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Wheels Through Time Motorcycle Museum in Maggie Valley NC

January 16, 2014 by Rick Morris

Do you enjoy a sweet motorcycle ride along smooth, curvy mountain roads?  Yes?  Then, Maggie Valley NC is your destination.  What with the Blue Ridge Parkway and Deal's Gap, where you can tame the "Dragon" - an infamous 11-mile road twisting with 318 curves through some of best views in the Southeast.  Afterwards, you may want to hop off the Blue Ridge Parkway at Maggie Valley and discover the rarest of America's vintage motorcycles.

Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley NC

Just a few miles off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Maggie Valley, the Wheels Through Time museum has an outstanding display of motorcycle Americana - 300 bikes for your viewing and gawking pleasure, and various exhibits such as board track racers, paint machines, American dirt and track, and choppers, to name a few.  Learn about American motorcycle companies such as Harley-Davidson, Indian, Henderson, Crocker, Excelsior, and others.


One of their newest bikes at the Wheels Through Time musuem is a 1936 Knucklehead Bobber, a bike the museum's founder and curator, Dale Walksler crafted from thousands of original Harley-Davidson parts as well as new parts.  Dale, an avid collector of rare American motorcycles was recently interviewed by TV's Jay Leno after meeting him at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance show in California.  Leno gave his approval of the Wheels Through Time museum by saying it is on of the best in America.

Founded in 1993, the Wheels Through Time museum is open from April until October.  Admission is just $12 and definitely worth it!  Senior and children discounts apply.

Featured exhibits include Home-Made in America, MotorCops, Slant Artists, America on the Boards, One-of-a-kind Specials, and the Chopper Graveyard.  From racing motorcycles of the early 20th century to hillclimbers and pre-WWII bikes, you'll find the nostalgic pieces that made motorcycles and America go hand in hand.

Though vintage motorcycles seem to be the draw, Wheel Through Time also features antique cars.  Their "Decade Collection" features American cars spanning 100 years.  Check out the early Cadillacs and the Locomobile.  Or the Packard and Lincoln.

Yearly events include the Great American Race, 7-day voyage featuring 75 historic vehicles.  The race starts in Chattanooga, TN and ends in Vermont, passing through Wheels Through Time on it's second leg.  In its 28th year, the Great American Race is a time, speed, and endurance rally for vehicles made before 1969.

Also on the events list is a trike rally, 4th of July celebration, an antique motorcycle national meet, American Iron Magazine Kickstart Classic, and annual raffle and toy run.

If you are an American motorcycle enthusiast, and truly love your country, you gotta check out this place!  For more information, visit the Wheels Through Time museum website.


What to See & Do in Maggie Valley NC

Ghost Town in the Sky
A western-themed amusement park resting at the top of Buck Mountain (at nearly 4,700 feet in elevation) overlooking the Maggie Valley and the Great Smoky Mountains.

Wheels Through Time
Probably the best vintage motorcycle museum in North America, the Wheels Through Time is for anyone who loves old bikes.

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Operating for more than 50 years, Cataloochee Ski Area is your mountain top skiing and snowboarding getaway when visiting Maggie Valley NC.

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