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Tail of the Dragon

Route 129, Deal's Gap, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
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Type: Scenic Drives
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

I finally got to go after two aborted attempts and I'm glad I made it. The road lives up to the hype and if you're into spirited driving you have to drive it at least once in your life. At a spirited pace, it is unrelenting at the 318 turns come one right after the other. It lives up to... More

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Gloversville, New York
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115 reviews 115 reviews
19 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

When I approached retirement and got back into motorcycles, somebody told me about "the Dragon" and I had to go look it up. There was a lot to read, so pictures to thrill me and some to scare me; but it went on the list. Last fall I finally did the ride and found it well worth the trip. The... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014 via mobile

We ran into this mountain because of a wrong turn but I thank God I found it!!!!!!!!!!!!! Loved the drive! Amazing!

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

Visiting E.TN looking for houses and sight seeing when we stumbled upon the Tail of the Dragon...If we had been on a motorcycle it would have been the ride of a lifetime...alas, we were in a car and were wishing we had brought more dramamine! Little did we know that the only way to get back; was the same 318... More

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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81 reviews 81 reviews
19 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

Motorcyclists and car drivers from around the United States (and even some from around the world) come here to ride this twisty 11 mile stretch of road. I traveled from South Dakota on a bigger trip but made sure this was penciled in somewhere along the way. Wouldn't want to go super fast or pull a trailer through here as... More

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Union City, New Jersey, United States
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342 reviews 342 reviews
88 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

Awesome road. I didn't get to drive the entirety because it turned out to be further from Asheville than anticipated, but the part we did drive was excellent. The speed limit is plenty fast enough and we didn't see any cops and hardly any insane motorcyclists. Maybe it was the time, but 5pm in the fall seems perfect. Even 28... More

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Louisville, Kentucky
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32 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Sitting on the back of the Harley while my hubby drove, I kept nodding off from the to and fro of the curves. Have to do it while your in the smokies if you have a bike or convertible.

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Louisiana
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85 reviews 85 reviews
16 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

This is the second time I have slayed the dragon, so they call it. It is a lot of fun. It is a little near racking with the thrill seekers. I own a Harley cruiser and was in no rush to break a record unlike some of the other riders on the tail of the dragon. I really think they... More

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Savannah, Georgia, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

Own a motorcycle? Like an adrenaline rush? Then put this on your bucket list...ride the Tail of the Dragon from Deal's Gap in North Carolina to the Rock Overlook in Tennessee! It's the mecca of sport bike riders like Sturgis is for Harley Riders...318 curves in 11 miles! It's a ride like no other, a well maintained road with a... More

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Reeves, LA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

We didn't realize where we were until we were until we saw signs advertising shirts for the Tail of the Dragon and by then it was too late to turn around. It was dark, so we missed the views and we were stressed out trying to make the sharp turns in the dark. It makes a funny story now, but... More

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