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4.59 out of 5 Rider Rating 4.59
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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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January 14, 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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Guest
July 12, 2009
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Motorcycle Type : Other
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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Guest
July 9, 2009
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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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Guest
December 21, 2008
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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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