Riding North Carolina, TN and VA

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Extremenc, Jan 23, 2017.

  1. SidewinderX

    SidewinderX Hey, watch this! Super Supporter

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    I plan to come back this summer. Probably do a Fri, Sat, Sun next time.
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  2. Amphib

    Amphib A mind is like a parachute....

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    We're in Nantahala today...incredible riding... View from our campsite. Albert mountain. 20190417_181505.jpg


    We're changing up our trip to avoid the incoming weather. Making our way northwest tomorrow to Daniel Boone national forest in TN. Forcast looks to be much better plus great roads getting there.
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    kickstand72 i just ride..... Supporter

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    Stopped at hot springs before heading to max patch, cold springs on to heintooga but the gate was closed. Dropped down to bunches creek to big cove rd in Cherokee back to max patch out 107 to Newport tn. A lot of great riding out here..
  4. Amphib

    Amphib A mind is like a parachute....

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    Morning coffee


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    scfrank Old farts riding club. Supporter

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  6. StevieVVet

    StevieVVet Been here awhile

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    When you say improved the road, is it the f
    When you say improved the road, are you talking about Fire Service Road 288? Is it dirt, gravel or pavement? I show accessing it off Rt 40 at Cold Springs Creek Road. Doing a ride in a few weeks to the area from the coast. Appreciate any info.
  7. MaverickNC

    MaverickNC Gnarly Dude

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    @Amphib where exactly is that camp spot? Hurricane Creek?
  8. mhr650

    mhr650 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Yes FS288 is the road you access at the Harmon Den exit on I40 to go to Buzzards Roost. It is a good gravel forest service road that is drivable even for a passenger car. You do have to cross a low water bridge right after you get on the road at I40, this is what they were talking about regarding the river being too high to cross. You can also access the other side of FS288 either by going further down I40 to the Waterville exit or coming from Cataloochee, both of those will get you to Mt Sterling road which takes you to FS288.


    As long as you stay on the main Mt Sterling, and FS288 the roads are nice and easy to ride. There are alternate roads up there that branch off from the main roads that are way more rugged and interesting but depending on your level of commitment may be too much…
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  9. SidewinderX

    SidewinderX Hey, watch this! Super Supporter

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    FS288 today

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    The Roost

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    Little water crossing on the I-40 side

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    And some fresh meat was waiting for me at the door when I got home!

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  10. SuhthernBoy

    SuhthernBoy Wanderer

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    And some fresh meat was waiting for me at the door when I got home!

    View attachment 1638185 You going from Heidi's to Eo7?
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  11. scfrank

    scfrank Old farts riding club. Supporter

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    Great. Thanks for the pics!
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  12. SidewinderX

    SidewinderX Hey, watch this! Super Supporter

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    @WRKITHOT talked me into trying some Motoz Tractionator Adv tires.

    I think they will perform well beyond my needs on the 800GS.
  13. SidewinderX

    SidewinderX Hey, watch this! Super Supporter

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    I may beat on her a little but she can’t complain about being maintained. She got a bath before I did...


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  14. Amphib

    Amphib A mind is like a parachute....

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    Got back in last night. We took fs 67 till it ended looking for a camp spot. We didn't like it up there. Coming back down, 2nd or 3rd switchback, there was a heavily rutted 2 track on your left, down to the roots leading up to a clearing in the rhodo. A good spot, right up against the AT. While looking for firewood and a tree for the bear bag there was another good spot on the other side of the AT. A huge rock with a fire pit which was several feet away from that ledge in the pic.
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  15. Amphib

    Amphib A mind is like a parachute....

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    Its gravel. When I was there last fall it was muddy. Level areas between the switchbacks were mud bogs over the hubs. Either go through the mud or try and ride the narrow high track on the edge... Appears they graded it.... Lots of loose gravel now.
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  16. mhr650

    mhr650 Been here awhile Supporter

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    If you had to do a creek crossing you were not on FS288, you were on Flat Branch road. The maps out there are terrible and many have Flat Branch road marked as FS288, believe it or not the only accurate one that I could find was Bing…Flat Branch road is way more difficult than FS288, which I have driven in my VW station wagon with no drama at all. Did you have big round river rock on all of the water bars? That is a dead giveaway that you are on Flat Branch road, it is a fun road and gets you to the same place just more difficult.


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    mhr650 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Remember that the Tail Chaser 250 is coming up this weekend. Got the course and it looks like a pretty good compilation of many of the roads that get talked about on this thread. The first offroad section is Pinnacle Mountain road, then Diamond Creek with the water crossing which should be back down to a reasonable level by Saturday LOL. FS4663 then loop back down to Wolf Mountain, then a big dose of Pisgah Forest Service roads, 475 to 475B, down 276 and back up the mountain on 477, finally 1206 over to Mills River.
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  18. SidewinderX

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    Maybe we were on Flat Branch Rd. Idk
    We were on this road that Google and Garmin called 288.
    It definitely had the big round river rock and you can see the creek crossing in the original picture. I wouldn’t call it difficult though.

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  19. scfrank

    scfrank Old farts riding club. Supporter

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    Only one I don’t know is 4663. What’s it like?
  20. jfauerba

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    Last part near Charlies creek is steep and hard, the rest is pretty normal.