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Posts by nancy@ridedealsgap.com

December 2018

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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.

November 29, 2018

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.

November 11, 2018

A big thank you to all our veterans who proudly served our country. You are the best.

Tail of the Dragon

October 31, 2018

HAPPY HALLOWEEN !!!!

The new section of the Foothills Parkway is scheduled to open on Saturday November 10, 2018. This new 16 mile addition creates a 33 mile scenic roadway from US 129 to Wears Valley near Pigeon Forge. Under construction since 1966 this roadway will have only two access points, one on US 321 west of Townsend at the northern end of the existing Foothills Parkway, and the other on US 321 in Wears Valley. Be advised that the Foothills Parkway will likely close during inclement weather.
Our Tail of the Dragon T-Shirt Shack plans to stay open through Sunday November 11 and possibly through Sunday November 18 weather permitting. We will reopen in March 2019. In the meantime you can order our merchandise on our on-line store.

October 9, 2018

This past week saw the first two deaths on the Dragon for 2018.

On Friday afternoon October 5th a 44 year-old Georgia man south bound went off the road at mile marker 5.5  and was pronounced dead at the scene. News media indicates that the death was a “medical emergency” and was not caused by the accident itself.

On Monday afternoon October  8th a 70 year old Tennessee man north bound crossed the center line at mile marker 7 and hit two oncoming cars. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Please use extreme caution when driving or riding on the Tail. We hate posting such news.

September 17, 2018

September 17, 2018 The Tail of the Dragon and all other area roads are in great condition as Hurricane Florence only left a little rain in our area. All of the worst weather was in eastern North Carolina. Some of the area roads were closed as a temporary precaution, but all are now open.

The weather will be changing over the next few weeks with temperatures moderating. It looks to be an early fall color event with peaks from mid-October to the end of the month.

August 4, 2018


After a few rainy days, the sun reappeared for Miatas at the Gap and the Eastcoast Sand Rails Rallies. Quite a crowd at the Tail on Saturday morning as both rallies attracted a large group. The parking lot was full most of the morning. A bonus was the white water release on the Cheoah for all to see. Be sure to let us know when your group, big or small, is headed this way so we can have some custom signs and free stickers on hand.

July 4, 2014

Hope you all have a great 4th of July in celebrating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Be safe and enjoy. 

Area Road Conditions

The road conditions in far western North Carolina are good. There is some trash from downed trees that have been cleared, but there are no road closures that we know of. Most of the heavy rains and flooding has occurred in the Asheville, Tryon, Bat Cave area 100 miles east of us.  Most of the area dams are flowing strong which makes it quite scenic. Cheoah Dam in photo above Saturday June 2, 2018.

This week is the HOG Rally with many Harley Owners challenging the roads. Also a Viper Rally and many Slingshots around.

Come Join the fun.