Northern AL Routes?

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by flyfire58, Mar 16, 2014.

  1. flyfire58

    flyfire58 Put the monkey to it

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    Trying to put together a route across Northern Alabama to Corinth, MS. Specifically, does anyone know anything about the "truck trails" east of Decatur? Not sure if I should try and incorporate those or cut across towards the Bankhead, NF. I have ridden the Little River Canyon area but not any farther west than that. Any thoughts?

    http://adventures.garmin.com/en-US/by/kn5150/transbama/
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  2. jeep8

    jeep8 Been here awhile

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    west lauderdale county has an interesting route you might consider, cross tennessee river at wilson dam or natchez trace then, then west on waterloo road, then paridise road or pea ridge road, then cross river going south at pickwick dam.
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  3. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer

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    The truck trails east of Decatur are easy gravel roads.

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    While in Corinth check out Lake Hills Motors. They have a great collection of old bikes.

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  4. Wheedle

    Wheedle I love inflatable fun!

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    I know its paved, but I love Everret Mountain Rd, its one of my little local stash roads...
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  5. flyfire58

    flyfire58 Put the monkey to it

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    Thanks guys! I found a pea ridge road near Lutts, TN but no paradise rd, am I looking in the right area? Thanks for the pics on the truck trail. Everett mountain is fun, have you been out to LRC? How's the Bankhead? I was looking at that as a camp spot. Lots of gravel in my experience in the Talledega, NF. The county roads were a lot more interesting.
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    jeep8 Been here awhile

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  8. flyfire58

    flyfire58 Put the monkey to it

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    Thanks!
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  9. Yankee Dog

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    It is difficult to put together a decent dirt route acrosss N. Alabama. Most of the roads are paved. There is some dirt here and there, but its hard to string them together and get anywhere.

    There are some nice road in the Bankhead, but most of them string North to South. East to West it limited. Leola/90/89/84/196 is paved. Cranel/60 is paved. 33 and 63 are paved. 41 is paved. I am not so familiar with the West side, but all the approaching roads on the East side of the forest are paved.

    Ridge road, is your best bet for East-West travel. It can be found in the Northwestern section and is gravel. Most of the others not mentioned are gravel. but a map study will find most of them are North-South.

    The area is worth some time for riding, but if you are trying to get somewhere at the same time, maybe not so much.
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  10. xathor

    xathor Not actually Gnarly

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    I second Yankee Dog. There are good roads to be found but none of them really go anywhere. The truck trails basically parallel a bunch of paved roads and run on the outskirts of open fields. They are fun, but if you have to go out of your way to ride them... don't bother.

    There are a several paved roads through bankhead that run west<->east but they are almost straight as an arrow and perfectly smooth.
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