Flower Sniffin'
the Smoky Mountains

September 20-23, 2011

Flower Sniffers will gather at the Iron Horse Lodge near Stecoah, North Carolina in September for a few days of Smoky Mountain riding.

This area offers some of the best riding to be found in North America! From the gentle curves of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Cherohala Skyway to the twisties of the Dragon and a few select roads, there’s riding for any level of rider.  Half the fun is just getting there.

 Oh yes, there are off-roads too, plenty of forest service roads for any level of off-road rider.  We'll have the maps and experts to lead the way. There's a Rough Road Ride planned at the same time. See the Smoky Mountains Rough Road Ride webpage for information.

 This gathering will precede the Founders Feast located at the same location September 23-24.  


Note: This is a dry county, meaning adult beverages are not sold in the county .... 
so prepare in advance.  

  List of Participants
  Lodging Details
  Suggested Routes
  Local Information
  MTF Refund Policy
  Ride Disclaimer & Waiver

Event Coordinator

Don Norwood

Email: Don Norwood

Co-Cooridnator: John Bryant


In addition to requiring the use of a DOT approved helmet on all MTF rides, the MTF Flower Sniffin Committee strongly encourages the use of Motorcycle specific protective clothing and footwear while participating in any Flower Sniffin event. ATGATT reduces the severity of injuries in an accident and we want every participant in our events to be as safe as possible.

Also the MTF Flower Sniffin Committee strongly encourages each participant in our events to self assess their riding style, interests, need for breaks and riding skill level and to keep that assessment in mind when choosing a riding partner or small group (2-4 riders) to ride with at our events. Sharing the road with someone of similar interests and riding style not only makes the ride more enjoyable for you, but safer for everyone.


Event Schedule

Tues, Sept 20




Supper: 6pm

Iron Horse

Wed, Sept 21

Flower Sniffin’




Supper: 6pm

Iron Horse     

Iron Horse




Thur, Sept 22

Flower Sniffin’




Supper: 6pm

Iron Horse

Iron Horse

Fri, Sept 23

Flower Sniffin’




Supper: 6pm

Iron Horse

Iron Horse





Suggested Rides/Routes

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    (version 2010)

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    Routes as Webpages

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Host Lodging

Iron Horse Lodge  


1755 Lower Stecoah Road 
Stecoah, NC 28771

N 35 22.971 W 83 40.832  

YOU MUST REGISTER FIRST WITH MTF before make reservations at Iron Horse Lodge.

 This applies to all events:  Flower Sniffin’, Rough Road Ride, and Founders Feast

 Follow these steps to make reservations:

1.    Register for the event in Ride Master.

2.    Receive Personal Code via email from Don Norwood.

3.    Contact Iron Horse to make reservation.
(You will need to provide your Personal Code to Iron Horse)  

Reason for Personal Code: Iron Horse is a motorcycle only resort and campground. Therefore, everyone that calls for a reservation is a motorcyclist. MTF has a block on the rooms, cabins and RV spaces. In order to confirm that you are with the MTF, you will need to provide your Personal Code to make a reservation.

 When Iron Horse fills up, we will announce other motel options in the area.  

  Types of lodging available:

·     Share a cabin, several have private baths

  • 1-3 room cabins all with private baths

  • One 6 room cabin all with private baths

  • Other cabin rental options. (New cabins completed in 2010)

  • Share a semi-private cabin, 4 rooms with 2 baths

  • Lodge rooms with private baths

  • Bunkhouse with use of separate bath house

  • Laundry facility

  • Covered bike areas

  • Bike wash

  • Coolers and ice available

  • Billiard table, yard games

  • Wi-Fi available in main lodge

  • Nightly campfire and porch rocking chairs looking out over the running creek.


RV and Camping Options are available on location at Iron Horse

·        110v and water, RV sewage drop point

·        Tent rental available


Area Restaurants/Cafes

  • Tellico Grains Bakery http://tellico-grains-bakery.com/

  • The Jukebox Junction Café  http://www.jukeboxjunctioneat.com/default.asp

                        Intersection of Hwy 276 and 215 (6306 Pigeon Road, Canton, NC)  

  • Pisgah Inn Restaurant http://www.pisgahinn.com/dining_and_banquet_facilities.htm

                        On the Blue Ridge Parkway (408 Blue Ridge Parkway, Brevard, NC)

  • Sunset Restaurant, Franklin, NC

                        Hwy 28, NW of center of Town (498 Harrison Ave, Franklin, NC 28734) 

                        Just good ole country cooking, but no credit cards accepted. Bring cash and appetite.

Local Sights, Attactions & Oddities

Stecoah Valley Center   http://www.stecoahvalleycenter.com/ 

  •    The Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center is a vital contributor to the preservation of the Appalachian  mountain heritage of Western North Carolina. Located less than three miles from Iron Horse.

