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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

Winter Comes

We have closed our T-shirt Shack for the 2023 season, but you can still get Tail of the Dragon gear in our on-line store. Check-out our Big Holiday Discounts.

The Tail of the Dragon Highway (US129) remains open through the winter months, but check the weather before heading this way. There are still good riding/driving days even in the winter months.

Our T-shirt Shack will reopen in early March weather permitting.

There are plans to repave the Tail of the Dragon this summer. Specific details will not be availble until after the contract is let in March. The disruption to traffic has been minimal in past repavings. Only short sections of the road will be one lane as the work progresses. We will be posing more when TDOT updates their plans after March.

The most recent paving took place in June 2002. It was during the week of Honda Hoot in Knoxville and caused very little if any problems at the Tail. 

1940s Bridal Veil Falls on Moonshiner 28. Note car is driving under the falls. This was before they rerouted the pavement. These were the days when they never shut down a highway because of winter conditions.

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

1 day ago
Tail of the Dragon

It's officially opening weekend atTail of the Dragonragon! Come on out and see us at the Tail of the Dragon Tshirt shack. Get your picture from the incredKillboy.comy.com, grab some official 2024 merch, and shake off that cabin fever. Welcome back Dragon Slayers! ... See MoreSee Less

Its officially opening weekend at the Tail of the Dragon! Come on out and see us at the Tail of the Dragon Tshirt shack. Get your picture from the incredible Killboy.com, grab some official 2024 merch, and shake off that cabin fever. Welcome back Dragon Slayers!

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I got some old skool shirts from here

Rootn,Tootn,Ready.

Coming soon! Lisa Perez

I can't wait to come ride it and try to tame the dragon

🥰

One day we’ll be back! Loved this ride!

Yeah baby!!

We were there 2 years ago! Going back to the Black Hills this June!

I'll be there the second week of April

Chad Kacyon

🙂 .

Lazaro Avila

Getting it on my 1st gen Busa 😉

Frank Bove'

Simply the best.. I have 8 sets of Killboy pics and his autograph on a Car & Driver. pics go back to 2006.

Been there several times and ready to go back

Nick Chiavuzzi you should be there!

Hopefully I will get there this year

Mack Boyer

My first ride (his 5th) was last Oct, we got engaged the next day 🥰 10.7.23 ready to go again!!

One day‼️

Daniel Francis!! Let’s GO!

Emilee Green!!

Michael Deal Crystal May Chad May we’ll have to stop here on our visit. 👍

Bruce Stone

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6 days ago
Tail of the Dragon

The moment you have been waiting for! 2024 Season Opening Day is Friday, March 1st. Looking forward to welcoming yall back to a year at the Tail of the Dragon!!!

We will be open daily from 10 am - 5 pm (as long as the weather holds out)
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The moment you have been waiting for! 2024 Season Opening Day is Friday, March 1st. Looking forward to welcoming yall back to a year at the Tail of the Dragon!!!

We will be open daily from 10 am - 5 pm (as long as the weather holds out)

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Whoa buddy 🤪

Star Pettus

Melissa Clubine

John Rampley

Nick Weddle

I went here around 2014/ 2015 and I’m ready to go back now! We went up and then down. So much fun!

Had so much fun doing this!

Great and fun ride

Great ride

Did it and was a great part of our ride that year

Got to ride it with my brother several years ago. Great ride.

Rode it 2014 fun ride. I live in WV and we have some really good riding here too, check it out you’ll like it.

Amor George Alcocer

I love the tail of the dragon. So much fun! Beautiful countryside!

Perfect 💥

Great ride. We will do it again.

See you in October!

Can't wait for my yearly dragon fix.

Been there done it and Loved it

Had such a blast when I went!

Great ride 👍

Andy Rios

We've been there! Its a great ride!

I've done it.. Beautiful ride

Road this couple times...Great ride

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7 days ago
Tail of the Dragon

Where to Explore in 2024? We got you! Next stop: The Six Gaps of North Georgia!

The entire figure 8 including the short 3 mile US 129 connector is 77 miles long. The southern loop is 35 miles and the northern loop is 38 miles. Each of the six segments includes crossing through a mountain “gap” or low pass, hence the name Six Gap. Four of these gaps are at points where the Appalachian Trail, stretching from Georgia to Maine, crosses the roadway. So you can understand how the mountain terrain makes for some good riding.

