The Legendary “Tail of the Dragon”

The “Tail of the Dragon” is a famous stretch of U.S. Route 129 at the Tennessee-North Carolina state line, renowned for its challenging and scenic driving conditions. Here are some fun facts about it:

The Tail of the Dragon boasts 318 curves in just 11 miles (18 km), making it a favorite for motorcyclists and sports car enthusiasts seeking an adrenaline rush.

The route runs through the Great Smoky Mountains and the Cherokee National Forest, offering stunning views of the natural surroundings.

This stretch of road has no intersecting roads or driveways, which contributes to its popularity as a continuous and uninterrupted driving experience.

The Tail of the Dragon is also known as Deal’s Gap, named after a nearby mountain pass.

It is particularly popular with motorcyclists, with several motorcycle-specific events held annually, drawing riders from all over the country.

Its dramatic twists and turns have made it a location for filming car and motorcycle scenes in movies and commercials.

Despite its allure, the Tail of the Dragon is also known for its hazards. Drivers and riders are advised to be cautious, as the road can be dangerous, particularly for those unfamiliar with its layout.

Due to its popularity and the potential for reckless driving, law enforcement patrols the area regularly to ensure safety and enforce traffic laws.

At Deal’s Gap Motorcycle Resort, there’s a “Tree of Shame” adorned with parts from vehicles that have crashed on the Tail of the Dragon, serving as a sobering reminder of the road’s dangers.

The Tail of the Dragon has a strong following among driving and riding enthusiasts, who often wear T-shirts and stickers proclaiming their conquest of this legendary road. See all the photos inside….

The Tree of Shame


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