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. For- merly 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 National Park on US441. Watch for elk in Cherokee. DevilsTriangleTN.com - Think you’ve seen a switchback? Ride the Triangle and then you’ll know what a real one is. Not for the squeamish or new rider. GamblerNC.com - NC 209 to Hot Springs NC. Also known as the Rattler . Luck, Trust and Bluff your way along some great twisties near Waynesville. Diamondback226.com - Loop at Little Switzerland on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Stay at the Switzerland Inn or Diamondback Lodge. TheDevilNC80.com -The Devil’s Whip on Diamond- back Loop. Great connector to the Blue Ridge Parkway BlueRidgeParkway.org - 469 scenic miles from Chero- kee NC to the Shenandoah National Park in VA. The Snake - US421 once known as Motorcycle Play- ground and today as the Striped Snake at Shady Valley TN. More twisties to test your skills in northeast Tennessee. ClawoftheDragon.com - Five great loops in the mountains of southwest Virginia which includes the Back of the Dragon. Wayah Road - Also known as Warrior Road , SR 1310, from US 19/74 to Franklin. 27 miles of fun and scenery. GraveyardLoop.com - NC276 and NC215 Includes the BRP and connects US 19 and US 64 with scenery and twisties for 30 miles. AKA Cold Mountain Loop. Devils Drop - NC 151 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 Mountain tunnel featured in 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. Natural beauty and unspoiled by crowds, Graham County is a rare find in today's world. We call it the quiet side of the Smokies.
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A Short History of the Area Roads
Bald River Falls
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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 Oklahoma 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.
Walk Under Dry Falls
Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge First class motorcycle resort in NC. Off Moonshiner 28, min- utes to the Dragon, Cherohala, Blue Ridge Park- way. Cabin rooms, full cabins, bunkhouse, RV
Fontana Village Resort on Moonshiner 28, 10 minutes to the Dragon. Bring the family. and large groups. Lodge rooms, cabins, camp- ing. Marina, restaurant, grill, swimming pool, rec activities, convention facilities. FontanaVillage.com 828-498-2211 or 800-849-2258 Quality Inn & Suites — Fully Renovated Robbinsville on the US 129 Bypass. Biker friendly. Free hot breakfast & Wi-Fi included. Walk to local dining. 15 miles to Dragon. Bike & trailer parking. Pet friendly. Fitness cen- ter. ChoiceHotels.com 828-479-6772 Tail of the Dragon Vacation Rentals Just a mile to the Cherohala. 3 houses, one effi- ciency. Firepits, hot tubs, great for groups. Rea- sonable rates. Secluded location. TailoftheDragonRentals.com 828-479-8400 Blue Waters Mountain Lodge On Lake Santeetlah, near US129, 4 miles from Robbins- ville. Gameroom with billiards and darts. Dining room, beer & wine. Paved access. BlueWatersMtnL.com 828-479-8888 Toll Free 888-828-3978 Mountain Lake House Near Robbinsville. 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 Dock Holiday House On pristine Lake San- teetlah just 15 minutes to the Dragon/Cherohala/ Moonshiner28. 2 bedroom/2 bath, with private dock, fire pit, Wi-Fi, Verizon cell. Bring the Simple Life Mountain Retreat Near Robbinsville NC. Clean & quiet. Cabins from $28 a night, bunkhouse, camping, RV. Covered cycle parking/ramp, pet friendly, WiFi, bath- house. Great for groups. SimpleLifeMountainRetreat.com 828-788-1099
sites, camping, dining, gift shop. IronhorseNC.com 828-479-3864
