Tail Of The Dragon & Other Driving Twisties

Considered by many as THE best 11 miles (with 318 curves!) of road in the country…
Drive the Tail of the Dragon

Scenic Fall shot of the Tail of the Dragon

I found Lateral G – it’s dedicated to finding, publishing & thoroughly documenting public roads you can drive enthusiastically.  Here’s a graphic of the Tail of the Dragon from their site.

Les res image of topographical view of the Tail of the Dragon

Tail of the Dragon at Deal’s Gap, NC is the Official Web Site for US129 Deals Gap, Cherohala Skyway, and other incredible roads.

One good turn deserves another...

They provide this great detailed map – as always, click to enlarge…

Detailed Tail of the Dragon map - click to enlarge!

There are a number of sinuous, windy roads throughout the Carolinas & Tennessee that makes for local driving enthusiasm… For a cross country USA take, AutoWeek published a good review of fun drives across the USA: The 50 Best U.S. Driving Routes

50 Best U.S. driving routes graphic from AutoWeek

Back in 2003, while in NC, I drove down this windy, spirited road just off the Blue Ridge Highway – Buck Creek Road/ Highway 80 (or was it Curtis Creek Road/State Road 1227 ?) in North Carolina.  This was in a big Buick rental car (the Regal, I think).  That damn thing plowed like a son-of-a-gun…

NC Twisties off of Blue Ridge Highway...

But, good golly, that would be an awesome 15 minute drive today, in Karlino, while enjoying (maybe) the colors of Fall foliage.  Gotta be careful…

Slow for Fall beauty...

Locally, the Texas Hill Country offers many twisty driving opportunities.  My favorite curvy/twisty sections of the nearby outskirts of San Antonio, TX are the Tejas Trail & “Park Road” 37.  Karlino & I have yet to venture further, though.  I know there are MANY more out there!

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Dan

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