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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Extremenc, Jan 23, 2017.
Ooooh old 105. I’m going to have to remember that.
One of my favorite local loops as well, usually including the Wilson Creek area. Between the mentioned roads and 226A, Buck Creek rd, Double Island and the Parkway, this is my favorite area to ride close to home!
Hey Y’all, I’m going to be in Blowing Rock for a meeting 17-19 May. I’ll be heading up a day early to try and explore some dirt roads in the area. Can you update me on the conditions of the following roads, are these open?
Old NC 105
Craig Creek Rd
Beach Mt Rd
Elk Creek Rd
If you're ever riding (or driving) on Old 105... spend 15-20 minutes at Wisemans View.
The Pisgah Area has a great mix of paved twisties and gravel roads. Perfect conditions for these 5-600lb ADV bikes!
Full disclosure, this is on Old 105.
If you are on Old 105, and you have your bike off of the road, you'll get a ticket should the ranger come through. There are a number of campsites that invite you to bring your rig closer to your tent location. In general, the limits of motor travel are pretty well defined by rocks, but you can ride a motorcycle right through them. It seems completely harmless. This applies to Curtis Creek as well. I know several people that have been ticketed in both locations. Enjoy!
Wow! Didn't know that! Thanks for heads up!
$125 fine... got mine off of Craig Creek.
That’s not entirely true. There are a *lot* of spots on Kistler where it’s expected that you’re going to park off the road/by the campsite. You can’t take a bike down a hiking trail but I’ve camped both sides of that gorge almost every year for 21 years and the “car camping” spots are designed to have you park close to the fire pits.
And for those reading who dont know: Kistler Memorial Hwy = Old NC 105
+1 on the car camping spots there, never had an issue. Down on Craig's Creek though, stay outside the boulders that are in place.
Hey guy's I'm trying to plan a route from Betsy's County store over off 90 and wanting to take Pineola Rd. over towards the BRP and the GPS won't allow it unless I'm walking. Is Pineola not a through road?
If going east to the west... Pineola will end at Long Ridge Church. Make a right on Old Jonas Ridge Rd and follow it to the Parkway.
Maple Sally used to be a fun ride.
Went through Friday after the rain and could not recognize it.
The entire trail was graded into a two-lane gravel hwy.
that sucks! I need to get back that way and check it out. I do have a new bike to try out on the dirt roads. :)
snooze and you lose. I've been gonna get there for too long I guess. I hate when that happens.
Maple Sally is still a fun ride for big bikes because of the length and all those damn turns/ switchbacks. If the State decides to pave it, I’ll look forward to riding that as well.
I’ve had a lot of fond memories on Maple Sally.
Including a fellow rider deciding that dirt was not his cup of tea... I can’t remember the count but his poor GS was picked up a lot that day...
And another fellow rider ending up with his front fender planted in the grill of a truck full of ANGRY Bear Hunters (with guns of course)...
Didn’t have time to take a picture of that one..
4! that’s right, I said 4 times!
Most of the roads down there have seen heavy grading and re-gravelling after the floods of the last two years. It’s happened to Sampson Road, too, and someone told me they’ve finally put a gate up on the Penley connector to Richlands Road. NC are doing all they can to get rid of gravel