Rivers Edge Treehouses Six luxury Tree- houses, lofty wooded setting. Covered parking, king bed, sat TV, WiFi, microwave, mini fridge, gas grill, fire pits. 2 min to Robbinsville. 2017 Tri- pAdvisor Top 25 US Hotels for Romance. RiversEdgeTreehouses.com 828-735-2228 Tapoco Lodge US129 in NC minutes to the Dragon. Lodge rooms, cabins, hot tubs, buffet brkfst, covered parking, fire pits, riverside dining, full bar, gift shop. Group events/weddings. Histori- cal ambience with modern conveniences. Tapoco.com 828-498-2800 Hog Hollow Just off Moonshiner 28, 15 min- utes from the Dragon, one mile from Fontana Lake. Paved access and parking. Two large log homes in wooded setting. Good for small group. HogHollowCabinRetreat.com 828-479-3141 Dragons Rest Cabins New in ‘08, 6 cabins & 1 Spacious home. Close to Dragon & Cherohala. Mountain views, easy level access, secure covered parking. Trailer parking, game room, bike wash, fire pits, & Wi-Fi. Group discounts. DragonsRestCabins.com 828-479-4726 San-Ran Motel Located in Robbinsville on US 129. Walk to local restaurants. Covered bike parking. Paved, secure trailer parking. Reasonable rates. Clean and biker friendly. SanRanMotel.com 828-479-3256 Highland Manor Inn Townsend TN near Smoky Mtns.30 minutes to the Dragon via Foot- hills. Reasonable rates, great views, Cont. break- fast, fridge, pool & deluxe rooms. Highland- Manor.com 865-448-2211 or 800-213-9462 Whispering River RV & Campground Townsend TN. Full service RV/tent sites, & cab- ins. Pool, river front, bath house & laundry, Game room, club house. WhisperingRiverResort.com 865-981-4300
boat, family and camera. DockHolidayHouse.com 828-479-8967 or 772-466-6587
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Stecoah, NC Wolf Creek Rentals 157 Poplar Hill Rd, Robbinsville, NC 28771 828-735-0039
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
Grand Vista Hotel & Suites Only minutes off Hwy 72/N & US 411, in Tellico West Industrial Park. Motorcycle friendly offers FREE breakfast, WIFI, mention this ad for 10% off rates. GrandVistaHotelandSuites.com 423-884-6200 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
Luxbury Inn Mary- ville TN, near all good rides. All suite hotel, spacious private bedrooms, kitchens. Near SM Harley, free breakfast. Dragon 10% discount, Sun-Thurs based on
Waynesville, NC Waynesville Cycle Center 18999 Great Smoky Mountains Expy, Waynesville, NC 28786
Cherohala Skyway Cabins 2 studio cabins with hot tubs, in the Cherokee National Forest. 8 miles south of Tellico Plains minutes from the Cherohala Skyway/Dragon loop. 423-253-2253 or 866-253-2254 SkywayCabins.com
TOURING MOTORCYCLES, SPORT MOTORCY- CLES, ADVENTURE MOTORCYCLES, CRUISER MOTORCYCLES, 3 WHEELERS, 4 WHEELERS, AND JEEPS. NEW INVENTORY ADDED REGULARLY RESERVE ONE TODAY at 828-735-0039
Two Wheels of Suches Reopened in 2013 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 great two wheel company to chat with. TwoWheelsofSuches.com 706-973-1671
Copperhead Lodge Exclusive resort ca- tering to motorcycle and car enthusiasts. Cab- ins, lodge rooms, restaurant, bar. Paved roads, covered, secure parking. Good location for group gathering/event. Blairsville, GA. TheLodgeAtCopperhead.com 706-835-7433
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.
Cherokee Realty North Carolina. Wide selection of properties for sale. Vacation rentals on Lake Santeetlah and secluded mountain get-aways. CherokeeRealty.com 828-479-6441 or 800-343-7635
SixGap.com North Georgia takes you on a sev- enty-three mile figure eight through the most sce- nic 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 mo- torcycle destination.
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, 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
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food & reasonably priced. Two bars on-site. Rooms, suites and cottages. SwitzerlandInn.com 828-765-2153 Toll Free 800-654-4026
The Devil’s Triangle 44 mile loop with sharp steep switchbacks. North of Oak Ridge TN.
Grandfather Mountain Blue Ridge Parkway
Switchback Devils Triangle
Switchback Devils Triangle
Diamondback226.com combined with the TheDevilNC80.com (Devils Whip) and Blue Ridge Parkway is a challenging 38 mile loop with plenty of twisties, ele- vation changes, scenic overlooks, great accommodations and good food. A must ride if you are on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Town of Little Switzerland located mid-way between Boone and Asheville, North Carolina is a small biker-friendly community with quaint shops, excellent ac- commodations, and several dining options. And the Blue Ridge Parkway is an added bonus.
