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The Dragon and Cherohala Loop contains 2 of the most famous roads in North America, the Cherohala Skyway and the Tail of the Dragon (Hwy 129).  This loop is a full day ride and riders will get a workout.  The Cherohala Skyway portion is a great warmup, providing elevation changes and sweeping curves to get the blood going.  The pass through the Tail of the Dragon is made from North to South and provides a challenging ride.  This road can be heavily travelled at times and riding in this direction puts the rider on the ‘downhill’ side of the road, so take care to not run wide on the corners.


Approximate Mileage:  175 Miles


Estimated Riding Time:  5,25 Hours


Road Surface:  Paved



Robbinsville, NC:  Cherohala Skyway, Camp Santeetlah

Deal’s Gap, NC:  Tail of the Dragon

Vonore, TN:  Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, Tail of the Dragon Scenic Overlook

Tellico Plains, TN:  Falls Branch Falls, Turkey Creek Overlook, Covered Bridge, Bald River Falls, Baby Falls

Fontana Dam, NC:  Fontana Dam

Motorcycle Rides, Vonore, Tallassee, Deal's Gap, Fontana, Robbinsville, Tellicon Plains, Greenback

Dragon and Cherohala 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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