Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap with 318 curves in 11 miles, is America’s number one motorcycle and sports car road.

Designated US 129, the road is bordered by the Great Smoky Mountains and the Cherokee National Forest, with no intersecting roads or driveways to hamper your travel. It is considered “the destination” for thousands of motorcycle and sports car fans throughout the spring, summer, and fall.  Can you brave it? It’s best to be cautious as the turns are tight, but the Tail of the Dragon is guaranteed to be the ride of your life!

The nearby Cherohala Skyway is quickly becoming a destination too, with its remote 60 miles of breathtaking scenic mountain highway. The area also has other incredible roads like the Moonshiner 28, Devils Triangle, Diamondback 226, Six Gap North Georgia, The Snake and Great Forest Service Dual Sport and Jeep Roads.

The Tail of the Dragon T-Shirt Shack at the intersection of US 129 and NC 28 is closed for the winter. We’ll be back in March with some new products. Looking forward to next year at the Big Metal Dragon. You can shop our secure On-Line Tail of the Dragon Store anytime.  We run Facebook and Instagram contests frequently and provide discounts and special event news in out seasonal Monthly Newsletter. And, make sure to visit Killboy.com to view his weekly highlights and where you can order your Dragon and Cherohala Skyway photos, both current and archives. Killboy.com also offers GoPro rentals and sales (accessories too) at the T-Shirt Shack,

Latest Tail of the Dragon News

April 16 2015

Welcome Car Groups:  Wookies in the Woods, Rotary Rally, and Spyder’s on the Dragon !!

Stop by the Tail of the Dragon Tshirt Shack – we will have free rally stickers and custom Tail of the Dragon green street signs.  Also, use the map below for make up your own alternative tour.  Check out the twisties of Wayah Road and Moonshiner 28 heading north from Franklin, watch the whitewater action on 19/74 in the Nantahala Gorge.

On your way, stop at Werloom Honey on US129 on the north side of Robbinsville.  Mention Tail of the Dragon or bring this map for a free gift. Also, stop by our favorite winery and brewery, Calaboose Cellars / Andrews Brewing in Andrews North Carolina (both at same location). Present this map to Calaboose Cellars for 10% off at their store.

Here is your touring map: (CLICK HERE for printable pdf)



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Featured Events

11026147_811492595591667_3257376091826581130_nHere is your excuse to explore the north Georgia mountain roads – Gauntlet Thunder in the Mountains Rally April 23-25 sponsored by our friends at Copperhead Lodge and Biker Barn. See EVENT WEBSITE for more information.

2015 Events


Contact Us to get your event listed on the calendar.  Tail of the Dragon is available to help your group with custom T-shirts, stickers, metal signs.  Contact Killboy.com for group photos.

Tail of the Dragon Store

Get your Tail of the Dragon, Cherohala Skyway, Devils Triangle, Moonshiner28, Six Gap, and Diamondback merchandise.

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Road Updates

BULLETIN: Tennessee has finally banned trucks over 30 feet long on the Tail of the Dragon. Signs will be erected in January. It has only been 14 years that the TailoftheDragon.com has pushed for this to happen. Thank you TDOT for finally coming around. DETAILS

SIX GAP UPDATE: Wolf Pen Gap, part of the Six Gap Loop in north Georgia,has been repaved. The much needed improvements will make this a safer ride.

DIAMONDBACK-226A UPDATE: NC DOT has repaved 226A. The pavement is great, but watch out for gravel which DOT spread along the side of the road. Some is on the roadway itself in spots.

Just a reminder to ride and drive safe on our area roads. It is much cheaper and safer to do a track day than to get a ticket or worse yet cause an accident on our public highways.

You might notice trees and rocks along the NC side of US 129 and NC 28 are painted with a purple paint. This marks the land as “POSTED” and hunters need written permission from the land owner to hunt there. See the North Carolina Landowner Protection Act for details.

Tail of the Dragon History

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