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The Snake Ride

About 112 Miles Round-Trip

Snake through the Tennessee mountains, through Stoney Creek and across into the pastoral Shady Valley. From there, it’s on up to the extraordinary Backbone Rock, with outcroppings, hiking trails, and beautiful photo ops. Continue into Damascus, home of the Virginia Creeper Trail, and return through peaceful Mountain City, beside the beautiful Watauga Lake.
The Snake Ride video
Watauga Lake
Damascus VA
Bristol TN/VA


Attractions

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Shady Valley Country Store - a great deli with area souvenirs available
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In the Country Bakery & Eatery - all bikers welcome
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Overlook at Watauga Lake - for amazing views and photography opportunities
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Laurel Falls - for stretching your legs and taking in the scenery
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Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area - for enriching your historical knowledge
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Sammons - for the best hot dog in Elizabethton


Directions

From Holiday Inn, Johnson City
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Turn right onto N. Roan St./11E N. 12.9 mi
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R - Exit 394E 7.5 mi
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R - 421S to Shady Valley 18.1 mi
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L - 133 N. Backbone Rock 14.3 mi
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R - 58E 3.6 mi
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R - 91S Mountain City 14.3 mi
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R - 67W/91 at light 28.5 becomes 321
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R - 321/67W and 19E at Hampton 9.6 mi
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L - 321S/67W Broad St. 17.1 mi
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R - I-26W
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Exit 20, Roan St.
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