Motorists who notice a fierce dragon statue with fiery red eyes know they are in for a thrilling ride. Located between Tennessee and North Carolina, the Tail of the Dragon, which is also known as the Dragon’s Tail, is a favourite destination for thrill-seekers from all over the world. US 129, also known as the Tail of the Dragon, has over 300 bends and no traffic lights, intersections, or stop signs, giving drivers plenty of room to maneuver. Drivers who love sports cars and motorcycle enthusiasts all travel to the Tail of the Dragon to show off their prowess in handling the road.
Pulling over and getting out to enjoy the surrounding scenery is ill-advised when driving on the narrow, winding roads of the Tail of the Dragon, but it’s quite common. It’s believed that September and October are the most popular months to drive the Tail of the Dragon, when the Cherokee National Forest turns into a stunning maze of gold, orange, and red trees.
For bikers, the Deals Gap Motorcycle Resort in North Carolina is a destination that is worth taking a break at. To pass the time, customers can enjoy an exciting dragon statue, modest-sized rooms, and scrumptious burgers. In addition to the aforementioned crashes, there is also a tree in Deals Gap that is covered in busted motorcycle parts recovered from incidents that occurred on the Tail of the Dragon. Even the most careless daredevil can’t forget the menace of the “tree of shame,” the evil conifer that constantly warns drivers on a path where the road is lined with hundreds of hairpin turns to be mindful about slowing down.
So, if you’re worried about getting scraped up on the roads, you can take a break in the scenic Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, which is located in the Tail of the Dragon. The beauty of the forest will cancel out your rush of adrenaline immediately.
via Unusual Places