There’s something surrounding the mountains of the High Country, an energy of sorts that floods into the lives of anyone around. This energy is filled with light and life, giving people an experience they will never forget. For motorcyclists, taking a ride through the all-encompassing Blue Ridge Parkway is a must when visiting the High Country. It gives them the energy they need, especially in the summer.

As the Blue Ridge Parkway reaches 469 miles from the Shenandoah National Park to the Great Smoky Mountains, it passes through the heart of the High Country in Boone, Blowing Rock, Linville and Ashe County.

The destination hot spots for motorcyclists can be found within these historic towns, many visiting The Tavern in West Jefferson, stopping for a quick bite at Comeback Shack in Boone and cruising through downtown Blowing Rock.

If you’re looking to join in on the motorcycling fun seen throughout the mountains, Action Cycle Sports, located at 2349 Old Highway 421 South, Boone, NC, can equip you with all of your motorcycle needs. The shop sells used motorcycles and parts and also offer rentals.

When taking a road trip, many search for places to stay, including High Country Motorcycle Camp, located in Ferguson just in between Blowing Rock and Wilkesboro.

High Country Motorcycle camp is the home for motorcyclist camps, bunks, cabins and rallies. Events include the Royal Endield Himalayan Gathering on June 4-6, the Gathering of the Clans on June 10-13 and the Adventure Tours Event.

The camp is located at 765 Stony Fork Road in Ferguson.

Another event opportunity for motorcyclists are the monthly cruise-ins in downtown West Jefferson. Though these cruise-ins typically highlight old and vintage cars, many bikers ride through to show off their wheels, a perfect fit for the hustle and bustle of the busy event. Cruise-ins take place every third Saturday of April-Oct.

The Boone Bike Rally will also take place this summer from June 4-5 and will feature live bands, food stands and a variety of vendors. Tickets for this event are $15 for a Friday pass, $25 for a Saturday pass and $30 for a full weekend pass.

Bikers are welcome to the event and contests including bike shows and games will be held including prizes.

Whether you plan on housing up for the season or are simply passing through, the High Country is a must-visit on your list.

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