Tail of the Dragon Brochure
EXPLORE ALL THE ROADS
Claw of the Dragon Five great loops in the moun- tains of southwest Vir- ginia which includes the Back of the Dragon. ClawoftheDragon.com
TailoftheDragonRentals.com At the Cherohala Skyway (NC). Secluded forest setting. 3 houses, 1 studio/garage. All in walking distance. Full kitchens, hot tubs, decks, WiFi, Sat TV/DVD, gas grill, fire pit. Garages/game rooms. Group rentals. NEW Moonshiner Stu- dio for up to four guests. TailoftheDragonRentals.com 828 - 479 - 8400
TailoftheDragon.com - The complete website for the number one motorcycle/sports car road in the country. Moonshiner28.com - 105 miles of fun and sightseeing with waterfalls, mountain views and shopping. Former- ly known as the Hellbender . Cherohala.com - The mile - high scenic ride from Rob- binsville North Carolina to Tellico Plains Tennessee. FoothillsParkwayTN.com - 33 mile scenic drive con- necting Tail of the Dragon and Smoky Mountain Loop. SixGap.com - A great 73 mile long figure eight loop in north Georgia with mountain scenery. Part of the 133 mile long Gauntlet Run . SmokyMountainLoop.com - Visit the most popular Na- tional Park on US441. Watch for elk in Cherokee. DevilsTriangleTN.com - Think you ’ ve seen a switch - back? Ride the Triangle and then you ’ ll know what a real one is. Not for the squeamish or novice rider. GamblerNC.com - NC209 to Hot Springs NC. Also known as the Rattler . Luck, Trust and Bluff your way along some great twisties near Waynesville NC. Diamondback226.com - Loop at Little Switzerland on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Stay at the Switzerland Inn or Diamondback Lodge. TheDevilsWhip NC80— On Diamondback Loop . Great connector to the Blue Ridge Parkway BlueRidgeParkway.org - 469 scenic miles from Chero- kee NC to the Shenandoah National Park in VA. TheSnake421.com - US421 known as the Striped Snake at Shady Valley TN. RattleSnake192.com —KY192 Somerset, KY Daniel Boone National Forest. ClawoftheDragon.com - Five great loops in the moun- tains of southwest Virginia which includes Back of the Dragon. WarriorRoad.com - Also known as Wayah Rd , SR1310, from US19/74 to Franklin. 27 miles of fun and scenery. GraveyardLoop.com - NC276 and NC215 Includes the BRP and connects US19 and US64 with scenery and twisties for 30 miles. AKA Cold Mountain Loop. Devils Drop - NC151 is one of the BRPs access roads near Asheville offering pure excitement with a drop from 4,260 feet to 2,600 in the first 4 miles. Road to Nowhere – Road from Bryson City NC to No- where. A scenic 6 miles dead - end at the Smoky Moun- tain tunnel featured in the movie Alien Abduction .
Looking for dual sport or jeep adventures? There are hundreds of miles of Forest Service gravel roads to explore including the Gravel Dragon (Tatham Gap), Little Snow- bird/Beaver Creek Road, North River Road, Citico Creek Road, Waucheesi Bald, the Old Wagon Train Road (Santeetlah Creek), Bent Creek, Yellow Gap Road, Parsons Branch, Great Smoky Mountains National Park Road, Hein- tooga Road, and dozens more. Come and explore.
"Life doesn't happen along the interstates. It's against the law." William Least Heat Moon in Blue Highways
“ I won ’ t really see America from the interstates, so I have to get off. ” William Least Heat Moon
Bridal Veil Falls on Moonshiner 28
Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap is America ’ s favorite two - lane touring road. There ’ s no other road even close to matching the challenge of 318 curves in 11 miles of desolate Smoky Mountain asphalt. But there are other good roads to explore.
GrahamChamber.com Graham County North Caro- lina, central location for ALL of the GREAT ROADS. Nat- ural beauty and unspoiled by crowds, Graham County is a rare find in today's world. We call it the quiet side of the Smokies.
