Upstate SC Gravel Roads

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  1. trespalacios

    trespalacios Oh libertad

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    ... and thanks for being so kind to me and not mentioning the second sandy pit fall going uphill. I do recall some adjustments made to your big beast and after that you made it look like you were riding a 250cc dirt bike. Priceless friendship. Let's do it again!!!
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  2. Honkylicious

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    Thanks for the write up Rich. But to be truthful, when no one was looking, I drove my KLR into the bushes, hopped off, and laid it on its side. Didn't want you guys to feel bad about dropping your bikes, and having me to help pick them up. :lol3
    Can't wait to do it agian!
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  3. waybill

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    n1;17797808]Anyone have maps of dual sport routes/gravel roads in the upstate SC?[/QUOTE]

    That Horsepasture Rd. area is nice, I found it several years ago on a tip from some Asheville guys, doesn't appear open in summer though. Here's a (sizable) day loop you guys could do a little west of there, I can't do a gps file at the moment but here are directions.

    From 11 head N on 130 quite a way, then left on Cheohee Valley rd, right on Cherokee Lk rd, then veer right on Winding stairs rd. Right on 107, left on Burrells Ford rd, right on 28, left on Warwoman then just down the hill (at bridge) right on Overflow Creek rd, cont. N onto Hale Ridge rd to 106 and turn right, then left on Turtle Pond rd. Right on 28, cont. straight thru Highlands (don't turn) and becomes Horse Cove rd. At fork go right on Bull Pen rd (nice picnic spot at the iron bridge) then right on 107, left on Oscar Wiginton then right back onto 130. Seven of those roads are gravel, some more maintained than others, and easily doable on a KLR, Wee, GS, etc., no water crossings but plenty of good scenery. Maybe one of yall can map it, get the mileage and estimate the time it takes. It's probably a relatively full day from Greenville counting lunch and pit stops.
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  4. trespalacios

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    That Horsepasture Rd. area is nice, I found it several years ago on a tip from some Asheville guys, doesn't appear open in summer though. Here's a (sizable) day loop you guys could do a little west of there, I can't do a gps file at the moment but here are directions.

    From 11 head N on 130 quite a way, then left on Cheohee Valley rd, right on Cherokee Lk rd, then veer right on Winding stairs rd. Right on 107, left on Burrells Ford rd, right on 28, left on Warwoman then just down the hill (at bridge) right on Overflow Creek rd, cont. N onto Hale Ridge rd to 106 and turn right, then left on Turtle Pond rd. Right on 28, cont. straight thru Highlands (don't turn) and becomes Horse Cove rd. At fork go right on Bull Pen rd (nice picnic spot at the iron bridge) then right on 107, left on Oscar Wiginton then right back onto 130. Seven of those roads are gravel, some more maintained than others, and easily doable on a KLR, Wee, GS, etc., no water crossings but plenty of good scenery. Maybe one of yall can map it, get the mileage and estimate the time it takes. It's probably a relatively full day from Greenville counting lunch and pit stops.[/QUOTE]

    Thanks Bill. It seems very nice, about 190 miles from the intersection of Hwys 25 and 11 according to google maps. Will include it in a future trip and hopefully bring Ridingman1 along since he is officially the ride reporter in chief.

    Here's the link:

    https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msi...ll=34.934075,-83.026428&spn=0.218413,0.308647
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  5. waybill

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    Looks good. There's quite a bit of elevation gain on Winding Stairs and Overflow Cr/Hale Ridge, then you fall back off the plateau in a hurry out of Highlands. There are some other variations too, longer, shorter, and more difficult, I'll be interested to see what you think.
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  6. trespalacios

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    Looks like I'll be checking it out tomorrow. I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks again
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  7. trespalacios

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    Went back on friday before the rain and explored the musterground area again. We did all the in and outs and on our way back took the trail to the NC Gorges. I'm glad it was dry as that route is far more technical than the rest. Lots of fun!!
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  8. trespalacios

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    I went this Saturday (glorious weather) on a ride around 107 and took Burrels Ford Rd (thanks waybill!!). Nice gravel road, graded and well maintained, easily done on any street bike. Off of it though, there are two double tracks heading to campsites. There were not extremely technical but since I have battlewings and lower clearance I have to pick better my route so in a few spots I was dodging vegetation.

    Here's naked Suzie resting on the forest's shade

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    A little water crossing

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    The washout road. No challenging track ever looks hard on pictures :ddog
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    Since I don't know how to paste maps here's the link to the area:

    https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Burrells+Ford+Road,+Mountain+Rest,+SC&hl=en&ll=34.964555,-83.122902&spn=0.009724,0.01929&sll=34.347971,-83.38623&sspn=1.25398,2.469177&oq=burre&hnear=Burrells+Ford+Rd,+Mountain+Rest,+South+Carolina+29664&t=m&z=16
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  9. 1worshipguy

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    I'm new to this forum and new to dual sporting and to my 2007 1200GS Adventure. Never done any offroading (on purpose).

    Found a dirt road today of about 5 miles or so. Going north on Hwy 276, after Cesar's head, take Cascade Lake Rd to the right at the fire dept. then immediately to the right again onto Reasonover Rd. A few miles in, it turns to gravel for about 5 miles or so. It's a well maintained road and I faced little difficulty even with my inexperience. I actually took it from the other direction but don't recall how I got there...just knew I wanted to go back so took notes on the way out!

    Also, got lost :D and found a double track but was alone (and with no experience, no guts!). Oil Camp Creek Rd. you can find it by taking River Falls Rd off of Hwy 11 about a mile or so west of the 11/276 split that sends 276 into Marietta and 11 goes off to the north. Anyway, a few miles up River Falls, you'll find Oil Camp Creek Road off to the left.

    A few miles in, there's a Y, stay right (left dead ends into a private driveway and gate). About 1/4 mile up, the right of the Y "dead ends" into a double track. My Garmin showed it continuing, but Google maps doesn't show it.

    However, after chickening out and finding another route and coming down Hwy 276 from North to South, I found the other end of that double track off to my left, again, my Garmin showing it as Oil Camp Creek Rd, and even having a stop sign to enter 276. It looked like quite a ride.

    Anyone done this little ride?

    Looking forward to finding these other routes. Thanks for posting them!
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  10. trespalacios

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    Haven't done it but look forward to doing it soon. Thanks
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  12. Bulleteer

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    Nice tracks, BigAl. :thumb

    Did you ride through on Oil Camp Creek Rd? There's a gate on the upper end about 60 yds from US276. Every time I've checked, it's been closed. I was thinking about retracing 1worshipguy's route from the lower end, but I suspect there's another gate down there somewhere. It's now Wilderness Area, you know.

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  13. delta21

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    Try Red Turner RD. in northern Greenville County
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  14. BigAl37

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    I have not ridden the Oil camp road section, I added that after reading the earlier posts. I have ridden all the rest including the bad creek/gorges section (highly recommended).
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  15. trespalacios

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    I decided to go this past sunday to check out Oil camp creek rd, starting from River Falls rd. As described by 1worshipguy it turned into a double track but right away I got to this:

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    I called both Caesar's Head and Jones Gap parks and they told me that Oil Camp Creek Rd is permanently closed (not even a walking trail). Headed down to Burrels Pen Rd

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  16. 1worshipguy

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    Well, that stinks. Following what looked like a trail on Google looked like Oil Camp Creek would've been an awesome track. Oh well.
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