Caryville, Tennessee: Big Dragon Statue

Since the 1980s a hand-built, very large, colorful green dragon with tiny wings had advertised an adjacent fireworks store. In May 2011 the store burned up, but the dragon has survived.

Address:
306 John McGhee Blvd, Caryville, TN
Directions:
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, behind the Dollar General store.
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Dragon statue.

Big Dragon Statue

Not sure how much longer it will last. The dragon has already lost an ear.

[Stephanie Richer, 01/13/2021]

The dragon still has scorch marks from the fire that burned down the adjacent fireworks store in 2011.

Dragon.

Big Dragon Statue

You can see this dragon from the highway and get a decent picture. If you want to be up close, take exit 134 and turn right. The dragon is behind a Dollar General at 306 John McGhee Blvd.

[Bordeauxbarb, 03/07/2019]

Dragon.

Big Dragon Statue

Best to look for the Dollar General and park there.

[Brooke Chesson-Riedel, 10/06/2018]

Dragon.

Big Dragon Statue

Don't follow the address on GPS -- get off at exit 134, turn into the Dollar Store. It's behind that. There are weeds and tall grass around it now, but kids still enjoyed seeing it up close.

[Angel Simms, 07/26/2016]
Big Dragon Statue

Behind Dollar General. Wear pants -- the statue is surrounded by poison oak!

[Nikki, 09/04/2014]

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