Route: The Dragon or Tail of the Dragon
Type: Point to Point
Begin: Foothills Parkway and US 129, Chilhowee, TN
End: Deals Gap, NC
Time: 25 minutes
Distance: 11 miles
Highlights: Extremely Curvy Road, Photographers
From Maryville, TN: Drive South on US 411/129 until you arrive at US 115/US 129, turn left. Take US 129 to Deals Gap, NC.
From Townsend, TN: Drive toward Maryville on US 321 and turn onto the Foothills Parkway. Travel to the end and turn left onto US 129, then proceed to Deals Gap, NC.
About The Dragon
The Tail of the Dragon, or simply, The Dragon, on US-129, is known the world over as a biker destination. This eleven mile stretch of road has 318 curves, making it one of the most challenging and exciting motorcycle rides anywhere.
Thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts take their place in motorcycling lore by participating in the tradition of riding the Tail of the Dragon every year.
With all the talk of mountain vistas and great views, you may think you are missing out by focusing on the road. Don’t worry, the views are not the point of the Tail of the Dragon. Take your eyes off the road and you and your bike will likely end up in the trees.
The Dragon is not for the timid or newbies, but it is also not for the foolish.
The Tail of the Dragon is an exciting ride even without racing wide around blind corners and at double the speed limit. If you are not a safe rider, please stay home. No one wants to hear about a tragedy involving irresponsible bikers.
Thousands of bikers visit this short stretch of US 129 each year and return home safely. We want that to be everyone’s story.
NOTE: In the last few years, Tennessee State Troopers decided to position themselves along the route of The Dragon. They are there to enforce speed limits and to maintain safety. This measure has saved lives and My Smoky Mountain Guide endorses this practice.
Google Map | Tail of the Dragon Motorcycle Route Map