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WORLD'S ONLY KNOWN MOTORCYCLE PARTS TREE
Located in Tapaco, North Carolina
Contributed by Rod & Judy Ness of Hermantown, Minnesota
Motorcycle Parts Tree
Judy Ness

"The Dragon" is one of the most famous sections of curvy, mountain roads in the United States. This scenic road bends around the western edges of Great Smoky National Park along US-129 between Tapaco, North Carolina and Calderwood, TN. The Dragon is an eleven-mile stretch of road that boasts 318 turns, many of them steep hairpins. At the southern end of the Dragon sits the Deals Gap Motorcycle Resort, which is also home to a little-known distant cousin of that well-documented North American native, the shoe tree.

This odd -- and apparently deciduous -- tree is a living tribute to the motorcycle enthusiasts who have faced the fury of The Dragon. (Scroll down for a close-up picture.) Bits and pieces of bikes that the Dragon has mauled have found new life -- nay, immortality! -- on a tree in the parking lot of the Deals Gap motel.

Location:
The Deals Gap Motorcycle Resort is located at 17548 Tapoco Road, Tapoco, NC 28771, which is where US-129 crosses NC state road 28.

GPS Coordinates: N35*27.968' by W083*55.174'

More information about the Motorcycle Resort

Current road conditions and more photos of The Dragon

Aerial View of The Dragon" taken from 10,000 feet


Motorcycle Parts Tree
Judy Ness

Photographed by Judy Ness 2/13/08
Posted on RoadTrip America 2/08



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