For those have been on the Dragon, this route may not be equivalent, but it’s supposed to be equally challenging and some great scenery to be had by all. The Dragon actually crosses over this route, so if you’re staying in the area, you can hit them both.
This route runs about 50 miles from Tellico Plains, TN, which is located about 25 miles south of I-75 between Knoxville and Chattanooga, and ends up Robinsville, NC. You’re riding through a pretty remote area so don’t expect any services along the way, but do take advantage of the views “that rival or surpass any from the Blue Ridge Parkway.” This route is described as having a good mix of sweepers and twisties, but the latter tend to come up out of nowhere. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
The area is evidently famous for trout fishing, so keep that in mind if you decide to make a stop and happen to have your fishing pole handy. A more detailed description can be found at Motorcycle Roads.