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The Tail of the Dragon was born in 2000, or at least that is when Nancy and I named it as such. It is also known as Deals Gap which is the actual physical name that appears on USGS Maps. In 1992 Doug Snavely named it the Dragon and created a T-shirt with the road appearing as the back of a dragon. Locals in the past called it the Robbinsville Turnpike and That Damn Twisty Road to Tennessee.