Cherohala Skyway Map  (Printable Map (pdf))

This map covers the entire 41 mile long Cherohala Skyway in both Tennessee and North Carolina. There are no commercial enterprises along the entire route. Make sure you have enough fuel. The road can be impassible in the winter even for vehicles specially equipped for deep snow and icy roadways. Under severe conditions the road may be closed, but for the most part it remains open year round. Cell phone service is marginal at best. Emergency responders may be 30 minutes in arriving at accident scenes. The injured are usually flown out with costs exceeding $15,000. It is another 30 minutes to get to the ER. This is not a place to need help.

Dragon Elevation  (Printable Map (pdf))

Tail of the Dragon Elevation Map

Dragon Map  (Printable Map (pdf))

Tail of the Dragon Map with Mile Markers and Land Marks

Great Roads  (Printable Map (pdf))

This map highlights the best roads in western North Carolina, east Tennessee and north Georgia including Tail of the Dragon, Cherohala Skyway, Moonshiner28, Devils Triangle, Six Gap, Diamondback226, Blue Ridge Parkway, and more.

Dragon Cherohala Loop  (Printable Map (pdf))

This map shows the 120 mile Dragon/Cherohala Loop highlighted in yellow. An additional 20 miles includes part of Moonshiner 28 and Fontana Dam highlighted in orange. Remember there is no fuel on the Cherohala for 50 miles.

Tail of the Dragon Outlets are shown in GREEN DOTS. These businesses carry some of our products, but not all. Tail of the Dragon recommends the businesses shown by PURPLE DOTS.

Smoky Mountain Loop  (Printable Map (pdf))

Smoky Mountain National Park Loop is highlighted in yellow. It includes the Tail of the Dragon. Highlights include the Foothills Parkway, Little River Road, Gatlinburg, Great Smoky Mountains Nantional Park, Clingman’s Dome, Cherokee, Bryson City, Moonshiner 28 and Fontana Dam. Expect heavy traffic on Little River Road and US 441 through the Park.

The Cherohala/Dragon Loop is highlighted in purple. It includes the Tail of the Dragon, TN 72, TN 360, and the Cherohala Skyway. Highlights include the Dragon, Tellico Plains, Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, Robbinsville and the Cheoah River.

Ocoee Loop  (Printable Map (pdf))

This 79 mile loop includes some good back road twisties, scenery and interesting places to explore. SEE DETAILS

Dir fr Knoxville/Nashville  (Printable Map (pdf))

Take US 129 south. 55 miles, 1.5 hours travel time.

Take I-40 east, then I-140 east, then US 129 south. 223 miles, 5 hours travel time.
Alternate: Take I-40 east, then US 321 east, then US 129 south. 219 miles, 5 hours travel time.

US 129 south through Maryville, then US 411 south to Vonore, then TN 360 south to Tellico Plains. 60 miles, 2 hours travel time.

I-40 east, I-75 south, TN 68 south. 208 miles, 4.5 hours travel time.
Backroads: I-40 east to Crossville, then US 127 south, then TN 68 to Tellico Plains. 4.5 hours travel time.

Dir fr Asheville, NC  (Printable Map (pdf))

Directions to the Tail of the Dragon and Moonshiner 28 when coming from the Asheville/Waynesville area.

The fastest route is shown in yellow and is 104 miles from downtown Asheville with a travel time of 2 hours.

One scenic route via US 19 (Maggie Valley) and US 19/US 74 (Wesser/Nantahala Gorge) and then US 129 (Robbinsville) is 115 miles and 3 hours travel time.

Another scenic route via the Blue Ridge Parkway to Cherokee and then to the Dragon is 143 miles with a 4 hour travel time.

Dir fr Chattanooga TN  (Printable Map (pdf))

The fastest routes from Chattanooga are marked in yellow: (1) The I-75, Athens, Madisonville route is 117 miles with a 3 hour travel time. (2) The I-75, Cleveland Etowah, Madisonville route is 119 miles with a 3 hour travel time.

The back road routes are marked in purple: (1) The back road route of Cleveland, US 64, TN315, Tellico Plains is 135 miles with a 4 hour travel time. (2) The back road route of Cleveland, Ducktown Tellico Plains is 156 miles with a 4.5 hour travel time.

Gravel Wagon Train Road  (Printable Map (pdf))

This map highlights the Wagon Train Road AKA Stewart Cabin Road AKA Forest Road 81 (shown in yellow) which parallels the Cherohala Skyway (shown in red).  The entire route is well maintained Forest Service gravel road within the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness Area. It is closed in winter. This 11 mile back road is great for dual sports and jeep exploration. Standard vehicles can also use this road with little difficulty. Only licensed vehicles are allowed. Highlights include Santeetlah Creek, Stewart Cabin, camping/picnic spots, Swan Cabin Rental, Wolf Laurel Trailhead and Cherohala Skyway.

The Wolf Laurel Trailhead  provides the easiest hiking access to Stratton Bald, Naked Ground, Haoe Bald and Hangover.

Regional Law Enforcement Areas  (Printable Map (pdf))

Watch out for local law enforcement. This map shows the most common areas for radar.

LEOs on and near the Dragon usually set-up in straights where the unsuspecting rider/driver twists the throttle. They are also watching for passing on the double yellow.

In North Carolina the most likely radar spots are on the 4-lane highways, particularly US19/US74 near Bryson City and NC 28 near the Graham/Swain County line (4-lane).
Also take note that many locals have EMS/FIRE radios in their trucks and will call in high speed/reckless passing.