The last 10 miles feature some of 28’s best riding, as you wind along the shores of Fontana then Cheoah Lake before crossing the Fontana Dam into Tennessee. As you round the last curve before the dam, you’re pointed directly at an Appalachian Mountain ridge rising a few hundred feet directly in front of you. The view is simply spectacular and rivals areas in the Rocky Mountains for sheer, stark beauty. Once past the dam, NC 28 ends at Highway 129 and Deals Gap, where you’ll probably trade the serenity of the last few miles for a slightly more electric atmosphere. No matter, it’s still a big highlight of your riding day.