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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-30-2015, 04:55 PM Thread Starter
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So went down to southern VA this weekend and rode the Back of the Dragon. for anyone that hasn't checked this out and is in the area it is a must ride... 32 miles of awesome curves and switchbacks up and down the mountains of southern Virginia. and its beautiful views as well. there are many stopping points and scenic looks along the way so you can easily split it up. now I just wish I had a go pro mounted so I could show off the ride. check it out online just google back of the dragon.

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-30-2015, 07:13 PM
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I've rode it twice and think it's great. Hwy 16 from Marion to Tazewell. Hwy 16 north of Tazewell is nice also.

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Thanks for posting this up! I am wanting to take a trip this year (if my elbow pain lets me), and did't want to do the Tail again. I will have to find somewhere west of the area to stay, and make the hwy 16 area a day to itself.
Any suggestions on lodging west of the area?



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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-31-2015, 10:48 AM
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I would stay in Marion or Tazwel... if you like camping there is Hungry Mother State Park right in Marion at the start of the Back of The Dragon. The back is not as well known as the Tail so prices are reasonable.
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Alrighty, I guess I have another ride destination!
Is there a Belly of the Dragon road somewhere?

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Only a few miles from the Back of the Dragon, you'll find the Snake. It's another awesome road. 421 The Snake - 33 Miles, 489 Curves, 3 Mountains, and 1 Valley

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Only a few miles from the Back of the Dragon, you'll find the Snake. It's another awesome road. 421 The Snake - 33 Miles, 489 Curves, 3 Mountains, and 1 Valley
I totally forgot about the snake. Road that years ago on a sport bike outing in 2009. Need to put that on my bucket list again.
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I live in Princeton and ride the back of the dragon several times a year. It's one of my favorite rides.
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It is great living in these neck of the woods, lots of great roads to ride on. Try route 80 out of saltville VA next time you are down this way.

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The Devil's whip is another great ride in the region, watch out for the "bridge turn", it is a lot worse then it looks.

I didn't make it South this year but I try to get down into VA, NC or Tenn every year to roll around for a few days. I need to get back to the Snake to check out the side roads and find the waterfalls.

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