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The Back of the Dragon Loop is a paved ride in Western Virginia.  Starting in Tazewell, this ride wastes no time and jumps right into the ‘Back of the Dragon’.  This is a 32 mile stretch of motorcycle heaven that keeps riders on their toes with a continuous string of curves and hills.


The fun doesn’t stop after riders finish the Back of the Dragon.  The ride continues on and enters the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area for more curves and fun.


Near Damascus, the ride turns North and winds back through the hills and valleys.  While this stretch of road doesn’t have a famous name, parts of it are just as amazing as the ‘back of the dragon’.


Eventually this loop turns East and parallels Highway 19 to return to the starting point in Tazewell.


Location:  Western Virginia

Approximate Mileage:  150  miles

Estimated Riding Time:  4.5 Hours 

Surface:  Paved

Attractions:  Back of the Dragon Motorcycle Road, Jefferson National Forest, Jeb Stuart Highway, Walker Mountain Overlook, Pat Jennings Visitor Center, Tazewell County Historical Society, Mount Rogers National Recreation Area.

Back of the Dragon Loop

  • If you are riding with a group, we ask that every person using our route for navigation purchase their own copy.


    In order to encourage this, we are happy to offer a discount for group purchases. Please contact us after purchasing 1 item at full price, and we will set up a coupon code that will give everyone in your group 50% off of the same item.

  • Our digital routes are designed to operate in most GPS devices.  In addition to GPSs, our routes should work with several smartphone apps.  They will NOT work on Google Maps or Apple Maps.


    If you plan on using a smartphone app, we recommend the REVER app.  REVER will work with both Android and iOS and in addition to navigation it has many other great features.


    For best results in REVER, download the route to your computer first, then import into your smartphone.  Turn by turn may not work, so we recommend that you utilize the "Follow the Line" option. 


    You can get 20% off your first year’s subscription to REVER by following THIS LINK.

    AND using this coupon code at checkout:  Driftlessforless.


    By using this link and coupon code a portion of your subscription fee will go to support Driftless Roads USA.



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