The Diamondback, NC 226A, is one of the last great stretches of Western North Carolina mountain roads.
The Diamondback is loaded with switchbacks that double back almost 360-degrees, strings of linked S-curves and a steady climb through lush green forest.
The Diamondback has over 190 curves in a 12-mile loop.
The Diamondback is in great shape for riding or driving - smooth pavement, well marked centerlines with reflectors and very little traffic.
The Diamondback features a 10 to 12-degree drop in temperature from the base to the peak.
The Diamondback passes through Pisgah National Forest by way of a curving and mountainous two-lane road.
The Diamondback is entirely within McDowell and Mitchell counties in North Carolina.
The Diamondback parallels the Blue Ridge Parkway along its northern segment.
The Diamondback is the last alternate route in North Carolina.
The perfect base for your family adventures hiking forest trails, kayaking Lake James or just relaxing by the pool.
Casual mountain atmosphere with an innovative taste in the heart of downtown Little Switzerland, North Carolina.
Family campground & cabin rentals. Located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Surrounded by National Forest.
A wonderfully unique establishment with breathtaking views. Located on NC 226A, 1 mile west of the Parkway.
A distinctive assortment of American handcrafted jewelry, pottery, blown glass and crafts.
Local and regional handcrafted works including handmade baskets, pottery and herbal soaps, jams, jellies and pickles.