Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap with 318 curves in 11 miles: 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, Foothills Parkway, Smoky Mountain Loop, Devils Triangle, Blue Ridge Parkway, The Gambler NC209, Diamondback 226, Devil's Staircase, Six Gap North Georgia, The Snake US421 and many Great Forest Service Dual Sport and Jeep Roads.
Well, we were wishing for an early spring and now we are wishing for an early summer. The weather has been teasing us with several perfect days with temps in the 60s and then another cold wave with snow showers. Forecasts seem to look for the same in the coming few weeks.
Anyway, pick your days for riding. Cars can make the best of the low temperatures and the snow flurries don’t stick or last long on the Tail. But be leery of the higher elevations above 4000 feet such as the Cherohala Skyway and US 441 Gatlinburg to Cherokee. Snow can linger on those roadways.
All the area restaurants and accommodations are now open for the season. The trees and wild flowers are blooming and it is still a great time here in the Smokies.
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There are a wide variety of accommodations in our area. These range from basic tent camping to exclusive mountain top resorts.
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