McDowell County was named after Governor James McDowell in 1858. The county is located in the most southern part of the West Virginia coalfields. McDowell was best known in its golden years as the coal power source for our nation. It fueled the steel industry and was responsible for making weapons and ships that won WWII.
The "Head of the Dragon" joins Back of the Dragon, Claw of the Dragon, and Tail of the Dragon to complete the Body of the Dragon motorcycle rides series in Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. The ride consists of 91 miles of McDowell County two lane country roads.