Paving Update

** US129 PAVING UPDATE 5/17/24** Final Layer Paving Started May 16. Paving crews are done for this week, but they paved from Tabcat bridge to guardrail today, so about 5 miles/day. Only doing one lane at a time though, so it’ll be a real wakeup call to any lane crossers in the interim. They should…


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…

Seasons Ending

What a great year at the Tail of the Dragon ….. so far. It’s not over yet though. Our Tail of the Dragon T-Shirt Shack remains open through Sunday November 26 and is offering some last minute discounts. Weather looks good for the next week.

Summers Coming

Wow, what a year so far. Just a lot of good stuff going on. Bring it and see what’s happening.


Memorial Day

A special day to remember those who gave their lives for our freedom. Please honor them and have a safe holiday.

March 6, 2023

Great opening weekend after severe weather on Friday knocked-out our power. The days continue to be warm for this time of year. You can get good weather updates here,-83.80

February 3, 2023

We will have a few nice days here in the coming weekend, then the rain returns. We are looking at opening the Tail of the Dragon T-shirt Shack in early March with decent weather. Accommodation reservations are starting to fill in so make your plans for this season early.

December 26, 2022

We hope that you all had a great Christmas and survived the “bomb cyclone”. Here at the Dragon we saw just a dusting, but the temperature hit 0 one night at the lower elevations and -10 or even lower on the Cherohala Skyway. It will be warming nicely from the 27th to end the year…

September 12, 2022

Nearly halfway through September already. This summer is passing fast. You still have plenty of time to plan a trip to the Tail and other area roads before winter sets in. High temps are still in the 80s and brisk mornings in the fifties are a treat. The next 10 days look like perfection. Pack…


July and many visitors have arrived at the Tail. We are now in the typical summer afternoon shower mode. Watch the weather and plan to take a break when the widely scattered rains move in for 30 minutes in the mid afternoon. When the weather stations call for 50% chance of rain, which is just…


May 2022

Moving into the middle of spring we see the weather beginning to change into the summer pattern of afternoon showers. We have learned that when the prediction for rain is less than 50% for the day, rain is unlikely, or spotty and short lived at worst. Also want to remind everyone that in North Carolina…

March 2022

The 2022 season is officially open at the Tail of the Dragon. The weather is perfection with temps in the 70s. Looks like a quick front might come through next weekend, but the temps will bounce back quickly. We are looking forward to seeing old friends return and making new friends in the coming months.…