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"The Tennessee Baby Dragon" - Hwy 232 + ADD NEW ROUTE


12   in Tennessee Tennessee13 Miles

By Barman YZF
on April 1, 2006

4.6out of 5

8 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

Get yourself to Dover, TN (about 80 miles Northwest of Nashville, TN). From there head west on US 79 for about 8 miles until you get to where Hwy 232 and US 79 intersect ... this is the starting point. Get on Hwy 232 heading south (note: on some maps 232 can also show up as Rt 574!) ... and simply follow this for about 12 fun miles down till 232 runs into Rt 147 and you've done the "Baby Dragon."

Scenery

The scenery is a bit limited, as it follows heavy curves and dips around a good deal of hills. There has in recent years been extensive logging around the area, and consequently you have large clear-cut areas which provide decent views of the landscape. There are a number of small bridges which cross some attractive creeks. The logging is limited now, so about 75% of your journey will be 'walled in' by hardwoods.

Road Quality

232 is often called the 'Baby Dragon', as it is very curvy. If you have been to Deal's Gap, you may experience Deja' vu. The difference primarily being that the tight, technical turns of the Dragon are replaced by much longer, flowing sweepers with considerably better sight distance. A good compromise, as Sport riders can still drag a puck and cruisers can pull off decent lean without getting overly aggressive. The road condition is good/above average. The logging trucks have taken a small toll on the pavement, although its only noticeable in certain parts. Beware a few corners with patches on them- they can catch you off guard.

Roadside Amenities

232 is located in the Land between the Lakes, (LBL), and housing is only permitted on a few sections of the road. Which is good, as there are less driveways to contend with. About 1/5 of the way down, there is a pretty happening Bar/Grill on your right called "Fat daddy's." Its located right on Kentucky lake, and often have a lot of bikers and boat traffic. In the summer, this is a stop for Bike Poker Runs. The majority of the time, the waitresses are very, very Hot. 3/4 of the way down, there is a Gas Station with some great grilled burgers, drinks, smokes, etc at reasonable prices. They cater to bikers and will prolly ask to take your picture to put it on the wall if its your first trip down. Its a very country, back woods road, so don't be looking for shopping malls or the Red Lobster.

Additional Info

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By Guest
on February 25, 2014 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2013

Motorcycle Make Harley

Motorcycle Type Touring

Wonderful ride especially in the Spring when dogwoods & redbuds are in bloom or in the Fall for colors. When you get almost to the TN river by McKinnon, eat at a great restaurant, The Southernaire! It's across from the air strip---great food, clean place, & nice folks.

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By wbruiser2
on May 24, 2012 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make Harley FLHX

Motorcycle Type Touring

I have been down this rode many times and visited Fat Daddy's. This road is awesome and can get your adrenaline pumping regardless of what your riding, it's all about how you ride.

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By reddog450
on August 20, 2015 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2004

Motorcycle Make H-D Road King

Motorcycle Type Touring

I trailered my bike down this past July. Was located in a place with no cell service so I took a ride to go find some. The first cross road was RT 232. I had no idea I was so close to one of the best stretches of road I've ever been on. Being from NH the pavement was awesome. Road it a couple times and it was awesome. It was a bit creepy at night not knowing the turns but I was pretty thankful I had my bike with me to enjoy it. If you are close by give it a go.

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By RBLWMN
on June 3, 2015 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Harley

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Great ride! Thoroughly enjoyed this route & want to thank the original poster for putting it up here!

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By ts10873
on May 25, 2014 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2004

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Rode the "Baby Dragon" yesterday leaving Fat Daddy's for the first time. It was a blast. The weather was great and that made the ride that much more enjoyable. Saw lots of other bikes. I would highly recommend this ride.

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By Bad Bob
on May 9, 2014 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2013

Motorcycle Make Ducati Monster

Motorcycle Type Sport

At a little faster than the speed limit, this road gets to be lots of fun! The surface is smooth and the big sweeping curves are really nice. At the speed most v-twins ride, it is pretty boring. ;)

I can not recommend the cheeseburgers at Fat Daddy's, nor the other food I had. But, the scenery was indeed pretty nice. :) The road to FD's was pretty rough and not for people uncomfortable with pavement breaking up, and spots with gravel.

The weekend of the fish fry in Paris, the road was teaming with blue lights. Well, and motorcycles, too.

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By Guest
on October 5, 2013 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Honda Goldwing

Motorcycle Type Touring

Nice road with some twisties as well as sweepers! Great afternoon run!

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By Guest
on June 6, 2012 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2004

Motorcycle Make Suzuki Volusia

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

An awesome adventure. A MUST for anyone that lives within 100 miles and wants to sneak in a day trip.

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