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Old 08-19-2018, 07:07 PM   #1
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Suggestions for avoiding the Tail of The Dragon

We are planning a multi-stop month long camping trip at the end of September. During the course of our adventure, we will be leaving Whittier, NC (between Bryson City and Cherokee) and traveling to Townsend TN for a few days. We have been in both areas numerous times but we always end up on the Tail of The Dragon while traveling between the two and I want to MAKE SURE that DO NOT do that pulling my TT. I don't mind going "waaay" out of my way to do it, I just want to get from Whittier to Townsend while avoiding the Tail altogether. Suggestions appreciated!!!
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Old 08-19-2018, 09:25 PM   #2
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You can run from Cherokee to Pigeon Forge on 441 and right at Sugarlands Visitors center take a left. At the end of the road turn right and go to Townsend TN. There is signs there. Or you can stay on 441 until you come to the Gailtnburg cutoff. Take that road to Pigeon Forge. Stay on 441 until you come to 321, take 321 to Townsend. Thatís Wears Valley Road. Park road is 45 but you miss all that traffic in Pigeon Forge. I have took my Cedar Creek on the park road
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Old 08-20-2018, 01:37 PM   #3
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Dragon and Trailer, two words that don't work well together! Amazing that this was and is a US highway that thousands of TT and even Tractor trailers have and still do traverse!
It was the weirdest sight riding motorcycles and see a tractor trailer rig with tractor crossing into your lane in a turn, part of the trailer in the turn and the back half still behind around the corner! I couldn't imagine towing a TT through there.
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Old 08-20-2018, 01:47 PM   #4
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Dragon and Trailer, two words that don't work well together! Amazing that this was and is a US highway that thousands of TT and even Tractor trailers have and still do traverse!
It was the weirdest sight riding motorcycles and see a tractor trailer rig with tractor crossing into your lane in a turn, part of the trailer in the turn and the back half still behind around the corner! I couldn't imagine towing a TT through there.
Tractor trailers are forbidden on the road but it still happens occasionally.
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Old 08-20-2018, 02:06 PM   #5
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Tractor Trailers are restricted to less than 30 ft. on US 129, State Patrol loves to watch for crotch rockets with a death wish and trailers violating length ordinance. It hasn't always been that way... Before 2014 if it could hook up and be towed you'd likely see it.
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Tractor Trailers are restricted to less than 30 ft. on US 129, State Patrol loves to watch for crotch rockets with a death wish and trailers violating length ordinance. It hasn't always been that way... Before 2014 if it could hook up and be towed you'd likely see it.

Depends on which side you are on.


2015 - TENNESSEE HAS FINALLY BANNED TRUCKS ON THE DRAGON
It has taken 15 years, numerous accidents, close calls, and a motorcyclist death to finally get the Late Great State of Tennessee to ban trucks on this stretch of highway. You can see by the photos we have collected over the years that these transports just do not belong here not only for the good of other people on the road, but for their own safety.
Signs have been installed restricting vehicles more than 30 feet in length and trucks with trailers more than 30 feet in length. Watch it though, we still see trucks sneaking through. If caught the drivers will lose their CDL. So if you see one approaching the Dragon advise them to turn around.


https://tailofthedragon.com/trucks-on-the-dragon/
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Old 08-20-2018, 02:30 PM   #7
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Hey, Happy!

You'll be coming to my home; let me know if you need anything while in the area. Oh, and coffee's usually on!



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Old 08-20-2018, 07:17 PM   #8
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Hey, Happy!

You'll be coming to my home; let me know if you need anything while in the area. Oh, and coffee's usually on!



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Wonderful! Thank you! We love your town, have been going there for over 30 years. Still as sweet, quaint, clean and gorgeous as it was the first time we visited. And the people, all like you, so kind and welcoming.
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Old 08-20-2018, 07:56 PM   #9
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Hm. Maybe asking too much....any way to avoid going through the mountains a majority of the trip? Just thinking about the parkway, some of the mountain roads are nearly as bad as the Tail.

Maybe I should explain.... last Fall we took my brand new Mustang convertible up to Townsend to see the leaves changing. It was just starting to rain, I was trying to climb a tall hill to get to a cabin and when I turned to follow the curve of the road, my car slid backwards, landing with both rear wheels on the edge of a cliff and the front two wheels literally in the air. It was horrifying. Long story, but in the end, luckily I was able to be rescued by a kind local in a 4WD - he hooked up to my front axle and pulled me off the edge.

So this is the first time I am towing in the mountains since that incident. I have been towing campers through the Smokies for years and years, but, I admit, now I am nervous. I know that doesn't help; I'm sure once I get up there it will be fine. But if I can travel from Whittier to Townsend avoiding the tail AND avoiding crossing through the mountains, I am game for that, even if it adds a ridiculous amount of time to my trip. ???
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Old 08-21-2018, 04:39 PM   #10
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Is this an open invitation? We will be there in October!
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