Big Walker, Bland County Virginia

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by travlin, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. travlin

    travlin Been here awhile

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    Last Saturday I started across the dirt road on the ridge going east from the overlook on 52. After a little more than 5 miles the road got pretty greasy, so I turned back since I was by myself and could only imagine how long it would take someone to find me if I had a bad crash. Anyone here traveled through to 717? I'd like to go the whole length, but I am curious as to how rough it gets.
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  2. tallbob

    tallbob Been here awhile

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    I went through there several years ago on my KTM 640. There were some parts that would be tough it it is wet and a section that was narrow and overgrown, but nothing too bad.

    I've been wanting to go up there again, don't know what it's like now.
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  3. SidewinderX

    SidewinderX Hey, watch this!

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    Two of us on DR650's and my brother on a KLR650 made it through the entire road-path. Take a GPS or you may get lost on the eastern side. It turns into some wide ATV trails with some deep rock strewn ditches. We had a few spills so dont take anything you dont want scratched..... :D


    I would not recommend anything over 650cc and I would recommend at least a 60/40 tire. DOT Knobbies prefferred. Believe me on this one. I had 90/10 tires and I supplied some amusement for the others.......
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  4. steveb126

    steveb126 Adventurer Anonymous

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    Is this the road off 52 that will take you East 4 or 5 miles to the Big Bend picnic area ? I took my Goldwing to the picnic area once. Have family in Mercer County WV and Tazewell County,VA.

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    Subscribed to this thread just because I love seeing places I've been to as much as the places I haven't been to yet.
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  5. tallbob

    tallbob Been here awhile

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    Yep that's the road. I was at the picnic area/overlook a couple of weeks ago on my street bike. The first 4 or 5 miles is easy dirt road then it gets rougher. When the trail goes down the mountain it starts getting interesting. :D
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  6. SidewinderX

    SidewinderX Hey, watch this!

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    Forgot I had a picture. That is actually a cleaner part of the trail in the background.

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  7. SidewinderX

    SidewinderX Hey, watch this!

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    Another picture from the top of Walker. Picture is of Hambone650....

    Ugly turd aint he? lmao

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  8. bwalsh

    bwalsh Long timer

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    ^^^I like the center stands on the bikes! ^^^

    Where can I get one?:lol3
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  9. error cooled

    error cooled anything but asphalt

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    I took it down to where it goes over I-77 in June - hoping to get in a view. No view was to be found in Summer with all the foliage. That is 6.5 miles. I was looking at rolling thunderstorms and turned back. The road didn't get super nasty but it narrowed down and got rockier the further I got.

    You should be able to wind down to 601/717. The road in June was really over grown and I do not think many had been through. The road is

    Ownership of the road gets a little murkey the farther you go.

    Here is my track of the road down to Carnot:

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    Here is the official MVUM for the road:

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    Here is what it looked like in June:

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    This road is one of a handful that I have noted as possibly impassable on my Blue Ridge Trail route. I think I had sent it to you in the past.
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  10. manganos

    manganos Let me pontificate.

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    Careful up there. That is a Virginia State Police STARS site ;) :deal
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  11. intothenew

    intothenew Briar Patch Navigator

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    From roughly the 3k elev mark on the North side to Turkey Gap is the worst of it, about 2-1/2 miles. Ruts are the worst, gutter balls ya, especially when it's wet. Bill, I wouldn't want to take my pig through it unless I absolutely had to.
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  12. travlin

    travlin Been here awhile

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    Thanks folks. It sounds like I made the right decision for once. BTW, what is a Virginia State Police STARS site ?
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  13. intothenew

    intothenew Briar Patch Navigator

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  14. error cooled

    error cooled anything but asphalt

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    Chip -

    Does this look about right as far as the bad section is concerned?
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  15. tallbob

    tallbob Been here awhile

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    Hell that's the good section. :D

    When you go down off the top of the mountain it gets interesting. I thought about riding it today but ended up on Potts and Peters mountains, great day for a ride!
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  16. intothenew

    intothenew Briar Patch Navigator

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    :lol3

    And PM sent Dave.
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  17. SidewinderX

    SidewinderX Hey, watch this!

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    Thats what I was thinking.... :D:D
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  18. dlrides

    dlrides 1:1.618

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    Been through it on a 950 several times with no problems. Some sections get a litle rough, but nothing extreme.
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  19. LadyDraco

    LadyDraco KillerSmileIHazIt !!

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    LOL... That would be a real challange for the Valks..:eek1
    In some areas... :D
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  20. FarmBoyBrad

    FarmBoyBrad Crash test dummy

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    Just wanted to let anyone know who searches for this road/thread, that me and my son crossed the entire 14 mile length of this forestry road in his Jeep Wrangler (well scratched now- which he loves). It took us about 4 hours to cover it and that was with me taking lots of pics and also chainsawing a few branches/trees that were blocking the path. It is certainly a road that could possibly cause you to dump the bike a few times because of the rockiness of it and several very wet spots. I am at work now but will try to post some pics from home later tonight or later on this week.
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