Tour the Wild Dam Waterfall Loop in North Carolina

Motorcycle Tour, The Wild Dam Waterfall Loop in North Carolina

The Wild Dam Waterfall Loop in North Carolina has it all: head-spinning turns, mountain views, gorgeous waterfalls, and sprawling dams. The only downside is the traffic. This loop ride is very popular, so consider getting an early start to beat the crowd.

Wild Dam Waterfall Loop in North Carolina: Directions and Itinerary 

The total distance is 87.7 miles, which should take 2.5 hours at a minimum without stops. However, we recommend giving this ride at least half a day to enjoy it properly.

Hampton Inn & Suites Cashiers-Sapphire Valley

This motorcycle-friendly lodging is located just off Highway 64 near the charming town of Sapphire, NC, making it an ideal starting point. Roll out of the parking lot and follow US-64 East.

Whiteside Mountain Overlook

As you ride on US-64, watch for the overlook on a tight curve near Whiteside Mountain, which provides a breathtaking view of over a dozen majestic cliffs.

Lake Toxaway and Toxaway Falls

About 10 miles farther down, you’ll cross the dam below Lake Toxaway. Grab a bite and enjoy the view of Toxaway Falls from The Falls Cafe and Grill.

Twists and Curves

Continue east on US-64 for around 15 miles, then turn north on Silversteen Road. Watch out for the sign marking the start of a series of challenging curves. 

About six miles out, Silversteen Road makes a sharp turn when it meets Macedonia Church Road. Be careful not to continue onto Macedonia Church Road — stay on Silversteen Road until the junction with Canada Road (NC-281). 

Turn right onto NC-281 and climb north toward Little Canada. Cross the dam at Wolf Creek Lake, then navigate a succession of sweeping downhill curves on the road to Tuckasegee. After turning left on NC-107, you’ll see a gas station, which is a good spot for a short break and fuel-up. As you get back on NC-107, turn right onto Pine Creek Road.

Thorpe Reservoir

Follow Pine Creek Road as it crosses the dam at Thorpe Reservoir and twists around the lake, then turn right to remain on Pine Creek Road when it reaches North Norton Road. 

Pine Creek Road eventually becomes Walnut Creek Road before descending in a series of curves until it meets US-64. Watch out for the single-lane bridge with a sharp entry/exit. 


US-64 will take you on the most scenic leg of the loop through the Cullasaja River Gorge. Stay alert, as the twisty road gets so narrow in places that bigger vehicles may cross into your lane. 

Cullasaja Falls is the first and largest of the beautiful falls you’ll encounter. There’s a pullout where you can enjoy the view, but make it quick, as it’s in a section of the road with limited visibility. 

Next comes Dry Falls. It’s not visible from the road, but you can leave your bike in the parking area on the right-hand side and reach the waterfall on foot. You can even walk behind it in a large cavern!

Continue on US-64 toward Quarry Falls, a group of small cascades you can admire from a long roadside pullout. 

Finally, you’ll see Bridal Veil Falls on your left-hand side. Keep in mind that it’s more of a trickle than a waterfall during dry periods.

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