Screen Shot 2014-11-14 at 9.52.21 AMTHE BRIEF

We’re always on the lookout for new routes and our friends down south just sent us a bunch courtesy of Motorcycleroads.com  Having been to Savannah, GA once we were particularly drawn to this route that heads out of Savannah on the 21 and eventually finds its way to Anderson, SC. It’s a four hour-plus ride, one way. You can clip it in half by starting in Augusta instead of Savannah, but  you’ll miss the end of the river where it empties into the Atlantic.

WHAT YOU’LL SEE

Regardless of what time of year you ride this, you’ll see plenty of woods, old towns, and scenic overlooks. The route takes you through sections of the Sumpter National Forest and several state parks along the way: Hamilton Branch State ParkBaker Creek State ParkHickory Knob State Park, and Calhoun Falls State Park.

WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR

As with any backroads route you’re not familiar with, the main thing to consider is that the locals get pretty comfortable with driving a certain way. Which means they probably won’t be looking out for motorcycles if they’re not used to seeing them. Traffic during mid-week on this route is supposed to be pretty light. So enjoy the scenery, but watch for traffic that could pull out from anywhere.

WHERE TO EAT

If you start in Savannah, you’ll probably want to stop in Augusta for lunch. We did a quick search and found more than enough options. But we were particularly attracted to the menu at the Boll Weevil Cafe & Sweetery. Yes, that’s the full name. Who could pass up the possibility of Gumbo vs a Pimento Cheese Burger?

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