ThunderMountainVacationRentals.com Robbinsville NC 2 BR 1 Bath and 3 BR 2 Baths. Full kitchens, living rooms, dining rooms, picnic areas, 2 motorcycle garages, WiFi, AC, paved park- ing. Open year round. 941 - 204 - 9415
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Bald River Falls
A Short History of the Area Roads
The Southern Appalachian Moun- tains historically have been a difficult place to settle and survive. Wildlife once dominated. Buffalo, deer, and elk carved rough trails into the desolate and dense forests. The Native Americans then fol- lowed these routes that offered not only access to food and water, but also pro- vided the easiest paths to traverse avoid- ing the steepest slopes. In the late 1700s English troops fol- lowed the same paths to establish forts. Trappers and explorers soon arrived. Native Americans clashed with these early invaders and later with set- tlers moving into their hunting grounds. The confrontations were often bloody. The Cherokee were relocated to Ok- lahoma on the Trail of Tears in the 1830s. Some remained hiding in the dense forests and remote coves as white families began to settle the mountains. It was a rugged life for all, but these strong people survived the hardships and today live together in peace. The Civil War brought more blood- shed as brothers fought against brothers. Troops and gangs patrolled the same ani- mal tracks that had been worn centuries before. The herds of wild animals, once prolific, had nearly disappeared. The foot trails, now widened with the use of wagons, remained crude and difficult to traverse, especially in winter until the early 1900s. With the advent of the automobile improvements came, first with gravel and then pavement. Interstates and 4 - lane limited access highways have consumed many of these great, twisting two - lane adventures and today threaten even more. But there are still some of these roads from the past that have barely survived. Come and enjoy these great roads while you can. They may not be here in a few more years.
NOTE: Numbers designate which area the roads and businesses are located.
Walk Under Dry Falls
Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge First class motorcycle resort in NC. Off Moonshin- er 28, minutes to the Dragon, Cherohala, Blue Ridge Parkway. Cabin rooms, full cabins, bunkhouse, RV sites, camping, dining, gift shop. IronhorseNC.com 828 - 479 - 3864 Tapoco Lodge US129 NC minutes to the Dragon. Lodge rooms, cabins, hot tubs, buffet brkfst, covered parking, fire pits, riverside dining, full bar, gift shop. Groups/weddings. Historical ambience w/modern conveniences. Tapoco.com 828 - 498 - 2800 Two Wheel Inn Resort US129 in Rob- binsville. Each room has an adjoining private motorcycle garage. Paved access and parking, fire pit, Convenient to all area roads, dining, and area attractions. Clean and reasonable rates. TwoWheelInn.com 828 - 498 - 2800 Carolina Joy House & RV Site Newly renovated house on 2.5 acres, 5 mins from Robbinsville. Level/easy access for mo- torcycles, sports cars, and trailers. Private & lots of parking. Three bedrooms, 2 baths, up to 8 guests. Sleeps up to 8. CarolinaJoyVacationRental.com for groups. All within walking distance. Reasonable rates. Secluded location. TailoftheDragonRentals.com 828 - 479 - 8400 Humble Roots Rest Private setting on 11 acres. Sleeps 6. Two bedrooms , two full baths, Open floorplan. Deck w/dining, 6 person hot tub. Five minutes to Robbinsville, 20 minutes to Cherohala Skyway, 30 minutes to Tail of the Dragon. Paved roads and drive to the cabin. Tesla level 2 universal EV charger. HumbleRootsRest.com Tail of the Dragon Vacation Rent- als Just a mile to the Cherohala. 3 houses, one studio. Garages, firepits, hot tubs, great
