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The Hellbender 28 + ADD NEW ROUTE


4   in North Carolina North Carolina22 Miles

By Lurch
on November 1, 2006

4.6out of 5

31 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

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Scenery

Heading north on the Hellbender 28, you find a completely different road experience with sweeping curves and drop offs, all lakeside in the Great Smoky Mountains. There are few drives in America that can equal the views as you travel this beautiful byway along Fontana Lake in North Carolina. The 22 mile stretch is surrounded by water and dense, forested mountains. The 22 mile stretch ends at Deals Gap and begins what is then called the famous "Dragon."

Road Quality

These two lane mountain side roads are in great shape. There is little commercial traffic which leaves plenty of wide open space for the cycling public.

Roadside Amenities

At the halfway point on this roadway, you come to Fontana Village at Fontana Dam, NC. The motorcycle friendly resort looks directly into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and offers a lodge, cabins, camping and even houseboats for rent. They have a great selection of restaurants, retail outlets and amenities for the vacationing cycle enthusiast. Many cycle clubs use this resort to base their events out of because the Hellbender 28 intersects the famous Dragon at Deals Gap. In addition, the resort has a great roadside pitstop called "Hellbender 28 Pitstop" with food, gear and plenty of great tee shirts. And, the route is not far from the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and its great amenities.

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What Riders Say About this Route Add Review & Rating

By Guest
on December 29, 2007 5 out of 6 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2003

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

I've been to this road twice in two years and will return again next year. Between the Hellbender, the Dragon, and the Cherohala... you can't get much better. Beautiful surroundings and you can get lost for days riding all the roads in the area. Plenty of places to stay and eat in the area.

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By dhornick
on August 16, 2012 3 out of 4 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make Harley Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

This review shows only from Stecoah to Deals Gap (129). I dont understand why. We rode the entire portion of 28 from 74 to Deals Gap (and then of course the Dragon) but the portion of 28 between 74 and Stecoah is also very beautiful and we really enjoyed it. Some of the most breathtaking views of Lake Fontana from the Mountains anywhere. Highly suggested to make the whole ride.

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By 2009hdflhx
on January 15, 2012 3 out of 3 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make Harley Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

Add this one to a list of rides to visit while you are at the Tail of the Dragon. Beautiful scenery and a great road but it seems that every road in and around the Dragon are great. And while you are there don't forget Happy Valley road.

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By MGunsUSMC
on June 28, 2015 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1997

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Outstanding ride. The wife and I took it on the way to the Dragon. Wow. Beautiful ride and plenty of twist and turns.

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By Boomer501
on April 3, 2015 1 out of 2 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2012

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Other

Headed here after the Dragon. The wife and I enjoyed this section of our ride around the Smokies the best.

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By ThomasB
on July 4, 2014 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make Triumph Tiger 1050

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

road this on the way home,from Blue Ridge Parkway to get to The tail of the Dragon, a lot of fun, I ran into very little traffic until I got to the Tail.

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By WVrider
on June 28, 2012 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2010

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

Rode Cherohala, Dragon's Tail and Hellbender, both directions on 28 and Dragon's Tail. Like Rt.28 better than all the others. Awesome road !

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By Guest
on September 2, 2010 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

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Been on this ride several times and I really enjoy the beauty.I like the occasional floorboard scrapes also.Roll Tide Roll!

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By Guest
on June 1, 2010 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1984

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Touring

I would have rated the road higher, but was really working htis weekend to keep it on the pavement. It was raining miserably hard, and visibility was extremely poor. The turns were still good fun, and whenI managed to catch a few minutes between rains clouds it was an absolute blast. Stayed at the Kickstand Lodge, and that was well worth the 8 hours riding it cost me to get there. Great folks right next to a great mountain road. Going again later this year.

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By Guest
on March 16, 2010 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

1.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2003

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Roads are good without much traffic. Gas stops, stores, and civilization are far and few between. The ones we found had high gas prices. Didn't care for Fontanna Resort at all. Deals Gap guys were great. Great roads, good scenery but avoid the resort.

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By Guest
on September 18, 2009 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

We started from Tellico Plains onto the Cherohala, turned north onto 129, went up and had lunch at "The Dragon" and then took 28 back to 74 and rode back home to Jacksonville, FL.. My wife liked the Hellbender better than the Dragon...I like them all.

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By Guest
on July 9, 2009 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2002

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Great Ride, went with wife and a friend, had a blast, want to return with others form N.E. Texas and show them the whole route of the Dragon's tail, Hellbender and the Skyway finishing in Tellico for a nice cool shady ride and sit to have a rest,,,,,reccommend it for anyone and everyone.....Keep the rubber side down and dont let the speedsters make ya hurry, take your time and enjoy the AWESOME scenery.

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By MaconTrax
on September 11, 2016 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2004

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Touring

Mine (and my wife's) favorite road so far. Riding in the mountains by the lakes, plenty of foliage and color. The roads are in great shape and you still get the twisties. Take Hwy 28 all the way to Hwy 64 and ride into Highlands for some more great roads.

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By papafern
on January 16, 2016 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 04

Motorcycle Make Honda Reflex

Motorcycle Type Other

The dragon is only 11 miles long. This is a road that you should definitely ride after you get tired of going back and forth on the dragon.

