Round trip from Iron Horse Lodge Stecoah along the Tail of the Dragon and Cherohala Skyway
The Tail of the Dragon
The start of this ride is at Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge and Resort.

We turn the NC-143 in the direction of Robbinsville, which is a nice drive with many turns. From Robbinsville we take the US-129, which for a large part runs along the Cheoah River and the Santeetlah lake. Many curves and occasionally some bridges where you have a nice view over the river and the lake on your left and right. At RP2 you drive over the Cheoah dam.

The legendary "Tail of the Dragon" starts from RP3, but first take a picture at the large metal statue of the Dragon, score a souvenir or a T-shirt in the souvenir shop and possibly have a drink and / or dinner in the restaurant.
Here is also the Deals Gap Motorcycle Resort, which also houses the monument "The Tree of Shame", to which we do not want to donate parts !!
There is also a motorbike rental company here.

"The Tail of the Dragon" or "Deals Gap" is a popular and internationally renowned destination for motorcycle and sports car enthusiasts, as the 11-mile (18 km) stretch in Tennessee would have 318 turns.
Some of the sharpest curves have names such as Copperhead Corner, Hog Pen Bend, Wheelie Hell, Shade Tree Corner, Mud Corner, Sunset Corner, Gravity Cavity, Beginner's End and Brake or Bust Bend. The road earned its name because it resembles the tail of a dragon.

At RP4 you can stop for a moment to enjoy the view of the "The Dragon".
With RP5 you have reached the end of "The Dragon". Possibly turn around and enjoy again.
At RP6 is Smokey Mountain Harley-Davidson dealer. A good place for fans to stop and score a T-Shirt.
You can refuel at RP7 and eat and drink at Hardees. After this short break we drive to Tellico Plains (RP9) where you can visit Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center or eat something at one of the local restaurants that serve everything from Southern barbecue, sandwiches to pizzas made in wood-fired pizza ovens and traditional American dishes.

In Tellico Plains also begins the Cherohala Skyway, which is definitely one of the most picturesque routes in The Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina.

The Telliquah Bridge is located at RP11, this is one of the most beautiful and recognizable attractions of Tellico Plains. Hundreds of tourists stop here every year to photograph the bridge. It is perhaps even the most photographed bridge in the state of Tennessee.
At RP12 we view the nearly 30 meter high "Bald River Falls" which is seen as one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the region.
In Robbinsville (RP15) you can stop at Lynn's Place to take a break and have a drink.
Stop RP16 to view the Big Wesser's fall.

This route with many beautiful views in the mountains is truly breathtaking. Stop at one of the many small parking spaces (overlooks) to enjoy or to go for a walk and picnic.

The "Dragon" and the Cherohala Skyway are rightly favorite routes for motorcyclists and sports car drivers due to the many curves and the beautiful landscape. Take your time and stop en route to enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

I have not driven this route yet, but still get 5 stars, because of the many positive messages on different forums and holiday sites.

The Telliquah Bridge
Bald River Falls
Useful links:
The Tail of the Dragon
Cherohala Skyway
Arial photage of the Cherohala Skyway
Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge and Resort

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North Carolina ( (listen)) is a state in the southeastern region of the United States. North Carolina is the 28th largest and 9th-most populous of the 50 United States. It is bordered by Virginia to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, Georgia and South Carolina to the south, and Tennessee to the west. Raleigh is the state's capital and Charlotte is its largest city. The Charlotte metropolitan area, with an estimated population of 2,569,213 in 2018, is the most-populous metropolitan area in North Carolina, the 23rd-most populous in the United States, and the largest banking center in the nation after New York City. The Raleigh metropolitan area is the second-largest metropolitan area in the state, with an estimated population of 1,362,540 in 2018, and is home to the largest research park in the United States, Research Triangle Park. North Carolina was established as a royal colony in 1729 and is one of the original Thirteen Colonies. North Carolina is named in honor of King Charles I of England who first formed the English colony, with Carolus being Latin for "Charles". On November 21, 1789, North Carolina became the 12th state to ratify the United States Constitution. In the run-up to the American Civil War, North Carolina declared its secession from the Union on May 20, 1861, becoming the last of eleven states to join the Confederate States. Following the Civil War, the state was restored to the Union on June 25, 1868. On December 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright successfully piloted the world's first controlled, sustained flight of a powered, heavier-than-air aircraft at Kill Devil Hills in North Carolina's Outer Banks. North Carolina uses the slogan "First in Flight" on state license plates to commemorate this achievement, alongside a newer alternative design bearing the slogan "First in Freedom" in reference to the Mecklenburg Declaration. North Carolina is defined by a wide range of elevations and landscapes. From west to east, North Carolina's elevation descends from the Appalachian Mountains to the Piedmont and Atlantic coastal plain. North Carolina's Mount Mitchell at 6,684 feet (2,037 m) is the highest-point in North America east of the Mississippi River. Most of the state falls in the humid subtropical climate zone; however, the western, mountainous part of the state has a subtropical highland climate.
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