Slay the Dragon

Driving and riding enthusiasts from across the United States come to Tennessee to slay the Dragon, an 11-mile section of mountain road with 318 curves and elevation changes from 1962 feet above sea level to 877 feet above sea level.

Also known as the “Tail of the Dragon” this stretch of blacktop is on TN Hwy 129, near Deals Gap at the Tennessee/North Carolina state line. The Dragon is considered America’s number one motorcycle and sports car road. In addition to its notoriety with driving and riding enthusiasts, the Dragon was the location for scenes in movies such as “Thunder Road,” “Two-Lane Blacktop,” and “The Fugitive.”

The nearby Cherohala Skyway, TN Hwy 165, is becoming another favorite ride with 60 miles of scenic mountain highway that leads to the Blue Ridge Parkway. On your way to the Dragon, be sure to stop at Greene’s Classic Cars in Lenoir City. Greene’s is known for its selection of classic street rods and muscle cars.

For more great trails, contact us for the latest East Tennessee Motorcycle Trails brochure.

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