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Deals Gap is a small unincorporated community and motorcycle resort in Swain County, North Carolina, United States. It is located along U.S. Highway 129 at the Tennessee state line. The community has an unoffcial population of 6, which is posted on a welcoming sign[1]. The community's approximate elevation is 1760 feet above sea level. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with unincorporated. ... Motorcyclists take a break from the road A motorcycle or motorbike is a single-track, two-wheeled motor vehicle powered by an engine. ... Resorts combine a hotel and a variety of recreations, such as swimming pools A resort is a place used for relaxation or recreation, attracting visitors for holidays or vacations. ... Swain County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. ... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Area  Ranked 28th  - Total 53,865 sq mi (139,509 km²)  - Width 150 miles (240 km)  - Length 560[1] miles (901 km)  - % water 9. ... U.S. Highway 129 is a spur of U.S. Highway 29. ... Official language(s) English Capital Nashville Largest city Memphis Largest metro area Nashville Area  Ranked 36th  - Total 42,169 sq mi (109,247 km²)  - Width 120 miles (195 km)  - Length 440 miles (710 km)  - % water 2. ... For considerations of sea level change, in particular rise associated with possible global warming, see sea level rise. ...

Tail of the Dragon

Deals Gap is a popular and nationally famous destination for driving enthusiasts (of motorcycles and sportscars), as it is located along a stretch of two-lane road known as the Tail of the Dragon (or The Dragon). The stretch, which is largely in Tennessee, is roughly 11 miles in length and contains 318 curves, making it one of the curviest roads in the nation. Some of the Dragon's sharpest curves have names like Copperhead Corner, Hog Pen Bend, Wheelie Hell, Killboy Ex Shade Tree Corner, Mud Corner, Sunset Corner, Gravity Cavity, Beginner's End and Brake or Bust Bend. The road segment earned its name from its curves resembling the back or the tail of a dragon. The stretch bears the street name "Tapoco Road" in North Carolina and "Calderwood Highway" in Tennessee and is signed entirely by U.S. Highway 129. Motorcyclists take a break from the road A motorcycle or motorbike is a single-track, two-wheeled motor vehicle powered by an engine. ... A Honda NSX sports car A TVR Tuscan sports car A sports car is a car designed for sporting performance above utility. ... For other uses, see Dragon (disambiguation). ... U.S. Highway 129 is a spur of U.S. Highway 29. ...

Since part of the road is also the southwestern border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, there is very little development on the stretch, and it mostly travels through forested area. Along the route, there are a few scenic overlooks and pulloff points. The speed limit on the Dragon was 55 mph prior to 1992; however, in the 1990s and early 2000s, the limit was reduced a number of times until 2005 when a speed limit of 30 mph was signed along the entire stretch. Cades Cove panorama The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a United States National Park that straddles the ridgeline of the Great Smoky Mountains, part of the Blue Ridge Mountains which are a division of the larger Appalachian Mountain chain. ... A road speed limit is the maximum speed allowed by law for road vehicles. ... Miles per hour is a unit of speed, expressing the number of international miles covered per hour. ...

From 1995 to August 2006 there have been sixteen deaths on the stretch of road, most of which were motorcycle incidents.

Filmings at Deals Gap

Thunder Road is the title of a 1958 movie about running moonshine in the mountains of Kentucky and Tennessee in the early 1950s. ... The Fugitive is a 1993 Academy Award and Golden Globe Award winning feature film, based on the television series The Fugitive, starring Harrison Ford as Dr. Richard Kimble, and Tommy Lee Jones as Deputy United States Marshal Samuel Gerard. ... In Dreams is a movie released in 1999. ...

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