BACK OF THE DRAGON

Welcome to 32 miles of the most exciting and technical road you will ever ride – The Back of the Dragon. You'll find unmatched beauty and riding enjoyment on Virginia's  Route 16, the two-lane ribbon over the three mountain range between Marion and Tazewell, Virginia. Take this ride and earn your place amongst the "Dragon Masters" and those who aspire to be.

 

What began as a passion for motorcycle riding and a love for an amazing stretch of highway has turned an idea into a trail, a business and an event! In October, 2010, a recently retired Army Master Sargent, enthusiastically marched into the Tazewell County Office of Economic Development and Tourism with an idea that he had been considering... He was carrying a large rendering of a medieval dragon in one hand and a motorcycle helmet in the other. "Route 16 is a natural for motorcycles and sports cars," he exclaimed. "With elevations of 3,500 feet, there are 32 miles of 438 winding curves, some of which are 15 mile-per-hour curves; and once you get to the top, the views are amazing!" And that, my friends, is how the Back of the Dragon was born.  

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The entirety of Back of the Dragon runs along Route 16 from Marion, Virginia to Tazewell, Virginia.

Once you’ve conquered the Dragon, why not explore more twists and turns for a truly unforgettable ride!  These two routes will lead you through some of the most beautiful scenery our backroads of Appalachia have to offer. Give ‘em a look…

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For more information about The Back of the Dragon, visit the official Dragon Website.

LODGING

Cavitt's Creek Park Campground - Tazewell

750 Recreation Dr. | 276-988-7250

Comfort Inn - Bluefield

38769 Gov. GC Peery Hwy. | 276-326-3688

Cottage at Crab Orchard - Tazewell

3663 Crab Orchard Rd. |  276-988-6755

Cuz's Cabins - Pounding Mill

15746 Gov. GC Peery Hwy. | 276-964-9014

Fincastle Motor Inn - Tazewell

1690 Fincastle Turnpike | 276-988-2531

Foxtail Orchard Cabins & Campground - Tazewell

148 Macky Ln. | 434-390-9594

Holiday Inn Express - Claypool Hill

180 Clay Drive | 276-596-9880

Journey Cabin on Clinch River Farms - Pounding Mill

630 Estates Drive | 276-971-4518

Katy's Kottages - Bluefield

550 Williams Street | 276-945-2033

 

Parsonage Guest House - Burkes Garden

7322 Burkes Garden Rd. |  276-970-6862

Real McCoy Cabins - Pocahontas

156 Wood Smoke Way | 276-945-3106

 

Red Dirt ATV Resort - Bluefield

214 Dunn Road | 304-922-8160

Super 8 Motel - Claypool Hill

12367 Gov. GC Peery Hwy. | 276-207-8829

The Cabin at Little Creek - Burkes Garden

Burke's Garden Road | 888-829-7076


Trailhead ATV Resort - Boissevain

465 Miners Park Lane | 276-945-3089

DINING

Cuz's Uptown Barbeque - Pounding Mill

15746 Gov GC Peery Hwy. | 276-964-9014

Double Gates Grocery - Bluefield

401 Mountain Lane | 276-326-2132

Fisher and Company - Tazewell

1735 Pisgah Road | 276-385-1150

Italian Village - Tazewell

817 E Fincastle Turnpike | 276-988-6572

Mattie's Place - Tazewell

920 Gose Mill Road | 276-472-2222

Old Virginia Chophouse - Tazewell

203 Main Street | 276-979-4451

S'Mothered Bake Shop - Tazewell

113 Shire Lane | 276-979-4520

Savory Flavors - Bluefield

1204 Virginia Ave. | 276-322-7179

Shogun Sushi Hibachi Thai - Bluefield

512 Commerce Drive | 276-322-7666

The Bearded Dragon - Tazewell

592 Main Street | 276-202-1794

The Front Porch on Main - Tazewell

254 Main Street | 276-988-6093

The Well Coffee Shop - Tazewell

168 Main Street | 276-385-1103

Your Grate Escape - Tazewell

2871 East Fincastle Drive | 276-988-7867

ATTRACTIONS

21. Channels State Forest Preserve

Brumley Gap Road, Abingdon, VA

276-236-2322

 

22. Ellenbrook Museum

700 Hayters Gap Road, Lebanon, VA

276-880-2226

24. Vincent’s Vineyard

2313 Main Street, Lebanon, VA

276-889-2505

28. Cedar Bluff Overlook

255-299 Hurt Buggy Road, Cedar Bluff, VA
 

29. Hungry Mother State Park

2854 Park Boulevard, Marion, VA

276-781-7400
 

30. Plum Creek Winery

5418 Thompson Valley Road, Tazewell, VA

276-988-9792
 

31. Crab Orchard Museum & Pioneer Park

3663 Crab Orchard Road, Tazewell, VA

276-988-6755
 

32. Cavitt’s Creek Lake Witten

750 Recreation Dr., North Tazewell, VA

276-988-7250

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