Officially U. A favorite with motorcyclists and sports car drivers, the road is no place for big trucks or stretch limos.
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The road may entice you to drive fast, but exercise extreme caution. Someone dies almost every year riding the Dragon. The best time to ride is April through October, when mountain temperatures are mild. From November to March, it can be snowy. Wear leathers, gloves and a full-face helmet. A long-sleeved shirt and slacks under your leathers will keep you warm at higher elevations. There are fewer riders on the road mid-week. Weekends between mid-morning and late afternoon are the busiest times. Be alert for wild turkeys, deer and even bears that might be in the road around the next curve.
Watch for cars pulling into and out of overlooks and pullouts.
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Two-lane roads in the Great Smoky and nearby Blue Ridge mountains provide plenty of opportunities for motorcycle enthusiasts to hone their skills. Click the map to make it interactive. The Dragon and Cherohala Skyway Plus. Quick Links: Ride Description While most of this loop is in Tennessee, we'll start from and then return to the Deals Gap Motorcycle Resort at the North Carolina end of The Dragon, an 11 mile stretch of US legendary for its more than curves and excellent pavement.
Interactive Map To use the interactive map, you can click on any of the waypoints for more information see key below map for details on the different waypoint icon types. This Ride Sponsored By: Elevation Profile Key numbers correspond to mile points as listed in the Mile by Mile Directions below.
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Elevation Information Lowest Point: Grade Information Max Uphill Grade: Mile by Mile Directions Mile Calderwood Dam Overlook Mile Turn left onto TN 72 Mile US near Vonore. Turn left to cross over the lake Mile Citico Road. Ballplay - Turn left to continue on TN Mile North Carolina end of Cherohala Skyway. Turn left onto Santeetlah Road Mile Turn Right.
How to Ride the Dragon's Tail in Tennessee
US Tapoco Rd. Turn left towards Deals Gap Mile Cheoah Dam Mile End at Deals Gap Motorcycle Resort. Photo Gallery Click on a square thumbnail to view a larger image. It is one of many great rides featured on his inexpensive, comprehensive and easy to use motorcycle pocket maps.
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