Roundtrip from Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge Stecoah through Smokey Mountains Gatlinburg and Cherokee National Forest
The Tail of the Dragon
This tour starts and ends in Stecoah at the Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge & Resort.
We take the Fontana Road (NC-28) which is already a nice drive with many curves.

The Tail of the Dragon starts from RP3. Here is a large metal statue of the Dragon, a souvenir shop, restaurant and Deals Gap Motorcycle Resort, which also houses the "Tree of Shame" monument, to which we do not want to donate parts. There is also a motorbike rental company here.

Tail of the Dragon or Deals Gap is a popular and internationally renowned destination for motorcycle and sports car enthusiasts, as the 11-mile (18 km) stretch in Tennessee would have 318 turns. Some of the sharpest curves have names such as Copperhead Corner, Hog Pen Bend, Wheelie Hell, Shade Tree Corner, Mud Corner, Sunset Corner, Gravity Cavity, Beginner's End and Brake or Bust Bend. The road earned its name because it resembles the tail of a dragon.

At RP4 you can stop for a moment to enjoy the view of the "The Dragon".
With RP5 you have reached the end of "The Dragon". Possibly turn around and enjoy again.

After "The Dragon" we take the Happy Valley Road, this is a narrow winding road through a beautiful green valley. At RP 8 we turn onto the Foothills Parkway, this is a road over the ridge with nice gentle curves. At Walland we take the E Millers Cove Road towards Walden Creek.

Via Jones Cove and Cosby we continue to Gatlinburg (RP14), this town has a lot to offer and is definitely worth planning an overnight stay and taking the time to take a good look at this town. Gatlinburg has a lot of special attraction and there is something for every age and all within walking distance. There are hundreds of hotels, motels, chalets and restaurants.

After Gatlinburg we drive back to the resort via Cherokee National Forest.

This area is very popular among motorcyclists and sports car drivers due to the many curves and the beautiful landscape. Take your time and stop en route to enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

I have not driven this route yet, but still get 5 stars, because of the many positive messages on different forums and holiday sites.

Foothills Parkway
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The Tail of the Dragon
Foothills Parkway
Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge and Resort

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North Carolina ( (listen)) is a state in the southeastern region of the United States. North Carolina is the 28th largest and 9th-most populous of the 50 United States. It is bordered by Virginia to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, Georgia and South Carolina to the south, and Tennessee to the west. Raleigh is the state's capital and Charlotte is its largest city. The Charlotte metropolitan area, with an estimated population of 2,569,213 in 2018, is the most-populous metropolitan area in North Carolina, the 23rd-most populous in the United States, and the largest banking center in the nation after New York City. The Raleigh metropolitan area is the second-largest metropolitan area in the state, with an estimated population of 1,362,540 in 2018, and is home to the largest research park in the United States, Research Triangle Park. North Carolina was established as a royal colony in 1729 and is one of the original Thirteen Colonies. North Carolina is named in honor of King Charles I of England who first formed the English colony, with Carolus being Latin for "Charles". On November 21, 1789, North Carolina became the 12th state to ratify the United States Constitution. In the run-up to the American Civil War, North Carolina declared its secession from the Union on May 20, 1861, becoming the last of eleven states to join the Confederate States. Following the Civil War, the state was restored to the Union on June 25, 1868. On December 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright successfully piloted the world's first controlled, sustained flight of a powered, heavier-than-air aircraft at Kill Devil Hills in North Carolina's Outer Banks. North Carolina uses the slogan "First in Flight" on state license plates to commemorate this achievement, alongside a newer alternative design bearing the slogan "First in Freedom" in reference to the Mecklenburg Declaration. North Carolina is defined by a wide range of elevations and landscapes. From west to east, North Carolina's elevation descends from the Appalachian Mountains to the Piedmont and Atlantic coastal plain. North Carolina's Mount Mitchell at 6,684 feet (2,037 m) is the highest-point in North America east of the Mississippi River. Most of the state falls in the humid subtropical climate zone; however, the western, mountainous part of the state has a subtropical highland climate.
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