Back of the Dragon

Experience the Back of the Dragon, 32 miles of excitement, with over 260 curves and elevations of up to 3,500 feet from the valley floor to the top of the mountain in Southwest Virginia! This unforgettable driving excursion extends across three remarkable mountains on State Route 16 between Frog Level in Tazewell County and Marion in Smyth County, Virginia. The Back of the Dragon is known for the challenge of its curves, the incredible panoramic vistas, and fresh mountain air. If the drive isn’t enough, travel back in time at Historic Crab Orchard Museum, explore the historic towns of Tazewell and Marion, check out the many species of birds and wildlife or have a picnic at Hungry Mother State park or Cavitt’s Creek Park/ Lake Jack Witten.