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December 2017

Moonshiner28 Rock Slide as of Jan 15, 2018

The recent rock slide on NC 28 has caused some detour problems for Fontana Village during the holidays. It will likely be several weeks before the area is cleared for traffic due to the instability of the entire slope. Visitors can still access the Tail of the Dragon via US 129 either direction. 

The coming week looks like sub-freezing weather for the area. At least there are no winter storms predicted at this point. Stay tuned to the weather as this can change at any time here in the mountains. 

Hope you all had a Merry Christmas. Wishing you a safe and prosperous New Year. - The Tail of the Dragon Gang

End of Season

Looking for a place for a late fall/winter escape from the crowds? Plan a trip to the mountains.

There are plenty of options to enjoy even in the winter months. Bring some warmer clothes and experience a unique vacation away from all the city traffic. Rental rates are much lower than summer rates. Our roads remain safe and passable for standard vehicles most days in the winter months. But stay alert for any severe weather that might change conditions. 

Holiday Store

From now until January, will ship twice weekly via US Postal Service (US customers only).
up to $9.99 add $2.50 shipping
$10 – $49 add $5 shipping
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Winter 2017

The winter season is giving us a preview this coming weekend December 9/10 with snow predicted. Our Tail of the Dragon Store is closed for the winter months and will reopen in March. The area highways remain open for the entire winter, but conditions can be difficult at times, especially on the Cherohala Skyway with elevations above 5000 feet.

The Tail of the Dragon Online Store remains open year round. Easy shopping for the holidays.

Enjoy some of Killboy’s best shots from 2017 at the bottom of the page. Remember, your photos from years past are still online for you to purchase. Just search by date at Killboy.com.

Veterans Day

Lowell Marten, Nancy’s father and Bright Johnson, Ron’s father 1944.
A big thank you to all of the veterans who have served the United States.

October 30, 2017

October 30, 2017 Snow showers all day Sunday with high temps in the 30s. The snow didn’t stick in most places and our store was quite busy with cages all afternoon. The girls have been having some end of season fun dressing-up in various costumes. Weather looks okay for the coming week with no snow expected. Get that last run of the season in before the weather turns. SEE PHOTOS BELOW FOR COSTUMES

September 2, 2017

Saturday September 2, 2017 – Misty rain didn’t keep riders from the Tail today. Good crowd enjoying 200 free hot dogs served by Leighann next to the Big Metal Dragon. Big Labor Day events planned and the weather looks much better on Sunday and Monday.


August 21, 2017

August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse (Syzygy) at the Tail of the Dragon and Cherohala brought in larger crowds than we expected. Tents were set-up in any wide space on the back roads. The weather was near perfection with a few scattered clouds that parted nicely for the 2 minutes and 30 seconds of totality. The show was even more spectacular than we thought it would be. During totality it was dark as night with an eerie calm. We’ll be posting various photos of the event in the next few days.


The crowd at Santeetlah, the highest point on the Cherohala Skyway. All of the higher elevations were just as packed.


Total Eclipse

Total Eclipse 2017.  On Monday, August 21, our region will witness the most accessible total eclipse in decades. The best place to see it is in the Path of Totality shown as the dark area in the regional map. We are lucky to have the Path of Totality pass over our region, including the Tail of the Dragon and the Cherohala Skyway. The width of totality is 71.5 miles across North Carolina and the speed of totality is 1452 mph.

What to expect:
Totality is at approximately 2:35pm for our region (depending on your exact location). The total eclipse will last 2 minutes 30 seconds, plus or minus depending on your location under the path. The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose “eclipse glasses”.

It is mid-afternoon when the shadow passes though our region. This time of year, we generally have afternoon clouds. But there are many afternoons with clear skies. Even with afternoon clouds, the eclipse shadow brings a cooling that should have a dramatic effect in dissipating the cloudiness, provided the clouds are not producing rain. Even on a cloudy day, you will witness the darkness of the full eclipse.

Plan a trip:
If you haven’t already made accommodation reservations, you will not find availability in the region. Plan on a day trip, allowing extra time for traffic delays. See list below for regional activities.

See a total eclipse – video:

Eclipse Information:

Regional Activities:
Tellico Plains TN
Robbinsville NC (with van shuttles to viewing locations on the Cherohala Skyway)
Bryson City NC
Andrews NC
Tapoco Lodge
Fontana Village Resort NC
Stecoah Valley Center NC
The Hub – Robbinsville NC

Eclipse Souvenirs:

Don’t miss out on this eclipse, it will be 52 years before our region witnesses another total eclipse.