not sure what you are referring to with Tail of the Dragon?
We entered the park through Gatlinburg. Drove a small portion of the Little River Rd to access a trail head. Then turned around to drive the Newfound Gap Rd. Did the hike at the top to the observation platform (Clingman's Dome). Then spent the night in Cherokee. Next morning used part of the Blue Ridge Parkway to get to Balsam Mtn Rd. Then drove down to Charleston, SC that night after visiting some family in Asheville, NC on the way.
Really a short visit in the park.
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