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Deals Gap, North Carolina: Tail of the Dragon

A popular stop for motorcyclists who've survived riding an especially twisty section of US 129. It now has at least one large metal dragon sculpture, and possibly more.

US Hwy 129, Deals Gap, NC
On US Hwy 129 in North Carolina, less than a mile south of the Tennessee state line.
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Tail of the Dragon.

Tail of the Dragon

Tail of the Dragon -- 318 turns in 11 miles.

[Angi, 10/25/2020]

Tail of the Dragon.

Tail of the Dragon

A must see for any biker -- Tail of the Dragon.

[Todd, 04/12/2018]

Tree of Shame.

The Tree of Shame

The "Tree of Shame" at the Dragon is sort of like an extremely macabre Shoe Tree. Every piece of motorcycle on the tree is from a (potentially fatal) accident.

[Jacob Krejci, 05/28/2015]

Tree of Shame.

Tail of the Dragon - Tree of Shame

The Tree of Shame is decorated with parts of crashed motorcycles on The Tail of the Dragon.

[Jax2A, 10/06/2014]


Tail of the Dragon

Metal Dragon statue at Deals Gap, a motorcycle hot spot on US 129 with 318 curves in 11 miles of road. At the southern (tail) end is this wonderful statue that reminds you of the ride you are about to take. Be careful, or you may get bitten by the Dragon! The Tree of Shame across the street is proof of that.

[Steve McNeil, 06/10/2014]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Rock City BarnRock City Barn, Maryville, TN - 15 mi.
Tuckaleechee CavernsTuckaleechee Caverns, Townsend, TN - 16 mi.
Millennium ManorMillennium Manor, Alcoa, TN - 22 mi.
In the region:
Smarthenge: The Circle of Thought, Knoxville, TN - 41 mi.

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