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 OPEN MARCH TO NOVEMBER at the intersection of US 129 and NC 28. 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 Garmin VIRB rental cameras and sales (GoPro accessories too) at the T-Shirt Shack,

Latest Tail of the Dragon News

October 13, 2015

Talk about perfect weather for the fall color season. And the chill will be welcome this coming weekend as long as the sunshine holds. Get in your Fun Time before the winter moves in.

Tatham Gap Road from Robbinsville to Andrews, North Carolina has been reopened after three years of repair work. We call this nine mile long road the Gravel Dragon. From Robbinsville take Long Creek Road south from Snowbird Road (NC 1127) near the recycling center. From Andrews take Stewart Road (NC 1389) north of US 19/74/129 to Tatham Gap Road and turn right onto the gravel. The road is in good condition, but there are several corners on the Andrews side with minor washouts.

We tried to take Tuni Gap Road from from Nantahala Lake south to Hayesville but found it had been closed for two years after landslides blocked the roadway.


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Looking for a place for a late fall/winter escape from the crowds? Plan a trip to the mountains.

There are plenty of options to enjoy even in the winter months. Bring some warmer clothes and experience a unique vacation away from all the city traffic. Rental rates are much lower than summer rates.

Our roads remain safe and passable for standard vehicles most days in the winter months. But stay alert for any severe weather that might change conditions. See PLAN YOUR TRIP for links on current road conditions.

  • More information on planning your trip can be found HERE.
  • Off season availability, special rates, discounts, and events can be found HERE.
  • More information on things to to in the area can be found HERE.

2016 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.

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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 and clean for the most part.

THE GAMBLER/RATTLER – NC 209 UPDATE: Pavement is deteriorating in in the twisty section south of Hot Springs.

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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