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…

Happy New Year

January 2, 2021 The weather has moderated and today temps are expected into the upper 60s! The next 4-5 days looks good too with highs near 50 and clear skies. Possible snow showers Friday night then temps on Saturday and Sunday back up near 50. Lots of traffic today taking advantage of the good weather.

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Christmas Eve

December 24, 2020 Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas for 2020. For once we will echo the edicts to “stay home”. At least tonight in the area of the Tail of the Dragon. It is snowing as of 4 pm and the temps are dropping drastically. With the earlier rain this means slick roads are acoming.…