Smokin’ Dragon Motorcycle Ride Professional Review and Guide
"Smokin’ Dragon takes its name from two of the finest riding destinations in the country—the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and a stretch of US 129 known simply as “the Dragon.” US 441 cuts through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with great scenery and no commercial traffic. The Dragon is internationally famous for 318 curves in 11 miles. Civil engineers were working overtime for bikers when these two roads were made! Views and cool roads aren’t the only things that make this ride great; Cherokee offers much to see and do. The 18-mile Foothills Parkway is closed to commercial traffic also, with good views of the Great Smokies to the east and the Tennessee Valley to the west.
This ride is extra long, so plan for a full day of adventure. Points of interest: Cherokee, NC: Cherokee Indian Reservation, casinos, food, the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, shopping galore. Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Oconaluftee and Sugarlands Visitor Centers, Tuckaleechee Caverns, Foothills Scenic Parkway, The “Dragon,” Deals Gap Motorcycle Resort and Campground (source of the “I Slayed the Dragon” t-shirts)."