The area is great for exploring on a bike or in a sports car. The Dragon is a destination but no one drops in without experiencing the surrounding roads. You make a run there because it's a well known destination and because of that you can get some great action shots from the photographers that have taken up residence, that's the only reason I take the time to run 129, it's a boring, slow speed run that unless taken on a weekday morning is a total waste.Driving TheTail of The Dragon seems to be a popular
destination. However, I just don't get it. Why look
forward to driving at slow speeds on a road full of
curves and then deal with bikes.
I for one prefer the open straight road which
allows for breathtaking acceleration. I know how
this car handles curves so no need to
validate it again. Just my opinion.
If you all drive it be safe.
Yes! We're also planning to do the Cerahola.Agree totally... The Dragon IMO is a waste in a car. I say this having done it more than once on my VTX 1800. I typically go with friends, let the new guys experience what its like to ride the Dragon (grab on to the rope now folks) and then show them some of the fun roads. Cherahola Skyway is ten times the ride for a vehicle as it has the curves, long straightaway, as well as the fact that it is always clear enough to open things up while local police are concentrating on the Dragon. I would also rather jump on 129 South from the Dragon to Robbinsville, or better yet stay at the Fontana lodge and get a few good runs around the lake where the roads are sweet. If you are heading there from the North be sure to head through Jefferson Forest and hit Snake Run...watch those switchbacks though and take it easy that you don't hit that front end on the uphill and downhill curves at both ends of the run.
Take Cherohala Skyway from north of Robbinsville, NC and pick up hwy 360 to TN 411. Look on map and pick up US129 (aka The Tail of the Dragon) off 411. Great loop.Yes! We're also planning to do the Cerahola.
To paraphrase Yogi Berra, nobody drives there any more because it is too crowded.
I know a number of roads with twisties around here, which, fortunately, are fairly deserted. And since I am not telling, maybe they will stay that way.
Haha no, I wouldn't do that to people I like. These were taken by 3 different websites set up in several different curves. You have to pay to download them. They do a good job. Can't wait to go back through there on a sunny day.Fascinating shots vabuckeye! Did you take a 'camera crew' with you? Well done.
Nice pics, I've some from several times in the rain with my roadsters over the years, they always have a special look to them. However, Please remember the Dragon is a Very Dangerous road and you NEVER want to be caught over the centerline, especially in the rain & on a curve.As you can see, I didn't have the best weather to make the drive, but it was still fun. View attachment 13644