Spivey Gap Road (US-19W) is a local favorite that starts southeast of Erwin, TN and twists around (and I mean twist but of course really fun twists) until it crosses the TN/NC border. After another 1.2 mi of riding in NC, the Appalachian Trail crosses over the road. The curves then become a bit more gentle as the road follows and gives great views of the Cane River. US-19W ends at US-19E about 5 miles west of Burnsville, NC. Although US-19W heading south won’t take you to a specific destination, it can be included in a ride in order to bypass I-26 if you want to get to Burnsville, NC or Mars Hill, NC. Other roads can then be ridden from either of those locations. If heading north on US-19W, the road will end about 5 mi north of Erwin, TN. See the second map and directions for a route from Big Laurel Rd to the south south of US-19W. In addition, it is easy to get to I-26 from either end of this section of US-19W. The road surface is in good condition, but look out for possible gravel and/ or mud around the blind curves especially if the area has recently had a hard rain. Here is the map for this section of US-19W:
US-19W from I-26 Exit 40
Take Exit 40 for Jackson Love Hwy on right Go 0.3 mi to stop sign.
Left onto TN-36 S Go 0.2 mi
Right onto Temple Hill Rd Go 0.1 mi to Gas station on left
After gas station break, continue southwest on TN-36 S/ Temple Hill Rd Go 4.8 mi
OR, instead of taking Exit 40, use Exit 43:
US-19W from I-26 Exit 43
Take I-26 Exit 43. Go 0.3 mi to stop sign.
Left onto US-19W S Go 0.1 mi to stop/yield sign.
Right onto US-19W S Go 1.1 mi.
How to get on US-19W/Spivey Gap Rd from either I-26 Exit and ride to US-19:
Turn Left onto US-19W S/ Spivey Gap Rd Go 6.5 mi entering NC
Continue on US-19W S for another 1.2 mi and you will see the Appalachian Trail crossing
Continue straight on US-19W S for another 20.3 mi.
Right onto US-19W N Go 0.4 mi to stop sign.
Right onto US-19 S Go 10.7 mi to get back to I-26 Exit 9.
To get to Mars Hill, head west under I-26 overpass for 0.5 more mi
Merge onto I-26 E Go 1.4 mi to the next exit
Exit on I-26 Exit 11 Go 0.2 mi to stop sign
Left onto NC-213 W Go 0.9 mi
Right onto N Main St, Mars Hill. Go 110 ft to get to downtown restaurants
To get to Marshall from Mars Hill, turn around in downtown, and go ~100 ft.
Right onto NC-213 W/ Cascade St Go 7.3 mi.
NC-213 W will turn into Hayes Run Rd in Marshall, NC.
If you want to go to Burnsville, NC for lunch, choose the Garden Deli.
Instead of making a right onto US-19W N and going 0.4 mi then turning right onto US-19 S,
Turn Left onto Cane River School Rd/ Old US-19E N Go 0.7 mi
Right onto State Rd 1126 Go 249 ft
Left at 1st cross street onto US-19E N Go 4.5 mi to stoplight.
Left onto S Main St in Burnsville. Go 413 ft to stop/yield sign.
Right onto Town Square (one-way road) and follow the oval around to the Garden Deli.
Route 2 – Getting to US-19W from intersection of Big Laurel Rd and US-23-ALT:
From Big Laurel Rd stop sign at intersection with US-23-ALT,
Right onto US-23 ALT S Go 1.0 mi
Left onto Laurel Valley Rd Go 3.5 mi
Straight/Left onto Windy Gap Rd Go 1.6 mi
Left onto US-19 N Go 4.4 mi
Left onto US-19W S Go 0.4 mi
Left to stay on US-19 W entering TN Go 28.1 mi to stop sign
Right onto US-19W N Go 1.1 mi to I-26 Exit 43
Turn left to get onto I-26 entrance