April 2018

Well, we were wishing for an early spring and now we are wishing for an early summer. The weather has been teasing us with several perfect days with temps in the 60s and then another cold wave with snow showers. Forecasts seem to look for the same in the coming few weeks. Anyway, pick your…


March 2018

NC28 is open !! Crews from our local Graham County Land Company worked 24 hours per day since Dec. 22  to open a lane of traffic between Fontana Dam and N.C. 143. In other news, our Tshirt Shack is now open for the season.  We will be open on favorable weather days during the month…

Moonshiner28 Rock Slide as of Jan 15, 2018

December 2017

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…


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…


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…


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.…

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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…


August 11, 2017

August 11, 2017 – Great weekend with the Miatas and a surprise visit by 140+ sand rail buggies. Also met a group from Barcelona whooping it up. Once again we get calls every day asking about the supposed rain-out that the weather pages keep posting. ONE MORE TIME …. when you see a 60 or…


August 1, 2017

August 1, 2017: This week is Miatas at the Gap version XXI. Should be a busy time on all of the area roads. Please drive carefully. The next big event will be OutSmarting the Dragon August 17. We will have our Tail of the Dragon/Cherohala Eclipse T-shirts by Friday August 4. 

July 8, 2017

July 8, 2017 – a busy 4th with the usual afternoon showers. For all those inquiring about the weather be advised that 90% rain forecasts simply means it will likely rain at some time during the day. This usually means in the heat of the afternoon. Rain is normally short lived and spotty. Take shelter…