Catching a Wild Ride on the Tail of the Dragon in Deals Gap, NC
Highway 129 in the remote mountains on the North Carolina-Tennessee border has a wild side. This stretch of road is called the Tail of the Dragon and is a destination for blue highway connoisseurs, fall foliage fanatics, and many a motorcycle enthusiast. Cool mountain air rushes by as you make so many oddly banked switchback curves that you'll feel drunk from the sensation. Start just to the north of Robbinsville, NC at Tapoco Dam and head northwest to Tennessee passing through primitive forest full of color and wildlife; most of it unspoiled and remote. It's not for the faint of heart or those prone to motion sickness. There are plenty of accommodations for bikers, hikers, and drivers in the Robbinsville area and on the Tennessee side in Maryville.