Asheville, North Carolina City Escape – As Many Curves as You Can Handle!

Sep 21, 2020 View Comments by

A curve lover’s paradise, this loop takes you on a thrilling ride through the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee. You’ll experience a breathtaking sampling of roads, from the famous Blue Ridge Parkway and the Foothills Parkway to the adrenaline-pumping road, The Dragon.

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Classic Roads: Cherohala Skyway and Tail of the Dragon

Aug 10, 2020 View Comments by

These two classic roads, taken together, offer motorcyclists one of the most challenging days of mountain riding available anywhere. The full 138-mile route starts and ends in Tellico Plains, TN, at the Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center. From there the road rapidly gains altitude on SR 165. At around the halfway point of the 43-mile-long Skyway, […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: The Snake (Aka US-421 in Tennessee)

Dec 07, 2013 View Comments by

 “The Snake” is one of several iconic “named” motorcycle roads in the southern Appalachian Mountains. I personally feel it is more fun for longer than the Tail of the Dragon, The Rattler, and many of the other famous motorcycle roads in this area. Scenery: Spectacular views of Shady Valley, TN, which roughly marks the halfway […]

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Tail of the Dragon

Mar 04, 2013 View Comments by

“Hey Nick, you are getting really low on that bike. Let me get a picture of you dipping into a turn.” I set up at a corner where my friend Nick just scraped the pegs on his rented KLR. This should be a good spot I think. I have one eye on the viewfinder of […]

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Virginia State Route 16 Becomes the “Back of the Dragon”

Nov 04, 2012 View Comments by

Looking to duplicate the marketing success that U.S. 129, the famous “Tail of the Dragon,” has become, the Tazewell Virginia County Board of Supervisors announced that Virginia State Route 16 will be designated as the “Back of the Dragon.” Crossing between Tazewell and Smyth counties, Route 16 boasts 260 curves over 32 miles and has […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Moonshiner 28

Jun 08, 2012 View Comments by

This issue’s featured Bucket Road begins at Deals Gap (aka the Tail of the Dragon) in western North Carolina, passes through northern Georgia and ends some 103 miles later in Walhalla, SC. Since the road carries the designation of Route 28 in all three states, it will be hard to get lost. This road had […]

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