Marion to Tazwell - The Back of the Dragon, a 29 mile long section of VA 16 runs north / south between the towns of Marion and Tazwell, Virginia. Climbing up and down the mountain ridges along the way it holds both sweeping curves in the valleys and tight and twisty sections carving through the rocky cuts in the high parts. There is little along the way, a few homes and farms. Most of it is wooded passing through Hungry Mother State Park at the south end. It is a useful road, one of the nicest ways to traverse this area, easy to work into your travel plans. Over the years it has been popularized and marketed as a motorcycle destination ride. The hub of this motorcycle related activity is at the north end in Tazwell where the Back of the Dragon Visitor Center opened a new facility in 2020. Several good rides connect to it and there is some great riding in the surrounding area.
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Wayne leads a motorcycle ride with Facebook friends out of Old Fort, North Carolina with a goal to show these experienced riders roads and sights they've not seen before. Heading south, he takes them on little known backroads through Lake Lure, Saluda, Rosman, with stops at roadside waterfalls along the way. The beautiful fall colors take them into South Carolina and ultimately to the Blue Ridge Parkway.
111 miles of awesome expert level twisty mountain backroads. Definitely NOT recommended for new riders or those who are not experienced with mountain riding. All paved. Avoids almost all the towns, very little time on major roads.