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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 Complete History of US 129 from Chiefland, FL to Knoxville, TN
by Ron Johnson 2020

Paving Update 6/1/24

Well that went faster than expected! The road surface is smooth as 1000 grit sandpaper and as grippy as 60 grit. The crews did a fantastic job and the final layers are complete from TN/NC state line all the way down to the lakes at Tabcat bridge. We are looking forward to many years of safe enjoyment and great photos. Hope to see you out there! (updated provided by killboy.com)

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Just ran across this news item from the Washington (N.C.) Daily News dated Thursday July 6, 1939:

"There isn't a grander, more beautiful drive in North Carolina than that from Topton through Robbinsville, along the edge of Lake Santeetlah, across Deal's Gap and into Tennessee."

Tail of the Dragon Store

Tail of the Dragon offers custom signs in both street sign and shield format. You can add a photo too. What a great way to remember your trip to the Dragon. 

Tail of the Dragon Store

Find your swag for all the great roads including Cherohala Skwyay, Tail of the Dragon, Moonshiner 28, Devils Triangle, Six Gap, Diamondback and more. 

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TAIL OF THE DRAGON AT DEALS GAP, 318 curves in 11 miles, America's #1 motorcycle and sports car road. Plus other area twisties. www.TailoftheDragon.com www.Cherohala.com www.devilstriangletn.com www.moonshiner28.com

Heading to Townsend? Time to explore Highland Manor Inn. This peaceful location in Townsend is near all the Great Smoky Mountain attractions. Just a couple miles from the entrance to Smoky Mountains National Park, and 30 minutes to the Dragon via the scenic Foothills Parkway. Reasonable rates, great views, Continental breakfast, refrigerator, and deluxe rooms. Park at your door, Relax by the Fire Pit.

Group Facilities: 49 rooms with outdoor gathering area. On site conference center for your group gathering or meeting.

Learn more/ book now here: www.highlandmanor.com/
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Heading to Townsend? Time to explore Highland Manor Inn. This peaceful location in Townsend is near all the Great Smoky Mountain attractions. Just a couple miles from the entrance to Smoky Mountains National Park, and 30 minutes to the Dragon via the scenic Foothills Parkway. Reasonable rates, great views, Continental breakfast, refrigerator, and deluxe rooms. Park at your door, Relax by the Fire Pit.

Group Facilities: 49 rooms with outdoor gathering area.  On site conference center for your group gathering or meeting.

Learn more/ book now here: https://www.highlandmanor.com/Image attachmentImage attachment+7Image attachment

Located just off Moonshiner 28 (NC28) 15 minutes from the Tail of the Dragon, and one mile from Fontana Lake Hog Hollow is a great spot for your next mountain escape!

The Farmhouse is an authentic 1920s totally remodeled 2 story farmhouse with 5 bedrooms (4 queens and 2 twins). Outside has a charming front porch, deck and patio with a charcoal grill. Large porch for entertainment and paved parking.
Surrounded by acres of undeveloped land with a creek running through the property to explore.

Walnut Gap is a 3 bedroom 2 bath, large log cabin. Three queen beds, sleeps 6.
Paved access and paved and covered parking. Situated on five acres surrounded by 100+ acres of privately owned, undeveloped land.

Learn more / book now here: www.hoghollowcabinretreat.com/
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Located just off Moonshiner 28 (NC28) 15 minutes from the Tail of the Dragon, and one mile from Fontana Lake Hog Hollow is a great spot for your next mountain escape! 

The Farmhouse is an authentic 1920s totally remodeled 2 story farmhouse with 5 bedrooms (4 queens and 2 twins). Outside has a charming front porch, deck and patio with a charcoal grill. Large porch for entertainment and paved parking.  
Surrounded by acres of undeveloped land with a creek running through the property to explore.

Walnut Gap is a 3 bedroom 2 bath, large log cabin. Three queen beds, sleeps 6. 
Paved access and paved and covered parking. Situated on five acres surrounded by 100+ acres of privately owned, undeveloped land.

Learn more / book now here: https://www.hoghollowcabinretreat.com/Image attachmentImage attachment+Image attachment

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Great place we been stay at their rentals for almost 10 years! Absolutely amazing every time!!

Thanks to Darryl “Killboy” for all the great photos. He was out in the meadow in the heavy dew flying his drone! He did a great job! Thank you

Who runs this page? I’ve reached out a bunch of times to see about making a similar post without breaking the community rules and have been ghosted. Tail of the Dragon

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Take a step back in time at Lone Duck Cottage! This remodeled farmhouse is a treasure and the perfect spot for your Tail of the Dragon getaway with friends.

The Details: Two bedroom farmhouse with 4 beds and 2 baths, built the 1940's and remodeled in 2014. Fully paved driveway off of a 2 lane country road with covered parking and paved walkway to the porch. Located just off Moonshiner Hwy 28, only 30 minutes to the Tail of the Dragon. Perfect for low profile sports cars and motorcycles (no gravel roads to deal with).

