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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
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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patches_mcmatt
April 25, 2013
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Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
Rode "The Hellbender 28" south after riding The Tail of The Dragon recently. 28 runs along some very beautiful scenery and is a very nice ride. I enjoyed the trip down this stretch of road very much and recommend it if you're riding The Dragon and aren't heading toward th Cherohala Skyway, which is to the south.
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Guest
September 15, 2009
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Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
My wife and I agree that , that strech of road was one of the best scenic roads we've been on. We were lucky and got to run it during the week and the traffic was light, which added to it being a very enjoyable ride. The road is maintained very good which too, adds to enjoyment of the ride. Great state and great area.
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BobTodd
March 15, 2020
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Motorcycle Type : Touring
Great views of the mountains and lakes
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