Bairds Creek Road, Boone
Bairds Creek Road is one of the shorter drives on this list, but it’s also one of the most dynamic. It starts off with a bang, with a nearly 180-degree entry point off of NC-105. Immediately you’re treated to a clear straightaway with awesome views of the mountains and nearby Willow Valley resort.
A few minutes later, that balls-out stretch turns into a run of blind curves, sudden elevation changes, and wall-hugging narrow lanes. The questionably-maintained road will challenge even the best suspension setups, and the curves and elevation demand constant shifting.
At the end of the road, we recommend a trip down NC-194 to Valle Crucis, a small community of farmers and B&Bs. The speed limit is low, but a cold Cheerwine at Mast General Store is the perfect end to your journey.