Route: Bobarosa Saloon Run
Type: Out and Back
Begin: Maggie Valley, NC
End: Maggie Valley, NC
Time: Approximately 6 hours (including rest stops and lunch). Non-stop riding is 1.5 hours in each direction depending on travel conditions.
Distance: 130 miles RT
Highlights: Switchbacks, views, great destination
Like so many other great motorcycle runs, The Bobarosa Saloon Run begins and ends in Maggie Valley, North Carolina.
The name comes from the turnaround point, the Bobarosa Saloon in Del Rio, Tennessee. The Bobarosa Saloon sits next to the French Broad River in the beautiful Smoky Mountains.
You will begin your journey in downtown Maggie Valley. Our map starts at the U.S. Post Office, but you may begin anywhere along US-19.
The trip to Bobarosa Saloon will take about three hours and another three hours for the return.
The Bobarosa Saloon Run is an “Out and Back” type route, taking the same roads in both directions. If you decide you want to spend the night in the mountains, there is a campground and a motel at the destination with accommodations for tents, RVs, pop-ups, etc.
The campground is located on the river, so close you could almost fish from your tent.
For bikers into the saloon lifestyle, you will be at home at Bobarosa Saloon. Motorcycles hang from the ceiling, live music is played, food is served, pool tables are available for a quick game of “8 Ball,” and much more.
You may be into motorcycles, but not saloons. We want to encourage you to make the trip anyway. The ride is beautiful and upon arrival you may enjoy spending time with other bikers hanging out next to the river.
Of course, you may want to grab a burger and then head back to Maggie Valley. The ride is short enough to do in a day.
For those of you who want to stay, there is plenty to do and see. In addition to the campground, motel, saloon, and deck bar, a bike gear store is onsite for anyone needing additional gear.
The Bobarosa Saloon Run is a favorite of the biker crowd. If you have made this trek, please let us know what you think about it in our comments section.
Google Map | Bobarosa Saloon Run