Riding North Carolina, TN and VA

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

  1. SuhthernBoy

    SuhthernBoy Wanderer

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    4.4 miles off 19E in Elk Park near the TN Border.
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  2. CheapB

    CheapB Long timer Supporter

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    yep, considering ^ he's the one that showed me, I reckon he knows what he's talking about. :D

    Elk River Falls!
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  3. JRowland

    JRowland reaching for the sky Supporter

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    I’d be up for tagging along as well.

    If you guys (or any of you regulars) need anything while you’re over this way just PM me, they go to my email. Usually there is good cell service because of I40. I have garage space and tools and access to much more of each close by including lifts.
  4. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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  5. kvango

    kvango Been here awhile

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    Will check out those falls (and campsite)

    Traded the 450 6 days for a 950SE. The 950 seems to be perfect for most of the roads (smokies/Appalachia). Didn’t camp along Linville Gorge on this trip, but a dozen or so awesome campsites. Also rode around Harmon Den - Hanford area. Will bring my other 450 up next time and look for more challenging trails. The dirt Cherahola is a literally a blast on the 950, have to remember to slow down in case an F250 is coming around the next corner.
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    And I posted Halls Top a few months ago, here is another obligatory photo spot . . .
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  6. JRowland

    JRowland reaching for the sky Supporter

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    Funny, bring it over tomorrow I’m doing the WRX and the DR.
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  7. JRowland

    JRowland reaching for the sky Supporter

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    Cold Springs Creek Rd. is open for business

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    Looks like it was a pretty good slide

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  8. JRowland

    JRowland reaching for the sky Supporter

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    I was going to head over towards Wolf Mountain yesterday but the weather didn’t look promising south of me. Can’t stop thinking about TN 32 so I made a loop that included that. It was a great ride, saw some more parts of an area I’m getting to know pretty good but amazingly keep finding more hidden gems. This ride was probably 70% dirt/gravel.

    FS 288

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    Lunch on Cold Springs Creek Rd., the trout stocking guys were out so it was cool to learn a little about that from them.

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    Rock faces everywhere yesterday

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    I always skip over this part of Old 15th, I wont be anymore now that I found this little oasis.

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    Rocky Top

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    I was a little lost here but it was an awesome road

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    Round Mountain

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  9. JRowland

    JRowland reaching for the sky Supporter

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    @PineyMountainRacing, I passed a Piney Mountain road in TN near Cosby and I also know of one in west Waynesville near the orchard. Anything to do with you?
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  10. PineyMountainRacing

    PineyMountainRacing Oops....

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    I’ve been past both of those, but I “hail from” Piney Mtn in Jackson County, over by Whittier.
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  11. JRowland

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    You must hail from a large clan :D
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  12. ncrambler

    ncrambler Adventurer Supporter

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    Yea those are good roads to ride, go there often (I'm in Marion also). First time on dirt in about 40 years and loving it.
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  13. Robco

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    I did a quick after work ride on Brown yesterday, we hit 4, 1B and 9 out. everything was in nice shape. I'm planning on hitting the single trac trails next time.
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  14. Robco

    Robco Adventurer

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    I just got back into dirt a few years ago, before that I did harleys and custom bikes to sport bikes and track days, but now I'm really enjoying dirt and the SM bikes. Just because our bodies are getting old, it doesn't mean our minds are! The last time I came off of 105, I believe sunday before last, I passed a 250L heading up. It was just a mile or two from the bottom. Maybe that was you.
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  15. zeer0

    zeer0 who?

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    @JRowland I’ve used your posts as a great font of info about the area. My wife and I go up there a lot. Just got back today from another scouting trip. We’ve been staying at the Clarkton Motel( Awesome owners, we just love ‘em).Ran the BIA highway 434 today (love that one), and were up on Halls top yesterday. Do you have any info on what they’re doing on Halls Top rd.?
    Just wanna say thanks for your input on this thread. I’ve gleaned a lot of info from you, and please, keep it up!
  16. JRowland

    JRowland reaching for the sky Supporter

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    Thank you, thank @Extremenc for starting the idea and laying out his rides with awesome photos. The more everyone talks about where they went that was cool the bigger area we all have to play in. I usually see close to zero other riders out my way, occasionally but not often. Street is a whole other story but I know how to avoid the crowds pretty easy on the pavement, even when I’m on the Harleys.

    Enough people come visit here, might as well make it easy to find some great gravel/dirt riding. I know it’s not easy to find it takes me a bit of exploring often to put good loops together. The exploring is fun for me but to know you have an all day affair already mapped out is more fun when you’re visiting, to me anyway.

    As for Halls Top the dozer dude that I ran into and actually spoke to said improvements, I don’t like it but it is what it is. He laughed after he said it, he had on a Fox Racing hat. There’s still enough unimproved around and I’ll still ride Halls Top again, I like them all but it’s nowhere near as challenging.

    I was up checking on Heintooga Ridge today, no dice yet.
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  17. kvango

    kvango Been here awhile

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    So improvement is leveling out the awful clay, mud, rock and covering it with 8” of nice loose gravel
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    Sadly, that was a fun run. I wanted to take the 950 up the hill and ‘compare’ it to the 450 I had in January. Somehow I missed a turn, and my loop missed Hall’s Top (I started from Harmon Den). Started to rain, so not a big deal (was hailing pretty bad when I got back to my truck).

    Might head back up next week, if the rain forecast clears. Will look for some single track, which seems hard to find (I have done the 81/82 single track over by witt’s road). Want to bring up the older 450, or maybe both 450/950 on the trailer. (Trailer or carrier from Clearwater the only option, especially this time of year). Maybe Suches, or love my spot on Lake Santeetlah . . . 41590947-FC8B-4CCE-B428-A7FADEB1DADD.jpeg 3C6937D6-ED99-4E1C-9CD0-792A240AB51D.jpeg
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  18. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    My buddy from CT brought his little Kawasaki Sherpa down to see what the deal is down here in motorcycle heaven
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  19. tireatr

    tireatr Let's go for a ride

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    Is the south section still a gravel-fest? From 19E to Bandana was horrible for a for weeks. Taking a break from it just riding DI
  20. Scud Runner

    Scud Runner Adventurer

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    Took a four day trip back in mid May with my son and son in-law. My son is a brand new rider and was riding his new KLX 250. I rode the KLR and my son in law rode his TTX 225. We met up in Raleigh NC and headed to the Uwharrie forest where we rode the forest service roads for most of the day. Camped there that night just off the Uwharrie River. Left the next morning and rode to Linville Gorge where we stayed at a private campground ( Linville Family campground) great place very clean and bike friendly. We spent the next two days riding the blue ridge parkway as well as table rock road up to table rock picnic area. In the pictures posted of this trip we ran into a snag. A tree had fallen and blocked the road. Luckily a local had a chain saw and we helped open the road back up. Couldn’t have asked for more perfect riding weather the entire trip.

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