. Plenty of photo ops available on this and surrounding area. Had a great time and a great ride. I recommend this ride to those looking for the road less traveled. Only a plus that you end up on the Blueridge Parkway.
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Reviewed by Guest on October 29, 2012
(0 out of 0 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Jim Fowler
motorcycle_year: 1982 GS850G Suzuki
motorcycle_make: Suzuki
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: As good as the Dragon.Going back on a 1993 GSX 1100.
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Reviewed by Guest on September 26, 2012
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Creator: Tom Manell
motorcycle_year: 1997
motorcycle_make: Honda Valkyrie
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: Rode it Eastbound from the BRP makes the tail of the dragon look like childsplay.
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Reviewed by Guest on October 20, 2010
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Creator: Nabubba
motorcycle_year: 1988
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: This is a fantastic ride. Much better then the Tail of the Dragon in my book and more challenging. Just when you get to open the bike up a bit you have to brake and set up for another tight twisty. Hwy 80 is also near some other great roads in the area. Take a trip there you will not be disappointed.
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Reviewed by Guest on September 13, 2010
(0 out of 0 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Jimmy
motorcycle_year: 2009
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: Super fun road, better than the dragon when you consider cops to curves ratio. A must do, if you miss this one you have missed one of the best. Down is best, don't have to catch so many gears!
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Reviewed by Guest on August 14, 2010
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Creator: J. Whiteside
motorcycle_year: 2005
motorcycle_make: Suzuki
motorcycle_type: Sport
Comment: This is by far one of the best twisty roads I have ridin on. NC 80, Buck Creek or what ever you want to call it is a great ride with very little traffic and coppers :D. From highway 70 up to the Blueridge Parkway, its about 16 miles of fun! Oh, and did I say dangerous! I ride the road regularly. about 4 years ago I ran of the road and down the mountain side 150 feet. Lucky to still be alive! I was just on NC80 last week. I was leading the pack with some other riders and maybe I was pushing it too hard..... but one of the riders had an accident. It was his 1st time on the road. Had I known, I would have set a slower pace. He was alright though. It did bring back memories of my accident because we had to turn around and go back n find him. If I hadnt been riding with a friend..... My body may still be on the mountain side.
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Reviewed by Guest on August 1, 2010
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Creator: Susie
motorcycle_year: 2009
motorcycle_make: BMW
Comment: Unbelievable road,Rt. 80 on the west side of Blue Ridge needs to be done up and down, I like to call it “The Devil’s Staircase” We met the man that plotted the route and he ask us if it is better than “The Dragon” YES it is. BTW great town and gas on the other side.
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Reviewed by Guest on July 4, 2010
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Creator: Scott Wilson
motorcycle_year: 2007
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: I grew up on Highway 80 and know this road like the back of my hand. My parents still live about a mile from the Parkway in the Busick community. I still love riding 80 from the parkway down to Pleasant Gardens (we call it Buck Creek Rd). I would love to see more people riding 80, pass the word.
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Reviewed by Guest on September 2, 2009
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Creator: GW21
motorcycle_year: 2003
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: We found this awsum road by accident...I had ridin' the Dragon twice the day before...80 is better ...with no traffic or law...
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Reviewed by Guest on August 4, 2009
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Creator: Greg
motorcycle_year: 2006
motorcycle_make: Triumph
motorcycle_type: Sport
Comment: i use 80 as part of a longer ride and i believe for the thrill vs. cops ratio it offers a better value than the dragon. It could actually be another dragon if more people knew about it. A great ride from 226 to 70 to 80 to BRP to 226A to 226 to 223 to BRP to Blowing Rock...back on 221 to 18. A great ride. Try it. but it does take about 4 hrs.
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Reviewed by Guest on June 20, 2009
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Creator: Bob
motorcycle_year: 2003
motorcycle_make: Kawasaki
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: Pretty good road but it does not have more curves than the Dragon's Tail. It has several good switchbacks, and some elevation change. Worth a ride if you are in the area.
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Reviewed by Guest on June 17, 2009
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Creator: Carson King
Comment: This is a great ride. I usually go up 80 to the BRP, go north/east to Little Switzerland, eat, then come back on 226. Both roads are great riding. Got caught in a monster rainstorm coming down from Little Switzerland once. Made for a very interesting ride that day. Sure was exciting though.
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Reviewed by Guest on June 1, 2009
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Creator: Dan
Comment: also check out the ride between hwy 80 and Little Switzerland on Hwy 226.
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