Rivers Edge Treehouses Six luxury Treehouses, lofty wooded setting. Covered parking, king bed, sat TV, WiFi, micro, mini fridge, grill, fire pit. 2 min to Robbinsville. 2017 TripAdvisor Top 25 US Hotels for Ro- mance. 828 - 735 - 2228 RiversEdgeTreehouses.com Fontana Village Resort on Moonshin- er 28, 10 minutes to the Dragon. Bring the family, large groups. Lodge rooms, cabins, camping. Marina, restaurant, grill, swimming pool, rec, convention facilities. FontanaVillage.com 828 - 498 - 2211 or 800 - 849 - 2258 Blue Waters Mountain Lodge On Lake Santeetlah, near US129, 4 miles from Robbinsville. Gameroom with billiards and darts. Dining, beer & wine. Paved access. 828 - 479 - 8888 Dock Holiday House On Lake Santeetlah just 15 minutes to Dragon/ Cherohala/Moonshiner28. 2 bedroom/2 bath, w/ private dock, fire pit, Wi - Fi, Verizon cell. Bring the boat, family & camera. 828 - 479 - Mountain Lake House Near Robbins- ville. New home on Lake Santeetlah. Level parking, private dock on lake. Perfect for two couples. Bring the boat. MountainLakeHouseNC.com 828 - 479 - 8558 or 828 - 735 - 2049 Toll Free 888 - 828 - 3978 BlueWatersMtnL.com
8967 or 772 - 466 - 6587 DockHolidayHouse.com
Hog Hollow Off Moonshiner 28 (NC28) 15 min. to Dragon. Farmhouse is 1920s remodeled house, 5 bedrooms (4 queens and 2 twins). Porch, deck & patio w/charcoal grill. Paved parking. Secluded w/ creek. Walnut Gap is 3 bedroom 2 bath, log cabin. Three queen beds, sleeps 6. Paved covered parking. Secluded. HogHollowCabinRetreat.com 828 - 479 - 3141
Dragons Rest Cabins Six cabins. Close to Dragon & Cherohala. Mountain views, easy level access, secure covered parking. Trailer parking, game room, bike wash, fire pits, & Wi - Fi. Group discounts. 828 - 479 - 4726 DragonsRestCabins.com
Stecoah, NC Wolf Creek Rentals 157 Poplar Hill Rd, Robbinsville, NC 28771 828 - 735 - 0039 Waynesville, NC Waynesville Cycle Center
18999 Great Smoky Mountains Expy, Waynesville, NC 28786 Townsend, TN Wolf Creek Motorsport Rentals 7321 E Lamar Alexander Parkway, Townsend TN 37882 Spartanburg, SC Wolf Creek Rentals @ Palmetto Cycle Center 125 Simuel Rd, Spartanburg, SC 29303 TOURING, SPORT, ADVEN- TURE, CRUISER MOTORCY- CLES, 3 WHEELERS, 4 WHEEL- ERS, AND JEEPS. RESERVE ONE TODAY at 828 - 735 - 0039
Luxbury Inn Maryville TN, near all good rides. All suite hotel, spacious private bedrooms, kitchens. Near SM Harley, free breakfast. Dragon 10% discount, Sun - Thurs based on availability LuxburyInn.com 865 - 983 - 9839 800 - 780 - 9839 Highland Manor Inn Townsend TN near Smoky Mtns.30 minutes to the Dragon via Foothills. Reasonable rates, great views, Cont. breakfast, fridge, pool & deluxe rooms. HighlandManor.com 865 - 448 - 2211 or 800 - 213 - 9462 Monroe County Tennessee Visit our gift shop located at the beginning ot the Cherohala Skyway in Telli- co Plains Tennessee. Our motto is “ Get lost with us. ” VisitMonroeTN.com 423 - 253 - 8010
Cherohala Skyway Cabins 2 studio cabins with hot tubs, in the Cherokee National Forest. 8 miles south of Tellico Plains minutes from Cherohala Sky- way/Dragon loop. SkywayCabins.com 423 - 253 - 2253 or 866 - 253 - 2254 tents, hammock camping pods, primitive camp sites, family pool, bathhouse and camp store. MeccaCampResort.com 423 - 253 - 3513 Mecca Camp Resort New campground located on Mecca Pike (TN39) 4 miles west of Tellico Plains. Large RV sites, pull - thru and back - in. "Glamping"
Grand Vista Hotel & Suites Only minutes off Hwy 72/N & US 411, in Tellico West Industrial Park. Mo- torcycle friendly offers FREE breakfast, WIFI, mention this ad for 10% off rates . 423 - 884 - 6200 GrandVistaHotelandSuites.com A Holiday Motel Maggie Valley NC owned by rid- ers. Lots of room options/kitchenettes, walk to dining and attractions/Wheels Through Time. Fire pit, WiFi, pool, Great biker destination. HolidayMotel.net 828 - 926 - 1186 or 877 - 686 - 4386
Sleep Inn Bryson City Located just off US 19/74 in Bryson City NC. Convenient to Bryson City and near great
twisties. Renovated in 2012. Pool, Wi - Fi, hot breakfast. 828 - 488 - 0326
Cherokee Realty North Carolina. Wide selec- tion of properties for sale. Vacation rentals on Lake Santeetlah and secluded mountain get - aways. CherokeeRealty.com 828 - 479 - 6441 or 800 - 343 - 7635
Jim Tom and Nancy
Moonshiner28.com is 103 miles of great touring with scenic vistas, gnarly two - lane twisties, waterfalls, good food and shopping for local arts/crafts. This is one of our favorite rides.