Stonepile Gap, at the intersection of US 19 and GA 60, is supposedly the resting place of Trahlyta of Cherokee legend. The historical marker at Stonepile reads, “custom arose among the Indians and later the whites to drop stones, one for each passerby, on her grave for good fortune.” Today there is a pile of stones some six feet high.

Learn more / grab the map here: sixgap.com/
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Where to Explore in 2024? We got you! Next stop: The Six Gaps of North Georgia! 

The entire figure 8 including the short 3 mile US 129 connector is 77 miles long. The southern loop is 35 miles and the northern loop is 38 miles. Each of the six segments includes crossing through a mountain “gap” or low pass, hence the name Six Gap. Four of these gaps are at points where the Appalachian Trail, stretching from Georgia to Maine, crosses the roadway. So you can understand how the mountain terrain makes for some good riding.

Stonepile Gap, at the intersection of US 19 and GA 60, is supposedly the resting place of Trahlyta of Cherokee legend. The historical marker at Stonepile reads, “custom arose among the Indians and later the whites to drop stones, one for each passerby, on her grave for good fortune.” Today there is a pile of stones some six feet high.

Learn more / grab the map here: https://sixgap.com/

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Emylee Beougher

Brian James

David David L Conrad

Some of the road we will be riding while in North Carolina. Lisa Perez

Dirt or paved?

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1 week ago
Tail of the Dragon

Next up on our "Where to Stay in 2024" we have Thunder Mountain Vacation Rentals!
🐉 Rentals include 2 bedroom 1 bath, 3 bedrooms 2 bath; or rent the entire facility for your group.
🐉 Rentals include a full kitchen, living room, dining room, outside picnic area, and two motorcycle garages.
🐉 Wifi, A/C, lots of outdoor space. Parking available for trucks and trailers.
🐉 All the conveniences of home including Wifi, TV, washer and dryer.
🐉 Conveniently located on NC143, west of Robbinsville, just a few miles before the Cherohala Skyway and 20 miles to the Tail of the Dragon.

🐉Website Address: www.thundermountainvacationrentals.com/
To book, call Mark at 941-204-9415
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Next up on our Where to Stay in 2024 we have Thunder Mountain Vacation Rentals! 
🐉 Rentals include 2 bedroom 1 bath, 3 bedrooms 2 bath; or rent the entire facility for your group.
🐉 Rentals include a full kitchen, living room, dining room, outside picnic area, and two motorcycle garages.
🐉 Wifi, A/C, lots of outdoor space. Parking available for trucks and trailers.
🐉 All the conveniences of home including Wifi, TV, washer and dryer.
🐉 Conveniently located on NC143, west of Robbinsville, just a few miles before the Cherohala Skyway and 20 miles to the Tail of the Dragon.

🐉Website Address: https://www.thundermountainvacationrentals.com/
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1 week ago
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Serene and pristine, Sweetwater Cabin is a one-of-a-kind, secluded, log-sided, two-bedroom, creek-front cabin that offers pastoral views of the Blue Ridge Mountains in a park-like setting that invigorates the senses. Easy access makes this gorgeous property an ideal getaway for car and motorcycle enthusiasts to cruise the nearby scenic highways including Cherohala Skyway, Tail of the Dragon, Hellbender 28, and countless others. A circle drive and one-car carport allow for multiple vehicles, cycles, or trailers. During your stay, explore nearby waterfalls, lakes, and hiking trails. Take in the cool mountain air as you walk along the rustling creek. Cross the quaint bridge and play horseshoes with family and friends. Go fly fishing just steps behind the cabin or gather around the fire pit, listen to the flowing waters, and watch the mountains change colors at sunset.

Sweetwater Cabin sleeps 5 (two queen beds and a couch/rollaway bed). Features include fully stocked kitchen, Starlink Wi-Fi, Smart TV, washer and dryer, and covered porch with grill and outdoor dining. Discover the beauty of the Smokies in a timeless property just minutes from Robbinsville, NC and convenient to grocery stores, gas stations, and restaurants. The mountains are calling, and you must go to Sweetwater Cabin. The 2024 calendar is filling up fast, so book your stay now!

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