 Great Smoky Mountain Railroad http://www.gsmr.com/about/schedules.php

  • Never ridden on a train?  Here is your chance to take a scenic train ride.

  • The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad ...Bryson City NC 25 minutes from Iron Horse.

 Ride the Road to NoWhere

  • The Road to NoWhere is a very scenic and colorful road with an equal colorful history. 

  • Maps and directions available at lodge.

Joyce Kilmer National Forest  http://www.main.nc.us/graham/hiking/joycekil.html

  • A nice rest area with nature trails and good a cooling off spot near Cherohala Skyway.

Cherokee National Forest http://www.tellico-plains.com/cherokee.html 

Foothills Parkway http://www.theblueridgehighlander.com/scenic_drives/tennessee/foothills_parkway 

Cherohala Skyway – A “must-ride” scenic byway!  http://www.cherohala.com/ 

The Blue Ridge Parkway– Iconic “must-ride” scenic byway!

Forest Heritage Scenic Byway http://www.theblueridgehighlander.com/scenic_drives/north_carolina/Forest-Heritage-National-Scenic-Byway/index.html

Newfound Gap Road http://www.theblueridgehighlander.com/scenic_drives/north_carolina/newfound_gap/index.html  

  • Personal warning:  This is 441 hwy from Cherokee to Gatlinburg,  90% of all tourist that come to  Smoky Mountains take this road...so bumper to bumper, stop and go, stop and go....and if someone  sees a bear....your be there awhile....

 Cades Cove Loop http://www.smokymountainnavigator.com/index.asp?mid=69&mid2=193 

  • Warning: This 11 mile loop can take you all day....bumper to bumper....you can burn up a clutch on   this loop. Our advice, forget it...

Appalachian National Scenic Trail   (The A.T.) http://www.nps.gov/appa/

  • There will be several AT crossing in our venue area … Hwy 76, Hwy 143, Fontana Dam, Hwy 28, and many gravel road.

Fontana Dam and Visitor's Center http://www.tva.gov/sites/fontana.htm 

Cherokee Indian attractions http://www.cherokee-nc.com/index.php?page=120 

Wheels Through Time Motorcycle Museum  http://www.wheelsthroughtime.com/

            Maggie Valley, NC

  • Worth the time, but plan to be there awhile, several good place to eat and fuel up nearby.

  •  Fields of the Wood (The World's Largest Ten Commandments),

            Murphy, NC

 Webb Brothers Store (Store, Fuel) http://www.webbbros.com/

  •   Webb Brothers Store since 1936 is located in Reliance, TN on Hwy 30.

  •   Gas, snacks, restroom, post office in store, located on the Hiwassee River.

  •   Hwy 30 down to Hwy 64 Ocoee River Gorge is nice challenging ride.

 REST AREA http://wikimapia.org/12132346/Rest-Area-US-19-74-129-Andrews-NC

  •     Hwy 19-74-129, Andrews, NC

  •     This is the cleanest rest area I have ever seen ... restrooms are well maintained and full staff on     duty. Picnic tables, large parking lot, shade trees, creek area 

 Smoky Mountain National Park  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Smoky_Mountains_National_Park

  • Many attractions and scenic roads and loops, we have some routes and advice for local conditions           and traffic during the holiday weekend.

 Mountain Waters Scenic Byway http://www.westernncattractions.com/attractn/mntwater.htm

 National Park Tour Ink Stamps

  • This area offers many stamps in a three state area.  

  • Smoky Mountain National Park,

  • Blue Ridge Parkway,

  • Chief Junaluska Memorial in Robbinsville (steep grade, caution),

  • Cherokee Visitor's Center in Cherokee,

  • More information at the event

 Motorcycle Dealer/Shops

             Tellico Outfitters, Tellico Plains, TN  http://www.tellicomoto.com 

                        *Mention “MTF at Iron Horse” for special pricing.

 Other websites of interest




            http://www.tailofthedragonmaps.com/  (maps)

            http://www.tailofthedragon.com/  has many links and tons of information.  

Local Movie Trivia  

The Fugitive (1993) 

  • The train scenes were filmed in Dillsboro, North Carolina. The engine used (which was not destroyed) now pulls a dinner train. During a ride on that train, props from the making of the film can be seen, including the prison bus and the shell of the engine that crashed into the bus. Dillsboro    is next to the town on Sylva, NC where the local hospital was used for filming the hospital scenes in  the beginning of the film and the ambulance get-away.  

  •   The dam used in the exterior shots is Cheoah Dam, Tapoco, Graham County, North Carolina, USA. The dam can be viewed clearly from North Carolina State Highway 129, just north of the town of Tapoco, NC.  

  • Everett Street in Bryson City was part of the chase/ambulance scene of the movie.

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