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Griffin Cabins
in Robbinsville NC. Efficiency apt and 2 BR homes at reasonsable rates.
Snowbird House
On Big Snowbird Creek w/fishing from yard. Paved level access. Near Robbinsville. 2 BR, 2 BA.

On US74 convenient to all NC roads. Pet friendly, Cont breakfast, trailer parking, WiFi, micro & fridge.
Tellico Cabins
Three well appointed cabins near the Cherohala Skyway in TN. Hot tubs, WiFi, Sat TV, pet friendly.

Private 3BR, 2 BA house near the Cherohala Skyway in NC with deck overlook creek. Sat TV, gas grill.
River Cove Cabins, Andrews NC
Near Murphy NC. Affordable Nottely Riverfront Kitchenette Cabins Hwy 64 W. Convenient to NC, GA & TN roads and attractions 3 Nights Dragon Special $177.
GearHead Inn
Owner/operators are car/ motorcycle enthusiasts. WIFI, micro, frige, cable TV, pool, firepit
Relax Inn
RELAX INN in downtown Bryson City. Walk to the Smoky Mountain Rairoad and downtown dining.
Fontana For Less, Fontana Village NC
FONTANA FOR LESS FONTANA VILLAGE NC Just 10 miles from the Dragon. Stay in Fontana Village for less.
Chilhowee Mountain Retreat
CHILHOWEE MOUNTAIN RETREAT Located atop Chilhowee Mtn near Maryville, TN. Luxury bed & breakfast adj Great Smoky Mtns.
Mainstay Inn and Suites
MAINSTAY SUITES In Alcoa TN. Full kitchen, seasonal pool, hot breakfast. Mention Tail of the Dragon for $69.99 a night special.
Riders Home
RIDERS HOME Only 15 minutes to the Dragon. 3 BR/2.5 bath, WiFi, gameroom, garage, movie room.
Cherokee Realty
CHEROKEE REALTY Located in Robbinsville NC. Offering sales and vacation rentals on Lake Santeetlah, near the Dragon
Hog Hollow
Just off Moonshiner 28, new log home, 4BR, 3 BA, paved access. 15 minutes to Dragon.
Highland Manor
Peaceful Tennessee location near all the Great Smoky Mountain attractions. Reasonable rates, great views.
Sweet Berries B&B
SWEET BERRIES B and B Only minutes from the Dragon with spectacular mountain views, covered cycle parking.
Carolina Mountain Retreats, Franklin NC
CAROLINA MOUNTAIN RETREATS Just off Moonshiner 28 between Franklin and Highlands NC, paved access.

SLEEP INN BRYSON CITY Convenient to all western NC roads. Wireless Internet, Cont breakfast, pool, trailer parking. Walk to restaurants.
Simple Life Campground
SIMPLE LIFE CAMPGROUND WITH CABINS Robbinsville NC. Cabins, Bunkhouse, Tent & RV sites, covered m/c parking. Military Discount.
Steel Horse Stable Apartments
STEEL HORSE STABLE APTS located a few miles south of Robbinsville on US129. Cheap, Clean, Garage Parking.

Bryson City motel & RV camp. Trailer parking, pool, firepit, WiFi. bike wash.
Tellico Kats Deli, Cherohala Skyway TN
TELLICO KATS DELI Great sandwiches at the Tellico Kats Deli on the Cherohala Skyway in Tellico Plains TN. Dine on the river and enjoy fresh deli sandwiches.
Badd Ass Chaps
BADDASSCHAPS for some great leather gear.


McKinney and Tallant - Robbinsville, North Carolina828-479-2442

Darryl R. Brown - Murphy North Carolina



Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap
TAIL OF THE DRAGON AT DEALS GAP, with 318 curves in 11 miles, is America's number one motorcycle and sports car road. The nearby CHEROHALA SKYWAY is quickly becoming number two with its remote 60 miles of scenic mountain highway. The area also has other incredible roads like the MOONSHINER 28, DEVILS TRIANGLE, THE DIAMONDBACK, SIX GAP NORTH GEORGIA, THE SNAKE and GREAT FOREST SERVICE DUAL SPORT RIDING.

BULLETIN: Tennessee has finally banned trucks over 30 feet long on the Tail of the Dragon. Signs will be erected in January. It has only been 14 years that the has pushed for this to happen. Thank you TDOT for finally coming around. DETAILS

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New products added. We have added several collections including stickers and magnets that will save you money. New items have also been added to the Discount Page.