Switchback on the Devil’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
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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.
are located. SEE MAPS
The BRP is one of the most scenic roads in America with many twisty connecting roads. This map shows only 130 miles of the southernmost BRP.
GamblerNC.com - NC209 also known as the Rat- tler is 25 miles of fun from Hot Springs North Caro- lina to Ferguson’s Market. Some sections as good as the Dragon. Scenic views along the Bluff section and some tight curves near Betsy Gap.
Construction on the Blue Ridge Parkway began in 1935 and was completed in 1987. The 469 mile long National Parkway stretches from Cherokee, North Carolina 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 BIG METAL DRAGON
Lynn’s Place Downtown Robbinsville NC at courthouse. WHERE THE LOCALS EAT! The best home cooking in town. Prime rib, salad bar, sweet potato fries, fried cheesecake. 828-479-9777 Willow Tree Catering and Baking Downtown Robbins- ville. Friday and Saturday night gourmet dinners by reservation. Great pastries, cakes, and pies. SEE US ON FACEBOOK 828-260-8158 Iron Works Grille & Pub On the river in Tellico Plains, Tennessee side of the Cherohala Skyway. Pulled pork BBQ, wings, burgers, sandwiches, salads, des- serts, beer, mixed drinks ….. IronworksTellico.com 423-253-2373 The Hub Downtown Robbins- ville NC on US129. New in 2014. Look for the old gas pumps and barn. Great sandwiches, ribs, BBQ and a huge coffee menu. TheHubNC.com 828-479-0478 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 from the Dragon. Wildwood Grill, Mountview Bistro, Pit Stop pizza/ sandwiches, General Store ice cream & snacks. FontanaVillage.com
Tail of the Dragon T-Shirt Shack A large selection of Dragon apparel, stickers, pins, patches, videos, posters and other sou- venirs. FREE AREA GREAT ROADS MAPS and information to help make your visit a success. Find us at the Dragon, 1755 Tapoco Rd, Robbinsville NC 28771. Where US 129 intersects NC Moon- shiner 28. We also offer rental houses near the Cherohala Sky- way. Great rates for 3 and 4 bedroom houses and studio apart- ment. Bring the gang and take over the mountain. TailoftheDragon.com 800-768-7129 TailoftheDragonVacationRentals.com 800-768-7129
Sportbikes 4 Hire Full service motorcycle rental outfit in the Smokies. Fleet of sportbikes, sport touring and
cruisers. Will deliver. SportBikes4Hire.com 865-300-7458 or 888-914-4473
Wheeler’s Performance Motorcycle Shop Located on US 129 Robbinsville NC just 15 miles from the Dragon. Parts, re- pairs, tires, souvenirs, free bike wash, Dyno Tuning. As Seen on SpeedVision. If he can’t fix it, sell it. WheelersPerformance.com 828-479-4998
H&H Towing and Recovery Recovery specialists in east TN west NC for the Dragon, Foothills Prkwy, and all area backroads. HookandHaul.biz 865-804-0526 Appalachian Driving Experi- ence - Carolinas’ Premier Sports Car Adventure—Drive one of our Porsches on some of the best scenic mountain roads in America. 828-356-5532 AppalachianDriving.com 129 Products Home of 129 Dragon Shine, Black Dragon, Dragon 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 hel- mets for sale. 129Products.com
Fat Buddies Ribs & BBQ Franklin 828-349-4743 and Waynesville NC 828-456-6368. So good it will make you squeal. Great menu to satisfy the hungriest biker. Take-out. FatBuddiesRibsandBBQ.com pared breakfast, lunch and dinner. Daily Specials. WiFi. Take out orders. Fuel. Groups wel- come. 828-479-6669 Wolf Creek General Store & Café— Open year round, 7 days a week on Moonshiner 28 near Stecoah NC. Freshly pre-
Killboy Photography Action photos of you or your group on the Dragon by nationally renown motorsports photogra- pher Darryl Cannon. Find photos by date. Drone photos/ videos, scenic photos. Killboy.com