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4.59 out of 5 Rider Rating 4.59
63 Reviews

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By Guest (0 McR Points) on Oct 31, 2006

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Guest
December 29, 2007
I've been to this road twice in two years…
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2009hdflhx
4 McR Points
January 14, 2012
Add this one to a list of rides to visit while…
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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."

Drive Enjoyment

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.

Tourism Opportunities

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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Penny Peel
September 7, 2020
50 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Touring
If I could rate this road higher I would. We enjoyed riding this much more than the Dragon. The road is very well maintained, less traffic and the scenery is better. Lots of twists, turn, sweeping curves and even a few OH SH*T moments. There isn't a bad road to ride in this area. The Hellbender isnt as bad as it sounds. Just pay attention and enjoy the ride.
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dpboop
March 21, 2020
50 McR Points
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Nothing like it. So many curves. Ride it, you won’t regret it!
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GAMidnightRider
September 9, 2020
99 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
Enjoyed it on my Moonshiner 28 run from Deal's Gap, NC to Walhalla, SC in May 2019. Then again from Franklin, NC to Deal's Gap, NC in September 2020.
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