Our T-Shirt Shack at the Dragon is closed for the winter. We'll be back in March with some new products. Looking forward to next year !


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This is where it all began in 2000 at the Overlook.

The Cherohala Skyway can be beautiful..... SEE MORE AT BOTTOM OF PAGE

TAIL OF THE DRAGON ON TOUR: We have been hearing talk about the Back of the Dragon on SR 16 in Southern Virginia so we decided to explore it ourselves. We are working on a complete review of the highway which will be posted soon. See a couple of photos at the bottom of this page. SEE STORY

We revisited the Devils Triangle on November 10. We really like this road and its many challenges. There was still color on the trees and practically no traffic. Pavement is in much better condition than in the past. This is one road not to make any mistake on. We will be posting a complete review in the coming weeks. This is one of the easier switchbacks. SEE MORE BELOW

The Python - US 58 Damascas VA is in good shape and we thought more fun that the Back of the Dragon.

Shady Valley AKA The Snake - US 421 has some major patchwork going on.

SAYING OF THE WEEK: There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.

CUSTOM SIGNS: We now have Custom Signs for sale in our On-Line Store.

Just a reminder ... see all those weather forecasts for thunder storms at the Dragon. This is typical summer weather in the mountains. A short afternoon thunder storm and then the sun is back out. The rain is very spotty. Ride for five minutes and you might be out of it.

SIX GAP UPDATE: Wolf Pen Gap, part of the Six Gap Loop in north Georgia, is being repaved. The much needed improvements will make this a safer ride. Two Wheels of Suches is now open !! This is a must stop for riders on the Six Gap Georgia Loops. Stop in and see all the changes and stay a night or two.

DIAMONDBACK UPDATE: NC DOT has repaved 226A. The pavement is great, but watch out for gravel which DOT spread along the side of the road. Some is on the roadway itself in spots.

Just a reminder to ride and drive safe on our area roads. It is much cheaper and safer to do a track day than to get a ticket or worse yet cause an accident on our public highways.

Recently trees and rocks along the NC side of US 129 and NC 28 have been painted with a purple paint. This marks the land as "POSTED" and hunters need written permission from the land owner to hunt there. See the North Carolina Landowner Protection Act for details.

See the Jesse Combs AOL Clip CLICK HERE

Tail of the Dragon web cams are back!! New photo each minute. CLICK HERE for full image of both cameras.

We have updated all our web sites to help you plan your trip to our area. The brochure features some great maps on the best roads and nearby places to stay. SEE BROCHURE

We have expanded our coverage of the great area roads to include the southern section of the Blue Ridge Parkway, The Diamondback, north Georgia Six Gap, The Snake, The Devils Triangle, Moonshiner 28, in addition to the Cherohala Skyway and Tail of the Dragon.

- Two North Carolina locations ... Waynesville 828-456-6368 and Franklin 828-349-4743. So good it will make you squeal! Great menu guaranteed to satisfy the hungriest riders.
SPORTBIKE RENTALS NEAR THE CHEROHALA SKYWAY The only full-service, mobile-operated motorcycle rental operation in the Smoky Mountains. Rental fleet includes sportbikes, motards, sport touring, and cruisers. Deliver your rental to your location. TELEPHONE TOLL FREE 888-914-4473 DIRECT 865-809-9147
Wheelers Performance
If you break it he can fix it !! Full service motorcycle shop, located on US129 between Robbinsville and the Dragon. Dyno Runs.
Mountain Motors
Parts & Service all makes and models, gift shop, info, Roadside Pick Up & Towing Service. Downtown Robbinsville on US129 across from McDonalds.
The Hub
The Hub is now open in Robbinsville. Great place to grab a meal or coffee with a snack. Sportbikes4Hire if you need a rental. On US129 ... at the old gas pumps.
Biker Barn North Georgia
BIKER BARN located on your way to Six Gap North Georgia on US129, north of Blairsville GA. Biker apparel, leathers, helmets, souvenirs, WiFi, motorcycle trailers, towing, transport, and storage. 706-781-6729

SMOKY MOUNTAIN HARLEY DAVIDSON - MARYVILLE TN Full service dealership, Shed concert venue, Stinkers BBQ MARYVILLE TN, TEL 865-977-1669. SMOKY MOUNTAIN HARLEY DAVIDSON - PIGEON FORGE TN Full service dealership in PIGEON FORGE TN, TEL 865-774-3445.
Great Smoky Mountain Motorcycle RentalGSM MOTORENT
Guided and selfguided tours, dual sport motorcycle rentals, cabin/camper rentals on Little River in Townsend, TN.
photos by killboy
The original Tail of the Dragon photographer
Thunder Mountain NC
On the Cherohala Skyway near Robbinsville NC. General store, gas, souvenirs.

