Riding Tail of the Dragon through the Smoky Mountains

Today, we took a 5 hour motorcycle ride around the Smoky Mountains.   It started at Newfound Gap, we rode through the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee and North Carolina, along the Nantahala National Forest, Cherokee National Forest, the Foothills Parkway and the Tail of the Dragon.  We rode through lush green forests, under thick green tree canopies, next to waterfalls and saw beautiful views of the mountains.  We rode along rivers and creeks, saw a Green Heron standing on rocks in the river, wild turkeys and a groundhog with two babies along the road.

 

The Tail of the Dragon is a must do for motorcycle enthusiasts.  The tail of the dragon got its name because the stretch of road resembles a dragon’s tail.  It is a fun ride with 318 curves in 11 miles.  There are no intersecting roads or driveways to interfere with the ride.  The main rule is to stay in your lane as you are going around turns to avoid any accidents.  Photographers line the road to take pictures which is nice.  The crazy part is you are riding on the edge of the mountains and there are no guard rails, because Tennessee as a whole doesn’t really do guard rails.  People do crash, but as long as you ride smart you will be fine.

Rides like this is when we wish we had a GoPro, so we could capture the beauty and fun of the ride.

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