SixGap.com North Georgia takes you on a seventy - three mile figure eight through the most scenic areas in the Georgia mountains. The famed Appalachian Trail crosses the route four times. Wolfpen Gap (GA 180) will satisfy your craving for twisties. The Blood Mountain Run at Neels Gap (US 129) is three lanes of adventure. There is little traffic on these loops and the twisties come at you fast. Two Wheels of Suches is a classic motorcycle destination.
Two Wheels of Suches On the Six Gap Loop and the Gauntlet. For lodge rooms & cabins, book your reservations online or call. Great campground for groups/events. New large bathhouse. Restaurant and paved motorcycle parking. Stay here
for lots of two wheel company to chat with. TwoWheelsofSuches.com 706 - 973 - 1671
Stone Pile Gap on Six Gap
Numbers designate which area the various accommodations and busi- nesses are located. SEE MAPS
Diamondback Motorcycle Lodge Biker - owned. On the BRP at mm 334. Economi- cal rooms with flat screen TVs, private baths, covered bike parking w/access to pool, hot tubs, tennis, horse- shoes. Dining & bars on
- site. SwitzerlandInn.com 828 - 765 - 2153 Toll Free 800 - 654 - 4026
Switzerland Inn Biker - owned. Just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at mm 334 at NC 226A on Diamond- back Loop. Unbelievable views, pool, hot tubs, ten- nis, horseshoes. Excellent food & reasonably priced. Two bars on - site. Rooms, suites and cottages. Swit- zerlandInn.com 828 - 765 - 2153 Toll Free 800 - 654 - 4026
The Devil ’ s Trian- gle 44 mile loop. North of Oak Ridge TN.
Grandfather Mountain Blue Ridge Parkway
Diamondback226.com combined with the Devils Whip NC80 and Blue Ridge Parkway is a challenging 38 mile loop with plenty of twisties, elevation changes, scenic overlooks, great ac- commodations and good food. A must ride if you are on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Little Switzerland located just off the BRP. It is a small biker - friendly community with quaint shops, excellent accommoda- tions, and several dining options.
Switchback Devils Triangle
Switchback on the Dev- il ’ s Whip
Switchback Diamondback Loop
Wheels Through Time Mo- torcycle Museum Maggie Valley NC. More than 300 of America ’ s rarest and most historic motorcycles. And they all run. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. $15. Ron and Nancy (TOTD) say “ don ’ t miss this rare exhibit ”. WheelsThroughTime.com 828 - 926 - 6266
The BRP is one of the most scenic roads in America with many twisty connecting roads. This map shows only 140 miles of the southernmost BRP.
Bearmeat ’ s Indian Den Located on US 19 midway be- tween Cherokee and Maggie Val- ley. See the best authentic Chero- kee Indian crafts in the area. Great selection including tribal masks, baskets, pottery, carvings, jewelry, and much more. Ron and Nancy recommended.
GamblerNC.com - NC209, also known as the Rattler, is 25 miles of fun from Hot Springs North Carolina to Fer- guson ’ s Market. Some sections as good as the Dragon. Scenic views along the Bluff section and some tight curves near Betsy Gap. Try Doggett Mountain Road while you are there.
