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4.59 out of 5 Rider Rating 4.59
56 Reviews

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

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Guest
December 29, 2007
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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
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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chemlight_ninja
October 12, 2011
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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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Guest
May 7, 2008
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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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