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.
The weather at the Tail of the Dragon has been cold, but has not dramatically affected the road itself. Be aware that the Dragon US129 stays open year round no matter what the weather is, but it can be dangerous if an ice or snow storm hits the area. Other area roads can be closed during severe weather. These include the Cherohala Skyway, US 441 Gatlinburg to Cherokee, the Foothills Parkway, and the Blue Ridge Parkway. A section of the BRP is closed now north of Asheville.
Most area businesses and accommodations close for the winter. Check before heading this was.
Tail of the Dragon Store
Lots of good Holiday action at the Tail of the Dragon store. We have FREE SHIPPING on all orders and weekly specials. Head over to Store for details.
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Upcoming 2018 Events
From official rallies with hundreds of attendees to a small gathering of friends, our region is ready to host your group. Let us help you plan your event.
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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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