U.S. Route 129

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U.S. Route 129 marker

U.S. Route 129
Route information
Auxiliary route of US 29
Length: 582 mi[citation needed] (937 km)
Major junctions
South end:
US 19 / US 27 Alt. / US 98 in Chiefland, FL
  I‑10 near Live Oak, FL
I‑75 near Jasper, FL
I‑16 in Macon, GA
I‑20 in Madison, GA
I‑85 near Jefferson, GA
I‑985 / US 23 / SR 365 in Gainesville, GA
US 19 / SR 9 in rural Lumpkin County, GA
US 64 / US 74 near Murphy, NC
US 19 / US 74 near Andrews, NC
I-140 in Alcoa, TN
North end: I-40 in Knoxville, TN
Highway system

U.S. Route 129 (US 129) is an auxiliary route of US 29, which it intersects in Athens, Georgia. US 129 currently runs for 582 miles (937 km) from an intersection with US 19/US 27 ALT/US 98 in Chiefland, Florida, to an interchange with Interstate 40 (I-40) in Knoxville, Tennessee. It passes through the states of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. It goes through the cities of Macon, Athens, Gainesville, and Knoxville.

The section that is located beside Deals Gap on the North Carolina–Tennessee state line is known as The Dragon or The Dragon's Tail from its winding course. It is a popular motorcycle and sports car destination. This segment runs from Tab Cat Creek to Deals Gap and has about 318 curves.

Route description[edit]


A US 129 shield used in Florida prior to 1993

US 129 begins at US 19/US 27 Alternate/US 98 in Chiefland, Florida, along hidden SR 47 until it reaches SR 26 in Trenton. From there, the road is signed along hidden SR 49. It then moves west, briefly overlapping US 27 (hidden SR 20) and heads north again in Branford, before that road intersects SR 349, which used to also serve as US 129 Alternate. From here, it intersects with US 90/SR 51 in Live Oak, taking SR 51 as the new hidden state road, then meets I-10 at exit 283, and later I-75 at exit 451. During a concurrency with US 41 in Jasper, US 129 loses SR 51 as a hidden route after the concurrency ends and runs northwest along SR 100 into Georgia.


This section is about the current U.S. Highway. For the current state highway, see Georgia State Route 129.

US 129 provides the primary route between central Georgia and Athens. It approaches Athens from the south where it joins SR 10 Loop, a mostly interstate-grade bypass that rings Athens-Clarke County. Here US 129 turns right, toward the northeast, where it runs concurrently with US 78/US 29/US 441/SR 15 (and unsigned SR 422) along the bypass. US 129 intersects with US 29 northeast of Athens and continues along SR 10 Loop westward before exiting at Jefferson Road where it winds northwesterly towards Gainesville as one of several routes to I-85 from Athens.

North Carolina[edit]

From the Georgia state line, it travels northeast to Topton, where it goes north to Robbinsville followed by Tennessee, through Deals Gap.


US Highway 129 enters Tennessee to the west of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and rides along Chilhowee Lake for a short distance before turning due north. In this eleven mile (18 km) stretch after the Tennessee-North Carolina state line, drivers will encounter 318 curves. These curves make this stretch of highway a well known motorcycle/sports car destination named the Tail of the Dragon.[1] On weekends, through Spring to the Fall months, visitors are likely to see numerous riders and drivers here to experience the thrill and scenery. 129 then runs due north, becoming the Alcoa highway and passing through the city of Maryville, Tennessee. It travels through Alcoa, Tennessee, passing by McGhee Tyson Airport, and then intersecting Interstate 140. 129 then crosses the Tennessee River on the James E. "Buck" Karnes Bridge into Knoxville. Shortly thereafter, US 129 becomes a limited access highway for a short distance. It has an interchange with U.S. Route 70 immediately after entering Knoxville. Shortly thereafter, US 129 reaches its northern terminus at an interchange with Interstate 40.

In popular culture[edit]

U.S. 129 is mentioned in the popular country song Bottoms Up by Brantley Gilbert: "I see you and me riding like Bonnie and Clyde, Goin 95 burning down 129."

See also[edit]


  1. ^ TailoftheDragon.com

External links[edit]

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