TAIL OF THE DRAGON AT DEALS GAP, with 318 curves in 11 miles, is America’s number one motorcycle and sports car road. Also known as “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.

Plan Your Trip

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,

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Trucks Banned on Dragon in TN

It has taken 15 years, but Tennessee finally banned large trucks and other vehicles from the Dragon. CLICK HERE to read about this long battle.

In Search of Moonshine

View from Newfound Gap on US441

It was a cold January day when Nancy and I decided to take the day off and head to Gatlinburg, Tennessee in search of moonshine. Perfect time to drive through the Smoky Mountain National Park.  Winter visitors find less traffic and a clear, crisp day provides some fantastic views.

After seeing an elk wandering a residential home in Gatlinburg, We had hoped to spy an elk or two in the Great Smokies, but they were nowhere to be found. We had seen one of these magnificent animals a week before wandering around a residential yard along US19 in Maggie Valley.

We found three great moonshiner distilleries in Gatlinburg, our longtime favorite Ole Smoky Moonshine, and new kids on the block Sugarlands Distilling and Davy Crockett’s Tennessee Whiskey. All three distilleries were cooking and provided free samples. You can even purchase our local moonshiner’s secret blend of Moonshine from Jim Tom and Mark at Sugarlands.

It was a fun trip, one that we highly recommend any time of year.  CLICK HERE to read the details and see our photos.


Elk in Maggie Valley



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Featured Event:

dragon-love-smHow about a late winter getaway to the Dragon… Be nice to your sweetheart and enjoy the less crowded roadways.

Snowbird Mountain Lodge on the Cherohala Skyway in NC. Valentines Celebration – Snowbird Style… the weekend of February 13 and 14. Champagne, flowers, special meals all are included and if you want more, like a massage or maybe something else, then let us know because we can make all of the magic happen!!! Phone 800.941.9290 for reservations.

Tapoco Lodge near Robbinsville NC just minutes from the Dragon. Tapoco Lodge will be open for Valentine’s weekend. The lodge will open Friday, February 13th and remain open until Sunday, February 15th. Those who dine with us at Jasper’s on Valentine’s evening will receive complimentary champagne and a sweet treat from the chef during their 5-course meal. All are welcome to dine at Jasper’s whether or not they stay at the lodge. A made-to-order breakfast will be served each morning along with the option for a bagged lunch to go. Phone 828-498-2800 for reservations.

Fontana Village near Robbinsville NC just minutes from the Dragon. Book your Cabins & Lodge Rooms Now for the perfect 2015 Valentine’s Getaway in the Smokies! Prime Rib Sweetheart Dinner at Mountain View Restaurant on Saturday night. Weekend Lodging $99 Lodge Rooms, 25% off Cabin Rentals. Lodging rate is based on availability and a two night stay minimum stay. Phone 800-849-2258 for reservations.

Blue Waters Mountain Lodge 4 miles north of Robbinsville NC just of US129 on Lake Santeetlah. Sweetheart’s Special February 13th, 14th and 15th. Celebrate the most romantic weekend of the year with two nights lodging, two breakfasts and a romantic dinner for two at the Lodge, complimentary champagne, flowers and chocolates. Phone 888-828-3978 for reservations.



CLICK HERE ~ 2015 Event Calendar

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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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, is being repaved. The much needed improvements will make this a safer ride. Two Wheels of Suches is now open !! This is a must stop for riders on the Six Gap Georgia Loops. Stop in and see all the changes and stay a night or two.

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.

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