Wilderness Trail Region | PCA Zone 3

US-421: The Snake Group Drive - 03.11.2023

3/11/2023, 9:15 AM

151 Speedway Boulevard, Bristol, Sullivan County, Tennessee, 37620

US-421: The Snake Group Drive - 03.11.2023

Date: 03/11/2023 – RAIN OR SHINE

Meet time: 9:15 am

Meet location: Bristol Motor Speedway - 105 Speedway Blvd, Bristol, TN (North Entrance)

Route: https://goo.gl/maps/njNQ8KupD5SGyiBg7

Route length: 70 miles

Once the drive is over, we will have lunch at ‘Subas’ in Mountain City. When you RSVP you can inform if you are only doing the drive and skipping lunch or if you will stay for lunch.

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The Snake (US-421) is said to have "489 curves, 3 mountains and 1 valley packed in 33 miles". It is considered by many, better than the legendary Tail of the Dragon and it is ranked #4 among 68 driving routes in Tennessee (according to the “motorcycleroads.com”). The ride goes through the Cherokee National Forest with some great views as you ascend over the mountain ridge on some of the best twists in the area. The climb over the second ridge is as good as the first with more twisting/turning roads that will leave you exhilarated.

On this drive, we will meet at 9:15 am at Bristol Motor Speedway, 105 Speedway Blvd, Bristol, TN (North Entrance). From there we will head to South Holston Lake via US-421 and take a left a little over past the Marina toward Jacobs Creek Recreation Area where we will hit a set of rural backroads that are as fun as the Snake, but with no traffic! After 17 miles of twits and adrenaline pumping, we will turn right on Hwy 58 and relax a little bit, letting the heart-rate settle down, but only until we arrive in Damascus, where we will turn right toward Backbone Rock Campground. We will make a stop by the America's shortest Natural tunnel before heading to Shady Valley Country Store. Another quick break and then we will hit The Snake toward Mountain City, to arrive at the restaurant for lunch!


9:15 – Meet at Bristol Motor Speedway

9:25 – Drivers Meeting

9:35 – Start rolling

10:40 – Arrive at Backbone Rock Campground

11:00 – Start driving toward Shady Valley Country Store

11:10 – Arrive at Shady Valley Country Store

11:30 – Start driving toward Mountain City

12:00 – Arrive at Subas for lunch - MENU HERE: SUBAS MENU


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