Caryville, Tennessee: Big Dragon StatueSince the 1980s, a hand-built, very large, colorful green dragon with tiny wings had refrained from igniting his fireworks store. Then, in May 2011, the fireworks store caught fire.
Thunder Mountain Fireworks
- 292 John McGhee Blvd, Caryville, TN
- I-75 exit 134. Drive east on US Hwy 25W/Hwy 63, then make a quick right (south) onto Hwy 116/John McGhee Blvd. The dragon is about a half-mile south, on the right. Turn into the parking lot for Thunder Mountain Fireworks; the dragon stands on the side of the building next to the freeway.
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- Worth a Detour
Visitor Tips and News About Big Dragon Statue
I've been admiring this dragon from the interstate for thirty years or so and decided that, for Mother's Day, I wanted to get up close. I'm glad I did after reading on Roadside America that he's for sale. He's massive and so fun; I'll miss him if he flies away.[Brandee Shafer, 05/15/2014]
There is now a Dollar Store between the Dragon and the access road, but that doesn't prevent anyone from driving behind the store for that picture moment. Traveling northbound on I-75 you'll see the dragon in time to make the exit.[Michael C Green, 10/27/2013]
This dragon was built and designed by my brother, Jim Cole. I was going to place a Letterbox near the base of the dragon, but recently found out it is FOR SALE!! So now we wait to see how long it will stay there. They are currently working to remove the concrete slab [from a fireworks store that burned down in 2011], remove all the dirt several feet down and then recompact new soil. Not sure what goes in next. This big fellow has been in our family for over 30 years now. Will be sad when he goes. Will try to keep track of him and where he ends up.[chig, 04/12/2013]
My friends got married at Cove Lake State Park, and after it was over we went to visit the dragon and it's awesomeness! Worth a look![MissChrys16, 05/16/2012]
The Big Green Dragon is still a magical presence, nearly a year after its accompanying fireworks store self-destructed in a pyrotechnic spectacular. All the rubble has been cleared away; the dragon looks less like it's saying "Who, me?"
The parking lot is clean, the building slab ready. It looks primed for a new building to go up. More fireworks, or maybe a geek game store? Your green dragon awaits.[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 03/22/2012]