Crossing Deals Gap at the Tennessee/North Carolina state line, the Dragon is considered by many as one of the world's best motorcycling and sports car roads. Anyone looking for an exciting highway will enjoy this stretch of US129.
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. 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 Tail of 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 road is desolate and can be a real adventure in the winter months. We've had to deal with bears, turkeys, deer, and wild boars in the road, trees down, ice/snow, and tractor-trailers taking-up both lanes in the curves. It is not a road for the squeamish, but if you're looking for a little excitement don't miss this one.
The nearby Cherohala Skyway, TN Hwy 165, is quickly becoming another driving favorite with 60 miles of scenic mountain highway. After driving the Tail of the Dragon, be sure to stop at Greene’s Classic Cars on Hwy 11 in Lenoir City. Greene’s is known for its selection of classic street rods and muscle cars.