Riding North Carolina, TN and VA

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

  1. ChopperCharles

    ChopperCharles Long timer

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    Ooooh old 105. I’m going to have to remember that.
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  2. cmfireman

    cmfireman Adventurer

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    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!
  3. Wind Junky

    Wind Junky Adventurer

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    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
    Edgemont Rd
    Elk Creek Rd
    Thanks
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  4. BaldKnob

    BaldKnob I Wanna Ride

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    If you're ever riding (or driving) on Old 105... spend 15-20 minutes at Wisemans View.

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  5. BaldKnob

    BaldKnob I Wanna Ride

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    The Pisgah Area has a great mix of paved twisties and gravel roads. Perfect conditions for these 5-600lb ADV bikes! IMG_0866 (1).JPG

    Full disclosure, this is on Old 105.
  6. Gaston Gagne

    Gaston Gagne Past Easy

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    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!
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  7. kickstand72

    kickstand72 i just ride..... Supporter

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    Wow! Didn't know that! Thanks for heads up!
  8. BaldKnob

    BaldKnob I Wanna Ride

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    $125 fine... got mine off of Craig Creek.
  9. kmw

    kmw Adventure. Er...

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    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.
  10. MaverickNC

    MaverickNC Gnarly Dude

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    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.
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  11. Sonny S.

    Sonny S. Long timer

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    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?

    Thanks
  12. BaldKnob

    BaldKnob I Wanna Ride

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    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.
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  13. Sonny S.

    Sonny S. Long timer

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    Bingo!
    Thanks
  14. DCTFAN

    DCTFAN VIN# JH2SD0451GK000002 '16 CRF1000LD

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    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.
  15. CheapB

    CheapB Long timer Supporter

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    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. :)
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  16. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    snooze and you lose. I've been gonna get there for too long I guess. I hate when that happens.
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  17. BaldKnob

    BaldKnob I Wanna Ride

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    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.
  18. SidewinderX

    SidewinderX Hey, watch this! Super Supporter

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    I’ve had a lot of fond memories on Maple Sally.

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    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...

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    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..
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  19. CheapB

    CheapB Long timer Supporter

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    4! that’s right, I said 4 times! :lol3
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  20. kmw

    kmw Adventure. Er...

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    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