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Mountain Meander - Upper Slice of Route 28 + ADD NEW ROUTE


5   in North Carolina North Carolina21 Miles

By Mark Haywood
on August 1, 2007

5.0out of 5

7 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

You start this trip at the intersection of US Highway 74 and NC Route 28 and simply head south on Route 28 to Franklin, NC.

Scenery

Nothing is better than riding through the woods, along waterfalls. This road will take you to four water falls, three of them are easy access to. You can drive you vehicle under Bridal Veil, you can walk under Dry Falls, and the other I can't spell, you can see from the road. Glenn Falls requires some walking.

Road Quality

If you like turns, switch backs, nice black top, this is the road for you. Most people like the Dragons Tail or Deal's Gap, I like this road better. Less traffic and safer.

Roadside Amenities

There are no shopping, camping, restaurants. However, along US highway 74 there are plenty of amenities and if you continue on Route 28 south as it passes through Franklin and merges with Highway 64, you can take this into Cashiers where you will find gas stations, food stops, etc. Close to the bottom of route 28 there is a Gem Store and they will give you a FREE MAP of all the waterfalls in the area. Stop in and get a FREE MAP. Take the entire trip down route 28 then follow the road into Cashiers for lunch and gas. Let me know what you think about this road, I believe it to be one of the best roads I've ever been on in North Carolina and that includes the Dragon's Tail. This is my fifth year going to N.C. to ride. My friends and I know N.C. (Maggie Valley area) pretty well by now. Email me at: .

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What Riders Say About this Route Add Review & Rating

By Guest
on April 12, 2010 4 out of 4 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2004

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

I agree with other comments, this is a GREAT ride! However, this description above is not quite accurate. The waterfalls are all south of Franklin on the way to Highlands. That part of Hwy 28 is not highlighted. From Franklin north to Hwy 74 is just excellent, with very little traffic and lots of twisties. Ride the whole stretch from Hwy 74 south to Highlands and continue on Hwy 64 to Brevard if you want more ammenities. Of course Franklin makes a great homebase for hitting all the local roads, with plenty of motels and food.

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By Guest
on June 6, 2008 2 out of 2 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Suzuki

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

This is unquestionably my favorite road in the southeast. It's a must ride for anyone traveling to the area. The Cherohala and the Dragon are great rides, but don't really compare to this stretch of highway. It feels like a self propelled roller coaster to me. It's a nearly non-stop series of left and right handers with a seamless transition between them. For an incredible ride, set up a route that connects the Dragon, Cherohala and the upper and lower sections of 28.

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By propav8r
on September 15, 2017 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1978

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Standard

Heads up: NCDOT is currently (Sept. 2017) repaving this section of Highway 28 from the Swain/Macon county line northward to US 74. The road is very rough with big transitions, and pavement cuts down the middle of your lane. This makes it difficult for spirited/aggressive riding. Sections are also shut down to one lane with a pilot car at intervals. Hopefully the work will be done soon.

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By WVrider
on July 2, 2014 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2010

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

28 is fantastic all the way into Georgia. The section most beautiful is between Franklin and Highlands where all the waterfalls are. However if you continue on 28 all the way to where it meets 107 in GA then go left on 107 back toward Cashiers, NC is a great loop. Highly recommended..

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By Guest
on April 29, 2009 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make BMW

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

This is quite possibly the best road in the entire country. It has everything you could ask for. Tight curves, sweepers, off camber, descending radius, a few straightaways, beautiful views and hardly any traffic at all. Definately the best road in the area including the Gap.

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By FJR2010
on August 26, 2014 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Sport

This review is actually what many consider the middle segment of Route 28. The upper segment goes from US19/74 to Deals Gap, the lower segment is south of Highlands into South Carolina. No matter, for my money, this stretch of pavement is by far the best in the East and in my top five for the entire U.S. And I've ridden extensively in the West. Why it's great: several reasons. First, it has a lot of short distance elevation change. Second, the pavement surfaces are good, with little gravel and a lot of bite. No off cambers and no winders. It drains well--I've ridden it in the pouring rain--and so the surface is tight. They know how to build roads in the Carolinas. There are some blind turns, but a lot of them have good sight distance right through the apex so you can really tear if you want. Some traffic, but not too bad. Mile for mile and curve for curve, it beats everything else in the area, in my view. You gotta ride it. Repeatedly.

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

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Motorcycle Year 1996

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

This is one of the best routes that I have ridden. I liked it better than Dragons Tail. It was alot safer too. I would highly recommend this ride to anyone. Great views also.

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