Appalachian Backroads – Skull Cracker

You’ll have a laugh-out-loud good time riding this 50-mile scenic bypass! Pass historical buildings, a stunning waterfall, and charming small towns. Take a side trip to the Creation Kingdom Zoo, or spend another day floating down the Clinch River, dancing at Carter Family Fold, or kick back in front of a cozy fire at your cabin getaway!

For details, turn-by-turn directions, downloadable GPX files, a list of lodging, dining and attractions along the way, and to order a free Appalachian Backroads Map showing off 14 of the best scenic backroads of Appalachia, visit And to plan ahead of your visit, click on our interactive trip planner app to plot your stops along the way!

Appalachian Backroads Skull Cracker Route Map

Start in Gate City, VA 24251


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