1st time dirt ride in CO/NM or TN/KY

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by PaulyMan, Sep 12, 2006.

  1. PaulyMan

    PaulyMan Been here awhile

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    Hey gang, I'm looking for a little help to locate riding spots in CO or NM. My cousin and I are planning to head that way from SW Louisiana in a couple of weeks. Neither one of us has dual sport bikes (Me = KTM 450 EXC, Dustin = Yamaha YZF 250) so we'll need to stay offroad wherever we are at. We'll probably stay for 3-4 days. We're in between CO/NM or TN/KY, so I'm trying to get a little feed back. We are both experienced riders, but most our riding has been in tight woods, with only a limited amount of rock riding experience which was in Arkansas, but we're willing to tackle most anything.

    Thanks in advance for the help
    Paul
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  2. PaulyMan

    PaulyMan Been here awhile

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    Come on guys, there's got to be someone who can give me some ideas:evil
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  3. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    Read some ride reports from those areas and pick your poison. The biggest difference besides terrain/scenery this time of year will be weather. CO/NM will have some cold mornings and higher passes will be chilly, so be prepared if you go out there. TN/KY will be in the 70s-80s with overnight lows in the 50s. Have fun.
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  4. andy29847

    andy29847 Dirt Road Rider

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    Taylor Park - near altmont north of Gunnison. Off-road mecca. :D
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  5. Cogswell

    Cogswell Spudly Adventurer

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    Well in east Tn. there is the cherokee natl forest in the Tellico Plains area. There is some pay/day use trails. There are also miles and miles of F/S roads in and thru the mountains. Get a forest service map for roads in the area. There is also Coal Creek/Windrock Mtn pay/OHV area over by Oliver Springs you can pull it up with a google search. There is probably as much riding as you care to do around here street or dirt within an hour or so drive.

    Mike
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  6. DNFjoe

    DNFjoe Did Not Finnish

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    Paul,

    If you find youself in the TN/KY area check out the land between the lakes.

    It is a beautiful place with an ORV area to have fun in.

    My wife and I visited there and you can see our trip here http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=131913&highlight=DNFjoe

    I am a very novice rider and had fun for 3-4 hours in the ORV area. Plated bikes can tool around the other dirt roads that turn off the main road through the area.

    If you are looking for many days of dirt riding this may not be the place for you, but with so much nature to enjoy there is plenty of fun to be had for sure.

    If you hit this area Lake Barkley State park/resort is only minutes away and was only $60 a night (off season with a military discount) for a better than aveage place to stay.

    No matter where you go take some pix and post'em in the ride report area so the rest of us can enjoy your trip too!

    Joe
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