Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap with 318 curves in 11 miles, is America’s number one motorcycle and sports car road. Designated US 129, the road is bordered by the Great Smoky Mountains and the Cherokee National Forest, with no intersecting roads or driveways to hamper your travel. It is considered “the destination” for thousands of motorcycle and sports car fans throughout the spring, summer, and fall. Can you brave it? It’s best to be cautious as the turns are tight, but the Tail of the Dragon is guaranteed to be the ride of your life!
Unlike many mountain roads, the Tail of the Dragon is not meant to be a scenic drive. Since the twists and turns are coming at you quickly, there's no need to look around. Every driver should obey the traffic laws and speed limit while driving the Tail of the Dragon, even though many treat it like a race track. If curves are taken too fast, the results can be deadly. Since this stretch of road has claimed many lives over the years, legend says it is haunted. If you take the drive at a comfortable speed and listen to your instincts, you should be able to "Slay the Dragon."
Before embarking on this adventure, make sure your motorcycle or car is ready for the ride. Bring your vehicle or bike into AAA Car Care Center for a tune up and be sure to have your tires checked and properly inflated. If you are new to riding or want to refresh your skills, check out AAA Talks for Motorcycle basics like safety gear and insurance. Get a motorcycle quote from AAA Insurance to protect both you and your motorcycle in the event of an accident. Plan your route with TripTiks to use your driving time wisely. Before you get on the road, safely secure your bike in your trailer and check it at every stop. Arrive at your destination in the daylight if possible as night driving can be dangerous on back roads.
Nearby Cherohala Skyway is quickly becoming a destination too, with 60 remote miles of breathtaking scenic mountain highway. This area also has other incredible roads like the Moonshiner 28, Devils Triangle, Diamondback 226, Six Gap North Georgia, the Snake and Great Forest Service Dual Sport and Jeep Roads.
There are also plenty of options to enjoy in the winter months. Bring some warmer clothes and experience a unique vacation away from the city traffic. Rental rates are much lower than in the summer months. The roads remain safe and passable for standard vehicles most days in the winter months. But remain alert to any severe weather that might change conditions.
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