Scenic City Rides (Chattanooga)

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by SquirrelyGrl, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. t-bills

    t-bills mcs are dangerous

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    I went thru both of those areas on my trip. The road to Flaming Gorge by the mine was frickin sweet. Nothing like hairpin sweepers :huh. Especially when you have 10 of them in a couple of miles! I played a decent bit in the dirt at Capitol Reef until I started getting too deep in sand. Something about a big touring bike with street tires doesn't agree with lots of sand.

    Some of my favorite pictures are from Cap Reef
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    Heading to Barber tomorrow! I'll be in campground B.
  2. ABHooligan

    ABHooligan The Flying Mythos

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    Part of Aetna Mtn is still open for riding. Edwards Point. Franklin State Forest has a few trails. Houston Valley. Beasley Knob ORV in Blairsville. Coppinger Cove in Sequatchie. Estill Fork and Skyline WMA over in north Alabama. Little River Canyon WMA. None of these are close to a KTM dealer, so bring a trailer:D.
  3. Rufjeep

    Rufjeep Been here awhile

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    I'll be doing a quick dawn patrol woods ride up on Signal. Probably head out around 7:30 is and be back at around 11. I'll unofficially be getting gas across from the dollar store around that time, so if you want to go, just be in the Dollar General parking lot across the street (on Taft hwy). I'll be on a KTM.
  4. Doulos

    Doulos Doulos

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    Thanks for the offers and suggestions.

    Houston Valley is closed and Prentice was closed due to hunting session.
    But we discovered Windy Gap and Rock Creek near Fort Mtn. Both were like Houston Valley but more secluded and a bit more challenging (= fun!)

    I highly recommend both places. We avoided one section on Windy Gap - due to my riding buddies past bad experience... but the day was awesome and the riding a blast!

    Our only casualty was mine - and that was in the first 30 feet of our ride. I pulled a hard wheelie showing off - and it got away from me..:D I busted my tailight lense and bruised my butt and ego a bit... My buddies said it gives the KTM some "character" - ha!:lol3

    -Doulos
  5. MrTwisty

    MrTwisty Short Bus Cowboy

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    Windy Gap/Milna/Tibbs trails are awesome. I presume you avoided the motorcycle only portion of Windy Gap, but you really shouldn't be afraid of it. It only has one bad section and you can get off and walk it through. The rest of it is some awesome single track. I actually think the stair steps on Tibbs are harder. I just wish the single track were longer.
  6. t-bills

    t-bills mcs are dangerous

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    I went thru Little River Canyon on Friday. They had everything blocked off for the shutdown. Somebody had come along and "reopened" some of the overlooks and parking lots. I'm not very familiar with the area seeing as that was my first time, so if the trails are part of a WMA instead of the national park itself, they may be open. Aside from all of that mess, what a beautiful place!
  7. SquirrelyGrl

    SquirrelyGrl Squirrely Girl

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    This Thursday Night! 7:00 pm


    Open for anyone to have some fried chicken & talk about their trips in the past couple months.

    Also ~ ABHulgan & I & Todd are camping this Friday & Saturday (Nov. 1 & 2) night at Tellico, in the North River Campground.
  8. Sound Farm

    Sound Farm Art x Science

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    Hey guys. I am curious to know what your winters are like down in chattanooga. Are u riding year round ? How cold does it get ? Any snow ? alot of rain ? I'm looking into moving into the area next year. We are looking at Knoxville, chattanooga, Asheville , and Greenville. Thanx for the help. Seems like a great city. Making a trip down in spring to check it out. I'll have to see if anyone wants to take us on a good ride
  9. localmoto

    localmoto Been here awhile

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    lol,, all depends where you go... if you wounder what they mean by scattered thunder storms,,please come on down and see...:huh:rofl

    never can tell about the snow=normally not too bad...fyi main problem is damn for those salt trucks we have round here:deal..

    today was great rideing weather (i'm bit south of ashville) close to ga on nc/sc state line !!!

    but greenville/spartenburg/anderson or ga is where we go, ride in winter. both less then hr from house and least 15degrees warmer = yes if ya get off the top the mtn an go into flatland:lol3.
    always warmer south!!!!!!!!!!

    good luck tho..
  10. Sound Farm

    Sound Farm Art x Science

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    Thanks for the reply. I know that's a tough question. It has to be better than my winter in Iowa :( And I'm starting to realize. Asheville stays alot cooler and wet being up in the mountains. We love it there. I hesitate about it just being to much of a tourism center and the hippies eventually just being to much But we would like to be close. The noog. Seems like a great city with towns like Asheville and Nashville being a few hour drives each way
  11. peejman

    peejman i wanna ride

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    I grew up in Chattanooga and have lived in east TN most of my life.

    Winter in Chattanooga is typically either 40 deg and rain or 30 deg and sunny. We don't get much snow, but when it's 40 deg and raining during the day and cools off to 30 overnight, you get ice. It doesn't happen real often, but its nasty when it does.

    The summer forecast from about mid May through early October is hot, humid and a change of thunderstorms. Chattanooga summer temps can hover around 100 deg.

    Knoxville is basically the same, just 5 deg colder. The mountains do get an appreciable amount of snow. The "far east" up toward Bristol is yet another 5 deg colder.

    Having ridden a lot through the mountains in east TN and Western NC, I have concluded that it's always raining somewhere in the mountains.

    Of the places you mentioned, you'll find the cost of living lowest in Chattanooga (no TN state income tax or personal property tax) and highest in Asheville.
  12. Troutrider

    Troutrider Vicarious Adventurer

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    Might see you guys tomorrow night. Also might come by and throw gravels at you Saturday morning.:lol3 I'll be in the area on Saturday with Boojum. We'll try to stop by and say hi.

    Troutrider
  13. SquirrelyGrl

    SquirrelyGrl Squirrely Girl

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    Stop by?? Ya'll aren't gonna camp ?? Why not?? :cry
  14. ABHooligan

    ABHooligan The Flying Mythos

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    We'll be somewhere on North River Road, probably not in the North River Campground, as I'm too cheap to pay for camping. Look for a white Tacoma with a roof-top tent. We may not have motorcycles this weekend.

    You girls oughta bring your gear and camp-the rain's gonna be gone Friday morning.
  15. Troutrider

    Troutrider Vicarious Adventurer

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    Who's the girl leaving the bikes at home and driving her truck???:lol3 We'll be camped in the high country but will stop in if we see ya.

    Troutrider
  16. Troutrider

    Troutrider Vicarious Adventurer

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    Enjoyed visiting with you guys. Perfect weekend. Today was one of the best Fall rides I've ever had. No traffic anywhere (except the Ocoee Gorge) and great colors everywhere. Some fantastic roads I haven't ridden in a few years. Someday I'll get a Smugmug account so I can share some pictures. Boojum took a bunch. Maybe he'll share.

    Troutrider
  17. Doulos

    Doulos Doulos

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    Who is riding tommorow?

    I haven't seen many Chattanooga riders lately!:huh
  18. PoodlePumper

    PoodlePumper Custom Title User

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    I'm aboot an hour south....where's the riding?

    PP
  19. MrTwisty

    MrTwisty Short Bus Cowboy

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    I'm up for something tomorrow. Anybody have a suggestion? Small bikes or big bikes?
  20. Doulos

    Doulos Doulos

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    Monty, Steve and I are meeting at the BP on Ringgold/East Brainerd at 12:30. Big bike friendly - Monty is choosing route (on his Tiger). Come join us Twisty.