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The nation’s scariest road is right here in North Carolina.  And no, it isn’t Charlotte’s Brookshire Freeway at rush hour.

According to Savoteur’s “15 Of The Scariest Drives In America,” North Carolina’s Tail of the Dragon ranks number one as the most perilous and challenging drive in the country.

This honor comes as no surprise to my wife, who has white-knuckled this stretch of mountain asphalt as a passenger several times.  She never once enjoyed it the way I did.  She has vowed never to go back.

The Tail of the Dragon is tucked between the Great Smoky Mountains and the Cherokee National Forest near the North Carolina/Tennessee border.  With its 318 sharp curves packed into just 11 miles, the nation’s scariest road is a popular destination for motorcyclists and driving enthusiasts.

Officially it’s known by its government name — US 129 near Deals Gap, NC.  It draws literally thousands of visitors each year, especially in the spring and summer months.  It’s about four hours west of Charlotte.

The Tail of the Dragon beat out several other harrowing roads to claim the top spot on the scary list.   For example, the famous Colorado road that goes to the top of Pike’s Peak only made it to number four.  But if you don’t want to drive four hours just to get to a place to do more driving, I recommend North Carolina’s 226A.  Known as the Diamondback by motorcycle riders, it runs through Little Switzerland in McDowell and Mitchell Counties.  226A delivers plenty of hairpin turns and quite a climb in elevation.  Plus, it’s only 2 hours from Charlotte.

Ultimate North Carolina Waterfall Road Trip to 8 Scenic Spots in 5 Hours

We all know that summertime is the best time for a road trip. We’ve already discussed all of that and the best state to take those road trips in, but what about waterfalls. One thing that North Carolina has plenty of is scenic views with some breathtaking waterfalls across the state. Didn’t know that? Well, yes, North Carolina is known for its natural beauty and the waterfalls within the state surely add true to that. With a series of hiking trails showing off some of the most beautiful waterfalls, you won’t regret finding these hidden gems.

Only In Your State gathered a list of some of the best waterfall road trips you could take in North Carolina. North Carolina is the best place to fall in love with nature this summer. But, where should you begin? This waterfall road trip will take you all across North Carolina. Along the way, you’ll be able to see some of the most breathtaking waterfalls. Not only will you have the time of your life, but it also won’t take all day. The entire trip can be done in a simple 5-hour day trip, according to Only In Your State! So, who is ready to see some waterfalls this summer? Check out Only In Your State’s ultimate North Carolina waterfall road trip below.

Source: Only In Your State 

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