I go to Maggie Valley every year. This summer I rode "The Rattler," which is a road near Maggie Valley that is trying to compete with the Dragon. (Lake Junaluska, NC to Hot Springs, NC on HW 209) I've never ridden the Dragon, but my friend who was with me has. He said it was similar to the Dragon but stretched out a bit. Lots of curves with some open road, too. There was very little traffic on it...motorcycles were the primary vehicles seen, but not so many that it was even close to being crowded. Great ride. There are several places to eat in Hot Springs, too. I'm a new member and I can't post links yet so you'll need to locate The Rattler on the web by searching the for "The Rattler NC209" or use a mapping website and poke in Lake Junaluska, NC and Hot Springs, NC for the route on HW 209.