Winding roads give you a surprise around every turn.

Franklin is located at the crossroads of several great motorcycle rides in Western North Carolina. The Moonshiner 28 is one such ride, a 103 mile trail that begins at the Tail of the Dragon on US 129 at Deals Gap, and winds southeastward along NC 28 through Franklin and Highlands, NC. It continues southward on NC 28 into North Georgia and ends in Walhalla, SC. The Moonshiner 28 got its name from Moonshine runners traveling from South Carolina to Tennessee on the twists and turns of this back road to avoid the police. This is a great alternative to other more crowded routes, with sections every bit as twisty as the more popular routes.

 The Moonshiner 28 Route Map – Courtesy Ronald Johnson

There are also great views and scenic attractions along the way, including three of Western North Carolina’s most popular waterfalls between Franklin and Highlands, NC – Cullasaja Falls, Dry Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls, as well as many other pull offs and scenic stops.

Aerial view of US 64 on the Moonshiner 28 route

The Moonshiner 28 is quickly becoming one of the great must-do roads of Western North Carolina. Come spend a day or a week exploring the area, whether on a motorcycle, in a car, or in the family van, you’re sure to enjoy the mountains and scenery that you’ll pass through.

Dry Falls between Franklin & Highlands