Posted by: harleyhawk43 | May 10, 2016

Our trip from Zion in Utah to Great Smokey National Park in Tennessee

When last you heard from us, we were in Zion N.P. in Utah from 4/7 to 4/20. This is our favorite N.P. and this was our third time there. Two weeks however was enough and we decided it was time to move on and continue heading East towards our home state, Massachusetts.IMG_20160407_184307_520

(Almost ready to leave Zion)



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We wanted to visit a few more areas out West before making a beeline home but the weather throughout the West was showing a week of rain no matter where we headed. What to do? We didn’t want to head home yet because our summer campground doesn’t open until May 1 and the weather in New England can really be dismal in early May. The light bulb finally went off and we decided to head to The Great Smokey Mountain N.P. in TN. This is near the infamous Dragon’s Tail road in Deal’s Gap and is a favorite with motorcycle thrill seekers (318 hairpin turns in 11 miles!). I had been there about 9 years ago, but Red Fox had not. So off we went.

It took us 7 days to get there and we did the usual overnight stays at Motel Walmart each night. Here is a quick summary-

4/21-Zion Utah to Winslow AZ

4/22-Winslow AZ to Edgewood N.M.

4/23-Edgewood N.M. to Amarillo TX

4/24-Amarillo TX to Henryetta OK

4/25-Henryetta OK to Conway AR

4/26-Conway AR to Dickson TN

4/27-Dickson TN to Townsend TN-Caves Cove Campground 


We would have been there in 6 days, but we had 2 blowouts on 4/25 and had to get 4 new tires.



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Order both books and get a free DVD of your choice. The DVD will show the “Kids” riding their “Wild Hogs” at a fabulous National Park. Choose from Bear Tooth Highway or Zion.


Other excitement along the way-

  1. A big steak and cowboy beans dinner at the Big Texan Steakhouse in Amarillo.
  2. Local redneck boys all showing off their glass-pack mufflers in the Walmart parking lot until 10:30 p.m.
  3. Long, 7 mile windy/hilly back road off route 40 to get to the Dickson TN Walmart
  4.  Long, very narrow, very steep, 9 mile road from Townsend TN to the campground in G.S.M.N.P.


(Our campsite in G.S.M.N.P)

This campground is one of the quietest we have ever been in and was the most beautifully wooded area we had ever visited. It was a very tight squeeze getting into one of the few sites large enough for the Wolfpack, but we managed after a few tries and a minor dent in the front, right side of the pickup.The weather was iffy and we had to get the Hogs out on the road right away. We rode for 2 days and then hiked and bicycled for 2 days, due to severe thunderstorms predicted for days 3 and 4.

Our first day of riding was on the Dragon’s Tail and our second day was over the mountains to Maggie’s Valley (where I had stayed in 2007? with my Manomet Mystery Rider Club).

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(In front of the “Dragon” next to the local Harley Shop)


(The Tree of Shame at the end of the Dragon Tail, in Deal’s Gap N.C.)

Here are 3 video clips from the Dragon Tail ride, including rare footage of Hawk riding (Red Fox reluctantly agreed to wear the video cam)

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Bicycling on Cades Cove Loop

There is a beautiful 11 mile loop road adjacent to our campground in GSMNP. We rode it on our 3rd day there and it was one of the most beautiful rides we had ever taken. It was like going back to the early 1900s. When the park was established they preserved all the cabins and out buildings. Here are some pictures of that ride, including some up close bear shots.

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Our campground-Cades Cove Campground

Here are several shots of our idyllic campground. It was the quietest, most serene campground we have stayed in and quite a change from the campgrounds out West.

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After 5 great days at GSMNP, we packed up and headed for our summer camp in Brant Rock MA. We arrived home to typical gloomy New England Spring weather with the temperature dropping to 41 on our second night home. But that’s a story for our next posting.


(Hawk and Karen’s two books are available at

363 Full color pictures!



  1. Sounds like a fantastic trip. It was great meeting you on Watchman’s Trail in Zion. Zom and Lesley from Steamboat

    • Thank you. And thanks for following us. Watchman’s seems a million miles away now!

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