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post #1 of 8 Old 05-06-2010, 10:21 AM Thread Starter
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Should we avoid Tail of the Dragon

Will be in Smoky mountains later in May. Will be driving from Cades Cove to 129 (Dragon) on Parsons Branch. Just a gravel road but always more fun in the TJ. Anyway, It's been years since I've been down that way and wanted to see if 129 should be avoided at all since it seems to have become a motorcycle and sports car mecca. I don't have a problem with the bikes, just don't want to get in the way since I doubt I would drive it as fast as they may want.


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post #2 of 8 Old 05-06-2010, 11:27 AM
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Yep, you got it. Motorcycle clusterfart. I'd avoid it.

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post #3 of 8 Old 05-06-2010, 07:47 PM
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weekday or weekend? i had a honda S2000 years ago. theres isnt a terrible amount of traffic up there during the week unless it is a holiday. If you go there on a weekend keep your head on swivel and be prepared to be ridiculed by Killboy for driving a Jeep out there! Even if you didnt want to deal with the 2 wheelers at the Tail. I would still go up there to check out Fontana!

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post #4 of 8 Old 05-06-2010, 08:55 PM
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At the gap there be dragons! ha ha ha ha! I seen that sayin on a t shirt at deals gap motorcycle store.

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post #5 of 8 Old 05-07-2010, 06:37 AM
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It appears that the Tail of the Dragon is currently closed due to a rockslide. Here's a website where you can check the current status. In general, law enforcement is really heavy on the Tail of the Dragon, so I wouldn't worry about slowing anybody down--the local constabulary will do that for you.

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post #6 of 8 Old 05-08-2010, 03:51 AM
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You may see me up there..... If I see a 4x4 thats modified, I usually stop and chat with them coming off Parsons Branch....

Just use pull offs. We spent a lot of time cleaning the roads, and sending letters for TDOT to pave our fancy pull offs, so use them and let faster traffic pass. Its not that bad, just keep your eyes on the road, and stay between the lines. When you get to the overlook, stop and look around. Its beautiful up there.

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post #7 of 8 Old 06-01-2010, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
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Update: Drove Parsons Branch to 129 on Tuesday the 25th. Had Parsons Branch to ourselves and actually was kinda fun for not needing 4wd. The Dragon was a big suprise. Most enjoyable and fun paved road I've ever driven. Lite traffic and was actually behind a couple of bikes most of the way to Deals Gap. Not sure if it's sacralige, but I would suggest that this is a must do road even for a jeep, especially with top down. The undulating and banked curves brought a bit of sports car out of the old TJ.

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post #8 of 8 Old 06-02-2010, 12:50 PM
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I always hate going up 129 at Deal's Gap in North Georgia. I have to make sure I don't run over motorcycles and cyclist.

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