The Gravel Dragon forest service road over the mountain to Andrews, NC. Includes a short hike to Joanna Bald Fire Tower.
Exploring the roads of southwest Virginia including Back of the Dragon, VA16 and other trails of the Claw of the Dragon.
The creation of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park in the 1920s and 1930s resulted in many homesteaders being evicted from their lands. The construction of Fontana Dam (1942-44) created Fontana Lake which flooded the existing roadway NC288 and many of the small ghost towns along the route. What remained on the north side of the new lake in the National Park were cemeteries and ruins of homesteads, logging operations and mining towns.
Searching for the Gatlinburg Moonshine Distilleries and a drive through the Smoky Mountain National Park.
US 129 was constructed as a branch route of US 29 from Gainesville Georgia to Macon Georgia in the 1926-1934 time period. It was extended north to Knoxville Tennessee circa 1935 and south to Chiefland Florida 1940-1948. The route was at one time designated to extend northerly to Corbin Kentucky, but it was either never constructed or never signed. The route has changed over the years in some areas such as the NC State line to Topton and the Maryville to Knoxville 4-lane sections.
Tour both the famous US-129 Tail of the Dragon and TN165/NC143 Cherohala Skyway. Twisties, sweepers, mile high elevation, waterfalls, and more. One of the most scenic tours in the region, 123 Miles/4 Hours Travel Time.
Tail of the Dragon, Foothills Parkwy, through the Great Smoky Mountain National Park on Little River Road and US441, Moonshiner 28 back to the Dragon. Total 141 Miles/5 Hours Travel Time.