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Old 09-10-2016, 09:08 PM   #1
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My 2016 White Hawk 25BHS made it through US129 The Dragon

Just got back from a vacation in the Smoky Mountain National forest. On the way there we went through Pigeon Forge and up the National Park drive to Cherokee,NC. The drive down that road was crazy. 360 degree turns, tunnels, slow drivers, etc.

So we tried another way home with GPS. Well the nav system took us right to the heart of US129 "The Dragon". We popped on it at what was called "The Tail of the Dragon." 318 turns in 11 miles. There was huge signs saying The road is restricted to all semis and all trailers over 30'. Heavy fines will incur if caught. My trailer was 29' end to end. Barely legal.

I had never heard of this road before. We saw bikers everywhere. There was a one biker restaurant at the turn. We stopped to see what was up. They all looked and me and my family like we were crazy. We made sure to buy a magnet for the RV fridge once we found out what we were in for.

The drive was freaking awesome. There was 4 tents taking pictures of bikes and vehicles going down the road at various locations.

Pretty sure my towing skills equal master class after that drive. My 2015 Ram 1500 Crew Cab 5.7 hemi pulled up and down that road like a champ. My wife and I started making jokes at every gas station with tiny parking lots we stopped at after that saying, "This ain't nothing, we got this."
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Old 09-10-2016, 09:12 PM   #2
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This is one of the photos from the booth we are going to buy.
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Old 09-10-2016, 09:28 PM   #3
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Sounds like it was an awesome time! Pic looks great too...
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Sounds like it was an awesome time! Pic looks great too...
It was a great time. Stayed at Yogi in the Smokies campground for 6 nights. Middle of the mountains. No cell service, no radio stations, and our site backed up to the river. 15 hours each way was the only bummer from KCMO to Cherokee, NC.

My parents took me to the KOA down the road when I was younger. It was cool taking my kids to the same spot.
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Awesome pic!! Kinda cool they do that. Glad you guys had a good time.
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Old 09-11-2016, 02:01 AM   #6
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great drive

That highway is a great attraction/destination for anyone that enjoys riding a motorbike or driving a sports car. About 12 years ago before the wife, the two kids and the life I love now I spent three exciting days driving a modified Miata on US129 at Deals Gap. A neat bonus was getting to see the dam used in the movie The Fugitive staring Harrison Ford. Got to be one of the best drives east of the Mississippi.
Great job keeping the Jayco on the blacktop and out of the trees. I have never pulled a camper on the Dragon, but after entering the GSMNP on the Townsend entrance road a couple of years ago heading to Elkmont GC, I feel like I would be up to the challenge.
Thanks for sparking some fond memoirs with your story.
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Old 09-11-2016, 06:43 AM   #7
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wow very gutsy. i live 5 mins away from the dragonon the tenn side. drive that trail once a month.. kids cant handle it anymore... lmao

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Those are the memories that folks that don't do this stuff will never understand,

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We drove it up and back in July when we were there. Saw a wrecker pulling a bike out of one of the valleys. Never heard what happened to the driver.


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I'm guessing you didn't make any friends with your trailer on the dragon. I have driven on the dragon 3 or 4 times and there is no way you could make many of the turns without dragging across the middle line, very dangerous for drivers coming from the other direction. I would encourage fellow forum members to drive the dragon only after dropping your TT or 5'er at a nearby CG. Fun is fun but this road has restrictions for a reason. Just imagining the mess you would have been in with a breakdown pulling a 29' TT. We towed on the dragon years ago pulling a pup. It was before GPS and our first trip on that side of the NP. Once you're on the dragon there is no turning back. Don't recommend the dragon with a trailer of any length.
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