A Dragon that Changes Color

Fall foliage season is nearly upon us, and at Deals Gap, better known as the Dragon, the changing colors turn the renowned stretch of road shades of red, orange, yellow and earthy tones, creating a vibrant backdrop.

The Dragon (US highway129), crosses North Carolina to Tennessee along an 11-mile stretch of road, meandering through the mountains beneath a canopy of trees, making it a not-to-miss-destination to enjoy the brilliant fall foliage in the scenic Smoky Mountains.


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Along the Dragon, the Overlook, located around mile marker nine, provides a breathtaking, panoramic view of the mountains, valley, lake and Calderwood Dam.

One of the benefits of visiting Deals Gap and the Dragon is that there are many other roads in close proximity to enjoy, especially during fall foliage season:

  • Foothill Parkway: Intersecting US 129 just miles from where the Dragon ends at Tab Cat Bridge is Foothills Parkway. This 16.9-mile stretch of road passes from Walland, Tennessee to Chilhowee Lake, and over Chilhowee Mountain. The road provides paved pull-offs and overlooks along the way with stunning views. Visitors along the parkway enjoy picnicking, relaxing or photography at the pull-offs. One of the popular destinations along Foothills Parkway is Look Rock, a natural observation ledge overlooking the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with 360-degree views.
  • Cherohala Skyway: Highway 143 (Cherohala Skyway) is another great road to experience while visiting the Dragon. With significant elevation gains, the views are amazing along the way. The road picks up in Robbinsville, North Carolina and ends in Tellico, Tennessee. Don't miss Indian Boundary, a lake surrounded by mountains with picnic shelters and a beach.
  • Moonshiner: Highway 28 (Moonshiner) connects at Deals Gap Motorcycle Resort, and provides a beautiful canopy of colorful leaves during the fall. For those who desire more sweeping, open curves, Moonshiner is a fun road and great fit.

When visiting Deals Gap Motorcycle Resort during fall foliage season, don't forget your camera! You'll enjoy photos with your motorcycle against the backdrop of colorful trees. The fresh mountain air is also chilly in the mornings and evenings during this season, so don't forget base layers and a jacket. Guests at Deals Gap Motorcycle will enjoy our fire pit in the evenings--a fun gathering place to escape the crisp air.

Now is the perfect time to book your trip to Deals Gap as space at our motel may fill up during this season. Our staff can also help you plan your trip so you can make the most of this beautiful season and fall colors. Contact Deals Gap Motorcycle Resort today at (800) 889-5550 or visit us at

Contact DGMR

17548 Tapoco Road, Robbinsville, NC, 28771.
US & Canada: 800-889-5550 | International: 828-498-2231

We Have It All

Welcome to the Official site for Deals Gap, Deals Gap Motorcycle Resort, The Dragon, and official and original Dragon t-shirts and items. Deals Gap Motorcycle Resort was established in 1981 at the head of the Dragon and quickly grew into a hub for all things Dragon, including our motel to stay at as you discover the area or ride the roads, a place to eat, have a beer or just hang out and watch the bikes and people. Thanks for visiting, and if you have any questions please feel free to contact us or come on by.

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