We take on all size vinyl jobs and guarantee your satisfaction. VINYL PERFECTION
American Spirit TV
The complete motorcycle information network. Available on Smartphone and Mobile Devices.

Tail of the Dragon
The new novel Tail of the Dragon by Rich Hoffman is now available for purchase. This is the most action packed car chase ever written. Almost as good as being here. Don't miss this thriller.
CLICK HERE to purchase
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Tapoco Lodge
GREAT NEWS ... The Tapoco Lodge will reopen in March ... 7 days a week ! And they will be serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to all. Guess where Nancy and I will be eating a lot. They have a great cabin rental available all winter. MORE SOON

Remember ... if it doesn't say TAIL it's not authentic Tail of the Dragon gear. There are many cheap imitations, but only one original Tail of the Dragon map and designs. Cherohala Skyway, Moonshiner28, Devils Triangle, Six Gap, and Diamondback merchandise too.
Contact Tail of the Dragon if you would like to have your business listed. Call 828-479-8400 or EMAIL US
Blue Waters
BLUE WATERS MOUNTAIN LODGE on Lake Santeetlah near Robbinsville, 15 miles to the Dragon. Game room with billiards and darts. Dining, beer and wine served. Paved access.
Snowbird Mountain Lodge
Luxurious rooms, unbeatable views, gourmet meals, fireside bar, beer sales. On the Cherohala near Robbinsville. MC friendly, rider owned first class Inn. BMWMOA discount available.
Two Wheel Inn, Robbinsville NC
TWO WHEEL INN Each room has it's own motorcycle garage big enough for two bikes. Near the Dragon, 2 miles south of Robbinsville NC on US129. CARS WELCOME T00
A Holiday Motel
A HOLIDAY MOTEL Maggie Valley biker friendly motel. Covered bike parking, restaurant, outdoor pool, WI-FI, HBO, New pillowtop beds, grills, fire pit, group discounts.  Easy access and trailer parking. American owned.

located just 9 miles from the Dragon in Tennessee. Rider owned motel. Micro fridge, coffee maker. Dining next door at the Dragon Pitt BBQ Shack.
Tail of the Dragon Vacation Rentals
TAIL OF THE DRAGON VACATION RENTALS by Tail of the Dragon. Secluded and private location just off the Cherohala Skyway and 20 minutes from Deals Gap. The Ridge and Point include private gamerooms with pool, foosball, ping pong, darts. TreeTops has an open fireplace. All houses have garages, computers with free WiFi, SAT TV, NFL Network, free long distance phone in US & CN, private hot tubs. OPEN YEAR ROUND !!!
Switzerland Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway
Located right off the Blue Ridge Parkway at mm 334, just 45 miles north of Asheville NC on the challenging DIAMONDBACK LOOP. Cottages, Rooms, Restaurant, Bar, Hot Tub, Pool. Also home to the DIAMONDBACK LODGE for motorcyclst looking for an economical room with all the amenities of the INN.
The Lodge at Copperhead
Exclusive resort that caters to motorcycle or car enthusiast lifestyle. Cabins, lodge rooms, restaurant, bar. Covered, secure parking. Good location for group gathering/event. Located just outside Blairsville, GA. TELEPHONE 706-835-RIDE (7433)
Grand Vista, Vanore TN
GRAND VISTA"One of the closest hotels to the Dragon in TN." Vonore TN. WI-FI, secure parking. Beer sales on site close to restaurants. Reasonable Rates.

