Drive the Tail of the Dragon
Friday, Sept 22
This one-day challenge will leave Asheville early to accommodate the 250+ mile drive that will get us to and from the end of the Tail. An early start will also help to minimize traffic at this popular attraction. The price of lunch will be paid individually as there will be location choices.
We will begin the day just off I-40 in Asheville at 7:15 AM. There will be a planned 10-minute stop at the Hwy 74 Rest Area, after which we will proceed to the Fontana Dam and Visitors Center for a 20-minute rest stop and visit.
From the Dam we will continue on NC28 to Deals Gap and the Dragon. We will drive both directions (22 miles and 636 curves!) on the Dragon after which drivers may opt to break off and rerun those 636 curves or stay with the group heading to lunch.
The return drive will offer an afternoon break and a brief look at the Nantahala Outdoor Center where kayaking, swift water rescue and wilderness survival skills are taught.
From the Nantahala Center we will drive back to the Omni Grove Park Inn for a quick nap before evening festivities and dinner!
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