Perfect 2-Hour Mountain Ride in the Spring

Spring View From Mountain Home in Hendersonville

I left early for a two-hour ride from my home in Hendersonville, NC, to Saluda and Chimney Rock, NC, and back home. It was a little hazy, but the view was still pretty nice from our neighborhood. I beat the hustle and bustle in downtown Hendersonville…

Spring Morning in Hendersonville North Carolina

There were lots of empty parking spaces, even in front of the Old Courthouse…

The Old Courthouse in Hendersonville is now a Museum

On my way to Saluda I stopped at a bridge on Rt. 176 and took a picture of the gorge…

View of Gorge Near Saluda, NC

In Saluda I had breakfast at Ward’s Grill on Main Street. If you’re hungry don’t miss it…

Outside Ward's Grill in Saluda, NC

It was still pretty early so I got the sidewalk all to myself…

Early Morning Outside Ward's Grill

And I beat the crowds inside, too…

Nostalgic Look Inside Ward's Grill in Saluda, NC

I ordered a healthy (no pancakes or grits) bacon-and-eggs breakfast and enjoyed every single bite…

Delicious Bacon and Eggs Breakfast at Ward's Grill in Saluda, NC

When I started out of town I drove by the popular Green River Adventures headquarters. They were already loading up for a fun time on the river…

Picture Outside the Green River Adventures Headquarters in Saluda, NC

Then I stopped in front of one of our favorite Saluda inns, where we’ve enjoyed some great dining experiences

Newman's Restaurant at the Orchard Inn, Saluda, NC

From Saluda I headed to Pearson’s Falls, and on the way stopped to smell the honeysuckle and enjoy the view…

Beautiful Views Near Saluda, NC

I got to Pearson’s Falls too early, so I snapped a quick picture and continued on…

Pearson's Falls Near Saluda and Tryon, NC

On my way to Lake Lure and Chimney Rock I rode down the mountain into the gorge via Green River Cove Road. It has over a dozen switchbacks that are much tighter than anything on the Tail of the Dragon. Here’s what it looks like on Google Maps…

Map of Switchbacks on Green River Cove Road near Saluda, NC

The Green River doesn’t look too rough so when it warms up I’m going to get an inner-tube and take a ride…

Views of the Green River Near Saluda, NC

There are several spots along the river to rent tubes…

Tube Rentals on the Green River Near Saluda, NC

There are some very nice views in this part of the country. You can even capture a nice amateur shot out the car window…

Nice View Near Saluda, NC

The beautiful views of Lake Lure never get old…

Beautiful View of Lake Lure

When I could see Chimney Rock Park in the distance I took a picture. I’ve outlined the actual “chimney” in red below…

The Chimney at Chimney Rock park from a distance

Here’s a close-up picture of the “chimney” and Lake Lure from inside the park…

The 'Chimney' at Chimney Rock Park From Above

Here’s another shot of the “chimney” from the entrance at Chimney Rock Park…

The entrance to Chimney Rock Park

Harley riders who visit Chimney Rock might find this interesting: the Asheville Harley Davidson dealer is opening up a new clothing and accessories store… right next door to the infamous “Heavenly Hoggs” on Main Street…

New Harley Davidson Store Next to Heavenly Hoggs in Chimney Rock, NC

You could easily turn my two-hour ride into a two-day ride (or even a two-week ride) if you have time, and enjoy the many activities and attractions along the way. Here’s an interactive Google map of the roads I took…

Interactive Google Map of 2-Hour Loop

Here are some links you might find helpful along your way: Hendersonville B&B’s, Hendersonville Hotels, Hendersonville Dining, and Hendersonville and Saluda Attractions; Saluda Lodging, Saluda Dining; Chimney Rock and Lake Lure Lodging, Dining, and Attractions.

And if you’re looking for some other great places to ride in the Blue Ridge Mountains, check out our Best Mountain Roads page.

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