One of the shortest of the Southern Dozen rides; this 37-mile round-trip ride is a must for the history buffs. Explore the scenic roads leading to the historical attractions in the area. Become a part of the happenings in 1791 through first-person interpretation of daily lifestyles and skills at Rocky Mount Living History Museum a few miles away from Johnson City. Costumed dudes in periodic garb relive the olden days. Check out the historic kitchen, gardens, and log homes. If you are lucky, you can ask the blacksmith to modify your motorcycle.
At the Doe River, you will see one of the country’s last remaining covered bridges which dates back to the early 1800s. The Elizabethton Covered Bridge was built in 1882. The 134-foot bridge no longer allows motorized vehicles but you can pretend to ride it by running across it while making motorcycle noises. Braaap!
Tips from the locals: “The most amazing thing about this area I call home is always knowing that at any given moment, you can gas up your bike and take off in any direction and within minutes you can be cruising through the clouds, riding into the valleys, chasing history, or just enjoying great rides and good Southern food with the two-wheel family.” —Michael Howell