“Thunder in the Smokies” Annual Motorcycle Rally in Maggie Valley, NC

July 29th 2016

Attention Motorcycle Enthusiasts:  Do you love to ride, get together with other bikers and enjoy beautiful mountain scenery at the same time?  If your answer is yes, come check out the “Thunder in the Smokies” Annual Motorcycle Rally in Maggie Valley, NC!  This unique event gets better each year!

Date and Location

Thunder in the Smokies will be held in Maggie Valley, NC at the Blue Ridgway Park, 3374 Soco Road, Maggie Valley, NC, on September 9th-11th, 2016.  This is just minutes away from Creekside Lodge! Expect to see hundreds of participants in this weekend event!

Here is a peak at the weekend timetable:

Friday, Sept 9th – 11AM to 11PM

Saturday, Sept 10th – 9AM to 11PM

Sunday, Sept 11th– 9AM to 4PM

Events to Look Forward To

The Thunder in the Smokies Annual Motorcycle Rally will host an array of events, each designed to keep participants happy and entertained throughout the weekend. Here is a sample of what you can look forward to:

Vendors Supreme

Gain access to more than 30 vendors setting up shop in the rally. You will be able to browse through different vendors and shop their extensive collection of motorcycle accessories. If you are considering upgrading your bike, this would be an excellent place to get check out those upgrades!

Bike Games

Participate in various motorcycle games with an amazing $1,000 cash prize for the lucky winners! These bike games are expected to be played throughout the 3 days of the event, giving all participants the chance to play at least one game and win something for back home.

Nightly Concerts

Amuse yourself come nighttime with the concerts set up in the event. Check out the list of performers so you won’t miss your favorite artists! No matter what type of music is your favorite, you’ll enjoy coming each night to just chill out in the open arena while listening to the live show.

Tour Ride

Of course, do not forget the much anticipated tour ride where you can be part of a rally while at the same time enjoying the independence of riding a motorbike with the wind on your hair and open spaces all around! The Tour Ride will run through the Great Smoky Mountains, going as high as the Waternock Knob Overlook with an elevation of 5,820. Enjoy the sights – rain or shine – and circle back to the event location to continue with the festivities. The tour ride will leave at 10AM Saturday morning. Make sure to gas up before the rally because there are no gas stops on the trail – just a long stretch of paved road as well as the sound of the bikes!

What Age Group

Everyone is welcome, no matter what your age is!  Come and enjoy this event whether you are a bike enthusiast, have your own bike or are simply friends with someone who loves bikes – the Thunder in the Smokies is open for anyone willing to have a good time!  Please note that alcoholic beverages cannot be brought into the event from the outside, Not to worry though – there is plenty of beer being served by the vendors inside!


Tickets are available either online or they can be purchased when you arrive at the event.  You will find however that online tickets are cheaper at $17 while on-site tickets are priced at $20. Either purchase will get you in the gates for the next 3 days of the event with access to anything or everything the rally has to offer. For those who will be bringing kids 8 years old or lower, the weekend pass price is reduced to just $8. No day passes – just weekend passes are available.

This is a fun annual event that you won’t want to miss!  Be sure to book your reservation early at Creekside Lodge!  Please call us at (800) 621-1260 and let our friendly staff assist you!  Make plans to relax in our newly remodeled rooms at Creekside Lodge while you enjoy this event!


  • We went with a large group to the Maggie Valley Creekside Lodge and they were incredibly helpful and hospitable. The accommodations were great. The large foyer area was wonderful for the group and the staff was incredible. They made us welcome in so many ways. The rates were incredibly reasonable and the room had all the necessary amenities.

    Chip T.

  • We loved our visit here! We just got home last night and we all wish we were still there! The staff is extremely helpful and the rooms are nice and clean. We spent a lot of time by the stunning creek cooking dinner on the grill and roasting s'mores over the fire pit. It is centrally located to many attractions. We went on many day trips and didn't spend all day in the car getting there. It's also within walking distance of restaurants and shops, but you may find yourself eating by the rushing creek instead!

    Amie M.

  • Really enjoyable place to stay. Room had a balcony overlooking the creek. Spacious room with comfortable bed. Staff was very nice and friendly. Took only 35-40 minutes to reach the Valley at Cataloochee where the elk were in rut. Awesome stay and can't wait to go back.


  • Clean, friendly, quiet, relaxing. Heartfelt thanks to Carol and her entire staff for making our group feel at home again this year. They went out of their way to make sure we had what we needed to make our event a success. We will be back again!

    Ricky Y.

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