Treat yourself to a swim in the jetted hot tubs of the Hot Springs Resort and Spa.
Construction on the Blue Ridge Parkway began in 1935 and was completed in 1987.The 469 mile long National Parkway stretches from Cherokee, North Caroli- na to near Waynesboro, Virginia. The end points are only 300 miles apart as the crow flies.
There are 26 tunnels. Elevations range from 6,047 to 649 feet. Access to other roads is limited. Fuel, food and lodging stops should be planned ahead. Speed limits are 45 and lower.
Elk in Cherokee
HOME OF THE
Lynn ’ s Place Downtown Robbinsville NC at courthouse. WHERE THE LOCALS EAT! The best home cooking in town. Prime rib, salad bar, sweet pota- to fries, fried cheesecake. 828 - 479 - 9777 from the Dragon. Wildwood Grill, Mountview Bistro, Pit Stop pizza, sandwiches. Adult beverages. General Store ice cream & snacks. FontanaVillage.com Tapoco Tavern US129 just 3 miles from the Dragon at Tapoco Lodge. Lunch/dinner served alongside Cheoah River. Full bar, Carolina trout, hand - tossed pizza, steaks, pasta. Group reservations welcomed. Tapoco.com 828 - 498 - 2800 Fontana Village Dining On Moonshiner 28 just 10 miles Willow Tree Catering and Baking Downtown Rob- binsville. Friday and Saturday night gourmet dinners by reser- vation. Great pastries, cakes, and pies. ON FACEBOOK 828 - 260 - 8158 Iron Works Grille & Pub On the river Tellico Plains, TN side of the Chero- hala Skyway. Pulled pork BBQ, wings, burgers, salads, desserts, beer, mixed drinks. 423 - 253 - 2373 IronworksTellico.com
BIG MET- AL DRAG- ON
Tail of the Dragon T - Shirt Shack A large selection of Dragon apparel, stickers, pins, patches, videos, posters and other souvenirs. FREE AREA GREAT ROADS MAPS and information to help make your visit a success. Find us at the Big Metal Dragon, 1755 Tapoco Rd, Robbinsville NC 28771. Where US 129 intersects NC Moonshiner 28. We also offer rental houses near the Cherohala Skyway. Great rates for 3 and 4 bedroom houses and studio apartment. Bring the gang and take over the mountain.
TailoftheDragon.com 800 - 768 - 7129 TailoftheDragonVacationRentals.com 800 - 768 - 7129
Visit our on - line store for the latest in apparel, signs, stickers, and other goodies. TailoftheDragonStore.com
Wheeler ’ s Performance Motorcycle Shop On US 129 Robbinsville NC 15 miles from the Dragon. Parts, repairs, tires, souvenirs, free bike wash, Dyno Tuning. As Seen on SpeedVision. If he can ’ t fix it, sell it. WheelersPerformance.com 828 - 479 - 4998
Appalachian Driv- ing Experience Caro- linas ’ Premier Sports Car Adventure—Drive one of our Porsches on some of the best scenic mountain roads in America.
Wolf Creek General Store and Gas Station Open year round, 7 days a week on Moon- shiner 28 near Stecoah NC. Snacks and supplies. WiFi. Fuel. 828 - 479 - 6669
Killboy Photography Action photos of you or your group on the Dragon by nationally renown motor- sports photographer Darryl Cannon. Find photos by date. Drone photos/videos, scenic photos. Killboy.com
828 - 356 - 5532 Appalachi- anDriving.com
LAWYERS –NORTH CAROLINA
129 Products Home of 129 Dragon Shine, Black Dragon, Drag- on Wash, Dragon Fire, Dragon Breath, and Dragon Skin. Cleaning products for car, motorcycle or boat. At the Tail of the Dragon on weekends. Open face helmets for sale. 129Products.com
NEED A LAWYER? Mack Tallant - Robbinsville, Traffic offens- es. 828 - 479 - 2442 Darryl R. Brown - Murphy, NC Traffic vio- lations, DWI, etc. DarrylRBrown.com 828 - 835 - 9496
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