Smokies During Spring Break

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by Lencho, Mar 7, 2006.

  1. Lencho

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    My wife and kids are going to see daddy-in-law for Spring Break, so I am going to take advantage of my short term bachelorhood and go ride the Smokies for 2 days the last week of March. Your road recommendation would be appreciated, especially any dirt road suggestions. I only have the old fashion GPS – Delorme topographical maps, so good directions will be greatly appreciated. Of course, if anyone is interested in going, let me know.
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  2. SWSportsman

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    Do a search on here using N.C., Maggie Valley, Waynesville & Bryson City. Some good threads with directions are here.

    Also, take a look at www.tailofthedragon.com. They have descriptions of dual sport rides and maps.

    If you value your machine and your life, stay off of I-40 between Newport TN and Asheville.

    Have fun!
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    I have bidness in Cary NC done on march 24 then going to plant myself at a campground somewhere to thaw :rofl :rofl ride :rofl :rofl and maybe have a few adult beverages As I have the next week off (march 27-31) when and where? I likes riding in the mountains. :clap :clap

    Thinking of camping at the Deals Gap campground What kind of weather we going to have this time of year??
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  4. Lencho

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    The days I have available start on Saturday the 25th. I am planning on taking the first couple of days off the following work week too, so I have from the 25th - 28th to fit this fun into. I'm in the Nashville area so it takes me a few hours to get to the Smokies. Longer if I want to take the back roads (riding the Platue can almost be as fun as the Smokies!). Via Super Slab it takes about 3.5 hours. Not sure where yet, still in the planning. I'm going to do some searches that SWSportsman recommended and get the map out and plan. Always ride the Gap a couple of times, but would like to find some dirt roads this time, if its not too muddy (pig V-Strom and pig rider don't mix well in mud :lol3 ). The Weather should be good. Today it's 55 degrees and sunny at Deal's Gap, so a couple more weeks and it should be even warmer. Only concern might be a thunder storm, as the season around here for those is from March through May.
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    I here you about the mud :eek1 a GS and Anakees and mud equals pain and expensive parts... I would like to do some jeep type trails
    sounds like will be in the same area same dates. where are you thinking of staying?

    Cheers
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    Lencho, Wolffy,
    Check out Hot Springs NC area. We have lots of great unpaved roads here. I will be free on 3/25 & 3/26. Will be glad to show you the best roads. SWsportsman came up here to ride with me once, in the dead of winter. We ran into some icy conditions in high altitudes (I'm sure he has repaired the damage by now). That shouldn't be a problem in late March, though. Hot Springs campground has a website. Its within easy reach of the Smokey Mountains by ultra twisty roads both paved and/or unpaved, and is surrounded by same. Let me know in a P.M. (Actually, I think you will find that the roads just northeast of the Smokies are much more fun and less crowded than in the Smokies proper). Mike

    Hi SWsportsman!
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    Thanks for the info and offer, mrktm! I'll PM you later this month if this looks to be the place to go. It sounds like it is! In pulling up campgrounds in Hot Springs, I get about six coming up with various names like Blue Ridge Base Camp, Creekridge Camp, Hot Springs Resort and Spa (:evil ). Do you happen to know the name or website of the camp ground you are refering too? Wollfy, maybe this will be the place to meet up.
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    Yes: Phone 828 622 7676
    www.hotspringsnc.org/-HScampground
    That camp store in the picture is what to look for when you get there. The whole town is only a few blocks long, so you can't miss it.
    And its just a few miles from the Tennessee line.
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    Hey Mike,

    Yep, I have some new plastic and a newfound respect for icy dirt roads!

    I should have mentioned the Hot Springs area. The ride from Maggie to Hot Springs is one of my favorites.
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    The hot water......:freaky

    Looks like an easy drive from RDU so Im making reservations for friday nite (mar 24) maybe move later on in the week looks like it is getting to be a real adhoc advriders rally :deal Ok 3 so far thats a start
    Cheers
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    :clapOK then, I'll look for you late FRI MAR 24 or early SAT MAR 25. I'll probably be on something orange.

    Should we start another thread in this same forum (regional east) for the UNOFFICIALHOTSPRINGSMARCHMINIRALLY???:D
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    Or something along those lines?
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    The 3rd UNOFFICIALHOTSPRINGSMARCHMINIRALLY rider can't leave the Nashville area until early Saturday morning. :2cry
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    The canpground is open for the season. :clap They dont take reservations untill later (may) so its a free for all She said they never fill up this early. They do have some cabins which are around $45 per night. so it think
    were all set. :freaky now I just got to get the maintanence done on my GS
    OVAD TB sync and fluids.... 2 hours.

    Cheers
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    Lencho,
    That's OK. Tell us about what time you can be there, and we can loop back around and get you. The great thing about Hot Springs area, is that there are interesting loops in any direction.
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    Bumpidy Bump For Anyone Who Has Not Seen This End Of March Unofficalhotspringmarchminirally Plan.
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    I hope I can get out of town F'ing SNOW [​IMG]

    Dont worry This is from St Paul Minnesota (aka Frozen Hell) this picture is from this morning March 16 out of my Kitchen window 14 inches in the last week.
    Tomorrow I hit the road. head south for 2 weeks Maybe when I return It will have melted

    Cheers
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    Its not a very good forcast for Hot springs March 24 High 47 rain and some snow :huh :huh Those weathermen always get it wrong.
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    Burrr. That is a lot of snow :eek1 . Heading south is the right thing to do! Definately don't count on any weather forcast at this point! A couple of days ago they said is would be a chilly low 50's around here and it's been almost 70 yesterday and today. With some luck, we will have the same weather in another 12 days.
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    Yeah, its hard to tell that far ahead. Our weather channel local forecast goes as far as Thursday 3/23, hi 55 & sunny. Most of our highs lately have been hi 50s to low 70s. The daytime rains that have been forecast lately have not even happened. Last Sunday I rode one of the Adventures for 8 hrs. in beautiful weather. I'm going riding today right after work. I'm going to the Atlanta motorcycle show Saturday, and I'll ride again Sunday.
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    Hot Springs early gathering this weekend.

    (weather channel shows good weather for Sat and Sun)
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