February 20, 2017: This past week-end saw a large number of cars and motorcycles at the Tail. Rather early to see this many people enjoying the road, but the weather has been warm. We are looking forward to opening for the 2017 season on Friday March 3. Check us out. We have many exciting new products and will be introducing them throughout March.February 2, 2017-February 2, 2017
February 2, 2017: Today the LeMons Rally came through the Tail of the Dragon on their Day Three Dragons & Waffles Event. Some 60 vehicles traveling from Asheville NC to Memphis TN and seeing how many Waffle Houses they can find on the way. The more waffles they eat the more points they earn. Vehicles include road racers, amphibious truck, a Viet Nam attack helicopter, a Lincoln stretch and an English Reliant Regal. Photos to come we are sure.August 1, 2015-November 2016
The 2017 Events Calendar has been posted. Send us information on your event big or small.
Another year comes to a close at the Tail of the Dragon Tshirt Shack. We will reopen March 2017. Thanks to everyone for making 2016 such a great year at the Tail. We will continue to post updates throughout the winter months, along with some photo highlights from the past years.June 22, 2015-June 22, 2015
Late Saturday afternoon a sportbike rider lost his life near mile marker 1 on the Dragon. The Knoxville man was a regular at the Gap. A second bike was involved and the rider was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.June 17, 2015-June 17 2015
Busy week and weekend at the Tail. An 18 wheeler came in northbound and Killboy was able to get in front to warn oncoming traffic. One rider didn’t heed the warning and ended-up under the rear wheels of the big rig. The rider suffered serious injuries to one arm. This truck driver will likely lose his license after THP get finished writing the tickets. TRUCKERS NEED TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE WARNING SIGNSJune 7, 2015-Summer Weather Forecasts
Tail of the Dragon, Cherohala Skyway, and Moonshiner 28 Weather: It is typical throughout the summer months for the weather reports in the mountains of western North Carolina to call for 60% chance of thunderstorms. What this really means is there will POSSIBLY be an afternoon shower. These scattered cells are small and short lived. They occur in the period of 2 pm to 4 pm and then the sun returns quickly drying the roads. There is no need to cancel your trip here because the weather says 60% chance of thunderstorms. Many days we don’t even see any rain when its predicted.April 20, 2015-Custom Signs
Big ZDAYZ turnout this past weekend with some 1,100 cars. A nice day on Saturday, but minor rain typical of summer days. The rain is usually spotty and short lived. Our custom signs and free stickers were a big hit. If you’ve got a rally or a group coming to the Dragon, give us a heads up and we’ll have custom signs and free stickers. Send us your logo, and with your permission, we will print your logo on the custom street signs.
You can also order the custom signs or create your own on our secure on-line store, visit TailoftheDragonStore.com.
Here is a sample of our custom signs – just like the real street sign – 040″ thick, 6″ x 24″ sturdy green aluminum with round corners.
April 16, 2015-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)
April 8, 2015-April 8, 2015
The Tail of the Dragon T-Shirt Shack has reopened for 2015. We are looking at another exciting year on the Dragon and other area roads that are gaining in popularity. Watch for new updates on road conditions. We will also be expanding our reports to include many of the Forest Service roads that extend into the remotest parts of the Appalachian mountains. These back roads offer an exciting alternative for jeeps and dual sport motorcycles.
Be sure to stop in at our Tail of the Dragon T-Shirt Shack and say hello. Killboy is often there and takes some great photos at our Big Metal Dragon. Looking forward to seeing a lot of new faces and many of our long time friends.February 19, 2015-Alien Abudctions & Road to Nowhere
This little six-mile gem has quite a history. One of those projects that was never finished. And then it becomes a great setting for aliens … the kind from space. Read more here.