For memorial day, my wife and I road to South Mountain State Park, near Morganton but actually in Connelly Springs. We entered the place name in our factory GPS and hit "Shortest Route." We ended up on Old NC18 and what a fun ride! I though I was on the Dragon--except there were NO semis--just a few giant pickups hauling horse trailers. South Mountain (see map here) was a beautiful place and a wonderful ride.