It’s a biker’s dream, one of the most famous stretches of pavement that has ever existed. If you’re ready for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, you’ll find it on the Tail of the Dragon. For those who are brave enough to ride the Dragon, you know that you’ve got an exhilarating ride ahead. When you want to feel the rush of the wind around you as you hug the curves with sheer thrill pulsating through your veins, nothing comes close to this epic ride. So bikers, if you’re thirsty for a ride that will energize every cell in your body, open up your Thirsty Biker apps, and let’s experience the Tail of the Dragon and the legendary Cherohala Skyway. It’s lucky episode 13 of the Thirsty Biker Chronicles, and you’re in for the ride of a lifetime.

The Tail of the Dragon

Thousands of bikers flock to this location every year, and for a good reason… the journey is unlike anything you have ever experienced before. This 11-mile strip of highway, designated as US 129, showcases profound views and over 318 curves packed onto this stretch of road, making it the number one motorcycle and sports car road in the country. With no intersecting roads or driveways, you’ll be able to cruise through and just enjoy the pure satisfaction of the ride. Tight turns, breathtaking views of the Great Smoky Mountains and the Cherokee Nation Forest, and no distractions make this a top destination for bikers near and far. We recommend riding the Dragon before embarking on your shenanigans and channel that adrenaline into our favorite spots in the area.

Must-See Stops

Front of the Iron Boar Saloon

After you get finished riding the Dragon, continue your journey at the Iron Boar Saloon, located in Pigeon Forge. Serving up custom food and spirits, Iron Boar has been dubbed the best biker bar in the area. Settle down after one of the most legendary rides of your life for some wholesome food, ice-cold drinks, and tons of entertainment. With plenty of fellow gearheads to talk to, Iron Boar is the top spot to kick back, relax and share Dragon stories. Shop the Boar for all your motorcycle gear, and don’t forget to enjoy one of their cold beers on tap. The Iron Boar is a biker’s paradise and just what you need after the electrifying ride you just experienced.

If you’re ready to sing the blues, you’ve got to cruise over to Brackins Blues Club in Maryville. With the best blues music in the area, Brackins is ready to wow you with its lineup of fine musicians, as well as cold beer, wings, epic burgers, and much more. Brackins is bustling with plenty of spirits to go around and loads of specials and events throughout the week. There’s always something going on here, from team trivia to concerts, making it the perfect way to wrap up a ride like no other.

The Ride of a Lifetime

map showing ride path

Every biker should experience the Tail of the Dragon at least once. Completely uninterrupted and full of unbridled adventure, the Tail of the Dragon is an absolute must for any rider. And when you’re ready to wind down, the Cherohala Skyway and surrounding areas will be there to offer you what you need to complete your ride. If you’re ready for a legendary experience, fire up your Thirsty Biker apps, and let’s meet at the Dragon.

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