“Not The Tail of the Dragon” is a twisty, scenic, safe motorcycle ride through Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee and South Carolina, United States.
Mike Harness
Mike Harness
September 17, 2023

Includes parts of north GA US 19, Cherohola, and Moonshiner 28--makes for an excellent, scenic, and challenging motorcycle ride. Plan your trip when it's warm and dry though because it wouldn't be worth a spit if it's not.

This ride omits the Tail of the Dragon though, which was not worth the risk for an old man like me on a bagger and too crowded and dangerous on the weekend. The rest of this loop is just as good, maybe better, and much longer anyway so you won't be missing much.

From FL, take I-75 north to I-475 around Macon to I-75 north to Atlanta to I-85 north to GA 400 to US 19. If traffic's a problem in Atlanta, take I-285 to US 19 instead.

It's a four-day trip. I spend a day getting there from St Petersburg, about 600 miles, and stay in Blairsville GA for three nights. Ride the loop one way on the 2nd day, the other way the 3rd day, and head back to St Petersburg on the 4th day.

ride visits Blairsville, Friendship, Coker Creek, Tellico Plains, Robbinsville, Lake Santeetlah and 9 other places.
On Road
Excellent surface
  • Blairsville

    at 25km
  • Entering North Carolina

  • Friendship

    at 62km
  • Entering Tennessee

  • Coker Creek

    at 99km
  • Tellico Plains

    at 113km
  • Entering North Carolina

  • Robbinsville

    at 197km
  • Lake Santeetlah

    at 205km
  • Fontana Village

    at 239km
  • Tuskeegee

    at 253km
  • Franklin

    at 314km
  • Cullasaja

    at 321km
  • Highlands

    at 344km
  • Entering South Carolina

  • Long Bottom Ford

    at 368km
  • Entering Georgia

  • Clayton

    at 408km
  • Batesville

    at 445km
  • Helen

    at 462km
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