Kentucky/ Tennessee Dual sport Rides

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by toadl, Jan 28, 2013.

  1. toadl

    toadl Long timer

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    I've never riden in the area and while driving through on the way to Disney World I couldn't help but to dream of riding in some of those hills. So I'm wondering if there are any Rallies or riding get togethers during the summer. I ride a DRZ400 and WR250f and so I enjoy getting into the rough stuff, not so much pavement and gravel roads, for a few days. :clap
    Last year the family went to the Black Hills and it was a lot of fun. There is some crazy single track. Anyways I'd just like to see what some of the dirt is like in other parts of the country.
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  2. ihatefalling

    ihatefalling Let it roll

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    Yea there's a ton of good dual sporting in the East-West NC area.

    Twisty pavement
    Forestry service roads
    Dirt

    All you can eat if you hook up with the right guys.

    Just snoop around some of the rallies that are posted here in the SE forum. Stuff happening all the time :clap
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  3. Gaston Gagne

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    Not Tennessee or Kentucky, but http://www.trailsheaven.com/.

    There used to be a national dual sport event in Renfo Valley, KY, but I don't see it on this year's schedule.
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  4. Wallachian Spikes

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    You might want to google "spring trail ride at Loretta Lynns" and also "LBL 200". I rode Loretta Lynns last Fall & had a blast. Haven't riden the 200 yet but, that could change soon.
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  5. toadl

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    I found the Middle Tennessee Dirt Rider's website and the Loretta Lynn's spring ride. Looked like a lot of fun but with the kids in school it would be difficult. We have an event similar to that in Minnesota, not as big, but there are about 500 dirt bikes there each year. I love motorcycles but the noise gets to me after a whole day. Of course I still go every year.
    Wow, the trails in West Virginia look very impressive. I checked out the website http://www.trailsheaven.com/. I could see being very disappointed if I only spent a long weekend there. Looks like each of those trail systems deserve a couple days. I'm so jelous. No wonder so many good riders come from your part of the country. Those trails are actually getting me a little excited.:evil
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  6. Hoodis

    Hoodis Been here awhile

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    Red Bird trail above Middlesboro, if you want technical trails. I suggest fresh tires.
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  8. TroyJ650

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    This is good I hear

    :thumb

    Also, I am a big fan of Land Between the Lakes, between Dover, TN and Grand Rivers, KY.
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  9. mgorman

    mgorman Crashing since 1964

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    I'm passing through Ky Sat/Sun on the way to Ramer Tn from Cinci Oh. Anything worth seeing along the way?
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  10. TroyJ650

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    Corvette Museum, off I-65 in Bowling Green, KY

    http://www.corvettemuseum.org/

    The new C-7 is out!
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  11. mgorman

    mgorman Crashing since 1964

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    I was actually planning to get off the highway at Bowling Green and taking the back roads over to Gorman, Tn.

    If you go through there in the next week and the sign is missing... :D
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  12. patmo

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    Mammoth Cave Nationsl Park. Several different tours of the cave system to do. Some as short as an hour or less. Interesting fact.....it is 55degrees inside the cave, year round. This time of year you can go inside and actually warm up!

    Several good BBQ places along the side roads in that area as well.
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  13. dwheil

    dwheil Been here awhile

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    Hey toadl
    If you get to east Tennessee area give us a shout. You are welcome to ride with us in the Greeneville,Tn & Hot Springs, Nc area. Here's a link to our group and some of our rides. http://www.facebook.com/EastTennesseeAvDriders.

    Later
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  14. mgorman

    mgorman Crashing since 1964

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    Just came from there, plans got changed. Meandered from Charlotte to Chattanooga today, on to Ramer tomorrow. Heading back to Charlotte Alabama/Tenn after Valentine's day.
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  15. toadl

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    The Land Between the Lakes seems to be a popular area. I noticed there is an unofficial get together there May 3-5th. Does the LBL have very difficult riding. I quickly checked it out on line and while driving through but most of the riding seemed to be more oriented to ATV and gravel roads.
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  16. toadl

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    I found the Redbird Crest trail system. Seems hard for me to believe that they have hikers and OHV coexisting.

    I've added all suggestions into my places to ride folder. Now I have to figure on a date. Hopefully this Fall. Looks like you guys are getting a lot of crappy weather right now.
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  17. TroyJ650

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    LBL is about 120,000 acres bordered on the East by Lake Barkley, and Kentucky Lake on the West. The land was claimed by the TVA in the early 60's and the residents relocated. Most of the signs of civilization were removed, but the roads remain. A nice SUV can run 90% of these roads.

    Turkey Bay is a 2500 acre OHV area with many challenges. There is no single track left, but plenty of rough stuff.

    I learned how to (really) ride at Turkey Bay. Many Dirt Bike, ATV, jeep, 4x4, and SxS riders make it a destination trip. The non-event in early May will be more suited for Big ADV bikes, but beginner DS riders and anyone wanting to play around on some really cool roads will love LBL.

    ....and mark my words here, road 206, off Ft. Henry Road in the South end, WILL become a sport bike hot spot!
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