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The Hellbender 28

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By Guest (0 McR Points) on Nov 01, 2006

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Guest
December 29, 2007
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January 15, 2012
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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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ThomasB
July 4, 2014
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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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Guest
September 18, 2009
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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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WVrider
June 28, 2012
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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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