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Tail of the dragon

Postby rescue1042 » Sat May 14, 2016 6:22 am



so my big trip of this year is a week at smoky mountains and were staying at motel next to the tail of the dragon. so any one have tips or places to see and ride while there? will be there around july 6 or 7th


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Re: Tail of the dragon

Postby tfdeputydawg » Sat May 14, 2016 8:00 am

http://tailofthedragon.com/
This web sight has about all the info you need for that area!
The Cherohala Skyway is a good combo ride w/Deal's Gap.
I would strongly suggest you ride the Dragon during a weekday. To many wannabe road racers during the week ends. Also, the speed limit is well posted and should be observed not only for safety's sake but, to avoid tickets as the Dragon is well patrolled!
The Devil's Triangle is also a great ride.

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Re: Tail of the dragon

Postby thomba » Sat May 14, 2016 10:39 am

Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley. Vintage motorcycles. Worth seeing.
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Re: Tail of the dragon

Postby harvey01 » Sat May 14, 2016 1:42 pm

That area is full of places to go see. In many respects the whole area is a tourist mecca. perhaps the biggest draw is the Great Smokey Mountain national Park. There are several roads through the park or part of it and it is well worth the ride. On one side you have Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg and on the other you have Cherokee, NC. There is quite a resort/gambling facility there and of course Maggie Valley is a fun ride away to the museum.

If you ride the Cherohola Parkway which is a great ride, you come out at Tellico Plains. This area has several campgrounds and motels that are great places to stay and not as crowded.

If you are into canoeing or kayaking, you might want to slip down to Ocooee, TN and ride along the river where the Olympic competitions were held during the Atlanta Olympics.

As far as finding great roads to ride, pick a road and just go.
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Re: Tail of the dragon

Postby minimac » Sun May 15, 2016 7:21 am

You can ride the Tail as a practice session for the real ride in the area, the "Back of The Dragon".

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Re: Tail of the dragon

Postby eagle1wing » Sun May 15, 2016 9:04 pm

I have been riding the Smoky's for 12 years and have done the Dragon enough to last a life time. Be careful, stay away from the center line and take it easy. After your stay at the Dragon motel, ride South on NC 28 for about 15 miles to the Ironhorse Motorcycle Lodge (www.ironhorsenc.com). It is a motorcycle only lodge/campground. They serve breakfast daily and diner 5 nights a week. You will meet some interesting folks and learn a lot about the area. Can get fairly good maps there too.

On your way there, stop at Fontana Dam. It will be on your left headed south. Great info about the TVA and the dams throughout the area and it is on the Appalachian Trail. You can ride across the dam to an overlook. As for other rides... stay on NC 28 south to Franklin, then further south to Highlands, NC. On the way there are several waterfalls to stop and enjoy. Other roads to explore if you have a good map are...Wayah Rd between US 19/74 and US 64; Cherhola Skyway into Tenn; Tn 68 South into GA onto GA 60 all the way to Dahlonega, (GA 68 and TN60 will give you about 45 miles of twisties); GA 180 (Wolf Pen Gap Rd) runs east off GA 60 near Suches, GA; from 28 S just below Franklin is Elijay Rd (NC 1001 I think) to the left (it runs into NC 107, take it south to NC 281 and then south to US 64); US 129 and US 17 are main roads but parts of them are good. Good luck.

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Re: Tail of the dragon

Postby eagle1wing » Sun May 15, 2016 9:27 pm

Recuse 1042, if you have not ridden in the Smoky's before please be careful. Some of the roads I mentioned in my last reply are very technical. You can have a great time on these roads but they can be a bit dangerous. My caution about the Dragon would apply to all 2 lane mountain roads...stay away from the center line. Thanks.

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Re: Tail of the dragon

Postby rescue1042 » Mon May 16, 2016 5:48 am

Good info! Thank you :) I will check those out and truly remember the center line thing :) thank you!
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Re: Tail of the dragon

Postby eagle1wing » Mon May 16, 2016 8:46 am

You are welcome Rescue 1042. Have a great time.

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Re: Tail of the dragon

Postby Subhunter76 » Wed May 18, 2016 11:36 am

I think the Snake is a better road than the dragon, those hair pin turns on the dragon are not really that much fun. The parkway at the bottom has nice swooping curves though.

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Re: Tail of the dragon

Postby deanjenn » Wed May 18, 2016 3:24 pm

I'll second the ride it through the week, and not on weekend. If you stop at restaurant/gift shop, you can visit with others and find out about the road ahead.

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Re: Tail of the dragon

Postby rescue1042 » Wed May 18, 2016 5:29 pm

THank you guys for all the good comments i will take them to heart < thank you for the tips
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Re: Tail of the dragon

Postby marvincshepard » Sat Jul 02, 2016 7:34 pm

While your at the Dragon you need to eat at the Dillard house. I like the breakfast the best but all meals are good. Be careful you'll eat to much. I ate supper once and had to drive 165 or so home I was miserable. Drive safe have fun.
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Re: Tail of the dragon

Postby maintainer » Sun Jul 03, 2016 10:35 am

I loved that trip, did it multiple times got the t shirt. I stayed in the Two Wheel Inn right on 129, nice place with built in bike garages. Lots of other cool roads all around there Cherola Skyway, BRP, and even went down into northern Georgia too.

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