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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
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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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Akumu
November 21, 2019
2697 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Sport - Touring
I'm sorry, maybe it's just me, I haven't read all of the other reviews, but this road is SEVERELY hobbled by it's speed limit 25/35 in MANY spots and traffic. There is SO MUCH traffic going to the Dragon this way, so they can do 25mph on the Dragon, too, that you spend the whole time falling asleep behind the wheel/handblebars. If this was a regular rode with a regular speed limit it would be great. As it is, it's just the conveyor belt to the Tail of the Dragon, and while it's a damn site better then coming to the Dragon from the North it's just...meh. (Unless you get a completely clear run. God help you. Then it's QUITE good, actually. 3 years now and that's never happened for me.)
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mcordova
April 10, 2020
198 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Touring
Outstanding ride. Good for new riders and veteran riders. Great views of Fontana Dam.
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MaconTrax
September 11, 2016
2 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Touring
Mine (and my wife's) favorite road so far. Riding in the mountains by the lakes, plenty of foliage and color. The roads are in great shape and you still get the twisties. Take Hwy 28 all the way to Hwy 64 and ride into Highlands for some more great roads.
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