You will feel like you have stepped back in time in this remodeled farmhouse. It is a cozy little spot with all the luxuries of home such as satellite TV & fast internet. The living room has nice leather seating with recliners on each side of the sofa. Kitchen is fully equipped with all the necessities including gas grill in the covered carport. Extra linens, blankets and quilts for beds, throw blankets, towels and wash clothes are provided. There is central heat and air in the downstairs and an electric fireplace in the living room. A split unit upstairs provides heating and air conditioning. Ceiling fans are located in both bedrooms as well. Large tv in upstairs bedroom with dish network. From the porch you can view the nearby creek, majestic mountains and owners garden spot. Feel free to walk down and put your feet in the cool mountain water or gather some fresh veggies from the garden. Fire pit is located in the side yard of the house with seating for 6 (we provide firewood and starters so you don’t have to go out looking to buy your wood). Picnic table near the gas grill for some outdoor dining with amazing views.

website: www.airbnb.com/rooms/19701816

email: [email protected]

cell phone: 828-735-1788
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Take a step back in time at Lone Duck Cottage! This remodeled farmhouse is a treasure and the perfect spot for your Tail of the Dragon getaway with friends.  

The Details: Two bedroom farmhouse with 4 beds and 2 baths, built the 1940s and remodeled in 2014. Fully paved driveway off of a 2 lane country road with covered parking and paved walkway to the porch. Located just off Moonshiner Hwy 28, only 30 minutes to the Tail of the Dragon. Perfect for low profile sports cars and motorcycles (no gravel roads to deal with). 

You will feel like you have stepped back in time in this remodeled farmhouse. It is a cozy little spot with all the luxuries of home such as satellite TV & fast internet. The living room has nice leather seating with recliners on each side of the sofa. Kitchen is fully equipped with all the necessities including gas grill in the covered carport. Extra linens, blankets and quilts for beds, throw blankets, towels and wash clothes are provided. There is central heat and air in the downstairs and an electric fireplace in the living room. A split unit upstairs provides heating and air conditioning. Ceiling fans are located in both bedrooms as well. Large tv in upstairs bedroom with dish network. From the porch you can view the nearby creek, majestic mountains and owners garden spot. Feel free to walk down and put your feet in the cool mountain water or gather some fresh veggies from the garden. Fire pit is located in the side yard of the house with seating for 6 (we provide firewood and starters so you don’t have to go out looking to buy your wood). Picnic table near the gas grill for some outdoor dining with amazing views.

website: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/19701816

email: loneduckcottagerental@gmail.com

cell phone: 828-735-1788Image attachmentImage attachment+Image attachment

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Stayed here 3 years ago great place off the beaten path driveway wasn't paved then plan on staying here again.

It is an excellent resting place. It can put people in a very good mood.

Ready to get away from it all but still wanting to ride the best roads in the USA? Time to check out the Yellow Creek Mountain Retreat!

All the details:
Three bedroom, 2 bath home on Yellow Creek. Two king beds, twin bunk beds, and extra bed in family room. Conveniently located, just minutes from Tail of the Dragon and Moonshiner 28. Easy and level access off Yellow Creek Road. Open decks overlook Yellow Creek and a private covered deck in the back. Covered carport for parking.

Link: www.airbnb.com/rooms/945852328264958752
Telephone 828-735-3818
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Ready to get away from it all but still wanting to ride the best roads in the USA? Time to check out the Yellow Creek Mountain Retreat! 

All the details:
Three bedroom, 2 bath home on Yellow Creek. Two king beds, twin bunk beds, and extra bed in family room. Conveniently located, just minutes from Tail of the Dragon and Moonshiner 28. Easy and level access off Yellow Creek Road. Open decks overlook Yellow Creek and a private covered deck in the back. Covered carport for parking.

Link: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/945852328264958752
Telephone 828-735-3818Image attachmentImage attachment+8Image attachment

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Be sure and go to Susan’s Lavender farm on yellow creek road and tell her the other Susan recommended it ! Love her Lavender Honey .

Looks like a great setting. Must be great to take a break in the middle of a motorcycle ride.

Alrighty, it's been a minute since we've done this. We're updating our calendar so send along your events or drop them in the comments below. And while you're there, tell us what you're riding / driving and where you're coming in from for the 2024 season!-= Slippery Snake =-⁠

This is one shot from the full album of Daily Highlights. Members can view the full album of highlights from this day right now at Klub129.com
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Alrighty, its been a minute since weve done this. Were updating our calendar so send along your events or drop them in the comments below. And while youre there, tell us what youre riding / driving and where youre coming in from for the 2024 season!

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I'll be driving my 2018 Hurst 300H the second week of September. From Florida to Chicago.

MR2s at the Tail of the Dragon MR2s on the Dragon 2025 MR2s on the Dragon Community I’m sure you can guess what the group will be driving 😎🤣

Love This!!

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