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

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…

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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.…

February 16, 2022

The 2022 season is rapidly approaching, and it looks to be a big year for the Tail of the Dragon and all of the other roads in the area. The weather is already moderating, and a number of cars and bikes have been taking advantage of it. All the roads are in good shape. We…

Season Winding Down

As 2021 comes to an end we see the weather changing with colder nights, but the days temps look to be moderate in the 70s. There is still plenty of time to get out and enjoy the area roads before winter sets in. We do have some colder weather gear at the Tail of the…

Summer Weather Pattern

Next week the forecast is for rain nearly every day. This is a typical summer weather pattern which brings widely scattered rain to the area in the afternoons. Notice the forecast is usually less than 50% which means many areas will not get the short lived thunderstorms. Plan on touring in the morning with a…

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Memorial Day 2021

  Remembering those who gave so much………Thanks to the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) for this portrait of the Riderless Horse.

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April 4, 2021

We are open for the 2021 year at the Tail of the Dragon T-shirt Shack. Plan to stop in and get a photo in front of Calestar, our huge metal dragon. The weather is moderating with decent riding temps. We are falling into the summer weather pattern when the online weather services predict rain on…

February 7, 2021

The weather forecasters missed again. Saturday night the area got several inches of snow.  It’s pretty, but makes travel on local roads dangerous. It should be gone in a day or two with temps moving up into the 50s.

February 4, 2021

Looks like a good chance to get your winter fix in at the Dragon this coming weekend. High temps in the 50s with sunshine for Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Don’t miss this warm break before the snows return. The Tail of the Dragon T-shirt Shack is planning to reopen in early March, but as usual…

January 11, 2021

The weather has shifted back into winter for the western North Carolina mountains. If you are looking for snow you can probably find it in any of the higher elevations. You might find decent road conditions in the lower elevations, but it is hit or miss under the current weather patterns. Be warned that freezing…