Knoxville Airport. Outdoor pool, fitness room, complimentary hot breakfast/ beverages, free WiFi, just 30 minutes from the Dragon. 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. 
Luxbury Inn, Maryville TN
LUXBURY INN & SUITES in Maryville TN less than a mile from Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson and The Shed. Convenient to the Dragon and Devils Triangle.
Best Western Cades Cove
BEST WESTERN CADES COVE Townsend TN, 3 miles to Great Smoky Mountains & 30 minutes to the Dragon. Pool w/slide, Wi-Fi, hot breakfast, 42" LCD TV. Mention WEB10 for 10% off.
Dragons Rest Cabins, Robbinsville NC
DRAGONS REST CABINS friendly place to stay in Robbinsville, GROUP DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE. Reasonably priced cabins w/covered parking by the night from $74.95. OPEN YEAR ROUND
Fontana Village Resort, Fontana NC
FONTANA VILLAGE Year round resort destination featuring Lodge Rooms, Cabins, Campground, Swimming Pools & Lazy River, Day Spa, Marina, Boat Rentals, Restaurants, Bar, Group and Convention facilities. Located only 10 miles from the Dragon.

New! On the Cheoah River, close to Robbinsville, NC. Hard packed gravel drive, paved and level covered parking. Stay up in the trees in a luxury treehouses in a "back to nature" riverside setting. Choose from six units.
Ironhorse Motorcycle Lodge
IRONHORSE MOTORCYCLE LODGE CABINS, ROOMS, CAMPINGFull Cabin Rentals, Cabin rooms with baths, creekside camping, tent rentals, RV hook-ups, bunkroom, breakfast and dinner served. 30 minutes to the Dragon & Cherohala.
Microtel, Robbinsville NC
same great hotel everywhere you go, is located in downtown Robbinsville. Very biker friendly. Meeting room for groups and clubs. Complementary continental breakfast. Free WiFi (828) 479-6772
Mountain Manor
One and two bedroom suites in Robbinsville with easy access. Walk to restaurants. WIFI, satellite TV, kitchens, laundry. Cottages also available.
San Ran Motel, Robbinsville NC
SANRAN MOTEL located in Robbinsville 20 minutes from the Dragon and Cherohala. American Owned, Motorcycle Friendly, Reasonable Rates, Clean. Covered Cycle Parking.
Big Lynn Inn
in Little Switzerland on 226A The Diamondback. Family owned, breakfast and dinner included. Motel, cottages and suites. Great views. Groups welcome.
Contact Tail of the Dragon if you would like to have your business listed. Call 828-479-8400 or EMAIL US

Ron with two of the Women's Sportbike attendees. It's a tough job here at the Dragon.

Chevy Volt charging-up at the Tail of the Dragon.
Tail of the Dragon on Garmin
Garmin knows where the Tail of the Dragon

Zoe from London England challenged the Tail of the Dragon in 2012 and another 5,000 miles across the US on her Bonneville. Now you can read about the trip in her book Bonneville Go or Bust. To buy the Kindle version CLICK HERE The printed version is now also available. Congratulations Zoe ..... on your success ... and thanks for keeping us informed.. SEE HER BLOG

Friday November 14, 2014

Friday November 14, 2014

Vacancies at the Higdon Hotel, Reliance, Tennessee. On the Ocoee Loop. Details coming soon.

Great 1940s gas station with garage for sale. On the Ocoee Loop.

Webb Brothers Texaco and Other Stuff. Reliance, Tennessee. On the Ocoee Loop.

Don't stop too long on SR 16 in Virginia AKA Back of the Dragon.
The kudzu just might consume you. SEE STORY

Nancy waiting for service at the Blue & White Service Station on the Devils Triangle.

Probably one of the sharpest switchbacks in the US. At the Devils Triangle.

And how about this one?
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Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap brings you motorycle and sport car touring information and maps on all of the exciting touring roads ,accommodations, motorcycle repair, and motorcycle rentals in the area including the Cherohala Skyway, Moonshiner 28, Foothills Parkway, Devils Triangle, Six Gap north Georgia, Diamondback, Devils Staircase, the Snake, Blue Ridge Parkway and places of interest in the Great Smoky Mountains of western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee: also places of interest such as Fontana Dam, Wheels Through Time Museum,  Carolina waterfalls map, Cherokee Casino, Asheville attractions, Biltmore House, Smoky Mountain Railroad, whitewater rafting, zip line tours, Grandfather Mountain, Chimney Rock, Joyce Kilmer hiking, Cherokee National Forest, Nantahala National Forest, Cheoah River, Nantahala River, Lake Santeetlah, Fontana Lake, Robbinsville, Graham County, Bryson City, Sylva, Waynesville, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Townsend and more.