Moonshiner28 ~ 103 Miles from Tail of the Dragon to Walhalla SC

Moonshiner 28 is fast becoming one of the great must-do roads of western North Carolina. Everyone has heard of the Tail of the Dragon and now there is another comparable road that is less crowded and offers even more to see for the two-lane tourist.

Moonshiner 28 is a great alternative to other more crowded twisties. There are sections of 28 in North Carolina every bit as twisty as the Tail. Bonus …. speed limit is 55 much of the route.

Stretching from US 129 at the Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap, Moonshiner 28 winds its way southeastward through Franklin and Highlands North Carolina before turning southward into Georgia and South Carolina ending at the sleepy town of Walhalla.

Once one of the major runs for moonshiners with revenuers hot on their bumper, the road today boasts some great twisties, wide sweepers and unsurpassed scenery. Mountain vistas, waterfalls and secluded lakes appear around nearly every corner. You can find good food, accommodations of every type and unique shops with unusual antiques and crafts created by mountain artisans.

Come and spend a day or a week exploring this Smoky Mountain Country. It doesn’t matter if you are motorcycling, driving a sportscar or bringing the family van. And visit the legal moonshine distilleries in Gatlinburg TN, Greenville SC and Asheville NC.

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Nancy and I decided to take the day off and head to Gatlinburg, Tennessee in search of moonshine. Perfect time to drive through the Smoky Mountain National Park  with colors changing. It was a clear, crisp day with some fantastic views.

After seeing an elk wandering a residential home in Gatlinburg, We had hoped to spy an elk or two in the Great Smokies, but they were nowhere to be found. We once saw one of these magnificent animals wandering around a residential yard along US19 in Maggie Valley.

There are four great moonshiner distilleries in Gatlinburg; our longtime favorite Ole Smoky Moonshine, and new kids on the block Sugarlands Distilling, Davy Crockett’s Tennessee Whiskey and Doc Colliers.. All four distilleries were cooking and provided free samples. You can even purchase our local moonshiner’s secret blend of Moonshine from Jim Tom and Mark at Sugarlands.

It’s  fun trip, one that we highly recommend any time of year. CLICK HERE to read the details and see our photos.


Discovery Channel Moonshiners Bill, Josh, and Cutie Pie with our Moonshiner28 collector sign

Tail of the Dragon Store

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Moonshining in the United States has an interesting history dating from the times of George Washington.

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