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


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."

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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. 

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