Tail of the Dragon
Deal's Gap aka Tail of the Dragon
US129 318 curves 11 miles
Most popular, most dangerous
Speed limit 30MPH
First up, we have Deals' Gap, also known as
the Tail of the Dragon, HWY 129. The Dragon is known across the US as one of the most challenging roads in America with its 318 curves in only 11 miles. With the challenge, also comes danger. Due to such, the speed limit was reduced to only 30MPH in the mid 2000's. Caution must especially be used during the summer and fall months, when the road can see over 15,000
motorists a day. The best time to visit is during late Spring to early summer, from Tuesday to Thursday, as weekends are peak travel time. Nearby lodging can be found at Deal's Gap Motorcycle Resort, and Fontana Village.