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By ExAF1Chief
on September 25, 2015 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2003

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

This is the rocking chair leg of a trifecta ride that we took that started in Tellico Plains, TN and took the Cherohala Skyway through Robbinsville, NC to Route 28 and started the Hellbender 28. Road was great with a lot of river views and finishes up at Deal's Gap, and then rode the Tail of the Dragon. Doesn't get much better!

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By MGunsUSMC
on June 28, 2015 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1997

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Outstanding ride. The wife and I took it on the way to the Dragon. Wow. Beautiful ride and plenty of twist and turns.

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By AaronF
on August 28, 2014 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2003

Motorcycle Make Harley Road King

Motorcycle Type Touring

This route is often overshadowed by the two other great rides in this area (Tail of the Dragon & Cherohala Skyway). But this is a beautiful ride that will keep your interest and shouldn't be missed.

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By Guest
on October 15, 2013 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make Yamaha Road Star

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Beautiful road. Love the sweeping curves and the scenery. I've done the Dragon numerous times. This is a much nicer and relaxing ride. I don't care for the competition of the sport bikes.

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By patches_mcmatt
on April 25, 2013 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2002

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Rode "The Hellbender 28" south after riding The Tail of The Dragon recently. 28 runs along some very beautiful scenery and is a very nice ride. I enjoyed the trip down this stretch of road very much and recommend it if you're riding The Dragon and aren't heading toward th Cherohala Skyway, which is to the south.

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By chemlight_ninja
on October 13, 2011 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 09

Motorcycle Make triumph

Motorcycle Type Sport

The road is great, the only reason I didn't give the road 5 stars is because there was quit a bit of gravel on the road. I stayed at Fontana Village Resort, the room was great. Service was fantastic and the beer was cold. A must for your trip to the Gap.

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By Guest
on March 13, 2011 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

This is an awesome road that we use when we go to the Dragon. We normally travel from Cherokee over to the Dragon and this has a very flowing road with all types of scenery. Fun to ride.

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By Guest
on August 9, 2010 0 out of 10 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make Triumph

Motorcycle Type Other

Coming from Canada, did the "250 hwy" then the "Blue Ridge Skyway" then "The Dragon". Big Mistake. The hype of the Dragon was a little bit of a let down due to all the Harleys stuck in first gear spewing unburnt fuel and after the first 2 roads AND the police presence - - Fortunately, this route saved the day. An enjoyable short ride with a good mixture of hills, corners, sweepers, scenery and boiled peanuts- - - who the hell eats boiled peanuts? Good with beer though! I recommend the guy selling them halfway down the route cooking them on an open fire. This road is complimented BY the Dragon. At least here you can get some speed up and enjoy!!! Harleys.........please move to the side and let us enjoy.

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By Guest
on July 8, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make BMW

Motorcycle Type Sport

The road is fantastic. We stayed at Mountain Vista, right in Stecoah, so were right in the middle of fun. Great road and not as crazy as the Tail of the Dragon.

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By Guest
on May 4, 2010 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2003

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

This road on this bike was like a slow dance with a soft woman that lets me lead. That was Aug. '09, I can't wait for this years dance. Ride with care and a smile everyone!

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By Guest
on April 8, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2005

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

did this one twice, stayed at the kickstand lodge on 28, a great place

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By Guest
on February 16, 2010 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1996

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Great ride. Enjoyed every mile. Fontama Dam was beautiful. Hope to return in the near future.

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By Guest
on October 3, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2005

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Excellent warm-up leading to The Dragon. In some respects its better than Hwy129 due to the widely differing types of turns along this road. It has a mix of tight uphills/downhills, blind hairpins, and graceful turns. The scenery is especially beautiful as you near sunset with a fine mist settling over the water. Also very fun in a cage if that's all you brought with you that day.

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By Guest
on September 15, 2009 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2003

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

My wife and I agree that , that strech of road was one of the best scenic roads we've been on. We were lucky and got to run it during the week and the traffic was light, which added to it being a very enjoyable ride. The road is maintained very good which too, adds to enjoyment of the ride. Great state and great area.

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By Guest
on July 12, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Nice road, and enjoyed it alot. I found it after the ride on dragon's Tail. I go up twice a year since I bought my bike new in 2006. I am returing this Oct.09 and bringing 9 other couples with me, 13 bikes. I will be bringing to ride the Dragon, The Skyway, and Hell Bender. Also a ride to Highlands, Franklin, Cashiers, and back through the Smokies! Oh yea, if the rocket bikes are pushing you, let them by, trust me, you will see the dumb ones again a litlle further down the road. Just wave as you go by! Good luck be safe and ride for the enjoyment!!!

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By Guest
on December 21, 2008 0 out of 2 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

THIS RIDE WAS BEAUTIFUL, WANT TO TAKE MY WIFE NEXT TIME AND TAKE MORE TIME. COULDN'T RIDE IT LIKE I COULD WITH MY PERSONAL BIKE, HAD A RENTAL, BUT STILL ENJOYED IT, JUST MOVED OVER FOR THE FASTER BIKES CAUSE I DIDN'T WANT THEM TO MISS OUT.

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By Guest
on May 8, 2008 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2005

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

this is a very nice ride. Road it on 4/30/08 with some great friends some were new to riding and others had some experiance it went very well there is post card scenery at almost every turn an it was a good warm up to the dragon. Keeping in mind for everyone to remember to respect the road an ride within there limits, and dont let the impationt riders push them beyond them. there is plenty of places to stop and enjoy the scenery an take a break if you need. This is a high 9 on a 10 scale

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