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Riding North Carolina, TN and VA

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

  1. mikegc

    mikegc Long timer Super Supporter

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    Ride the MABDR. I completed it a couple of weeks ago and it was one of the best rides I've been on . . . ever.

    Mike
  2. Amphib

    Amphib A mind is like a parachute....

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    +1 My recommendation is to hit the mabdr. I just got back last Thursday. It's incredibly beautiful. Leaves are close to peak up north, starting to change down here. The small towns are very festive. It was an epic trip and one that I'll forever remember.
  3. GlennR

    GlennR Chasin' my tail

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    I really like riding on the backside of Beech Mtn. Poga Rd. and Dark Ridge Rd. are a couple of my favorites. All the roads that get you to them are really nice. If you're looking for some gravel, Heaton Branch-Walnut Mtn-Buck Mtn., which runs from Elk Mills over to Roan Mtn. is nice.

    You really can't go wrong with any of the roads in the area.
  4. jfauerba

    jfauerba Been here awhile

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  5. mhr650

    mhr650 Been here awhile Supporter

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  6. ChopperCharles

    ChopperCharles Long timer

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    If you're in the Boone area, stop in at the Mountain View Motorcycle Campground and ask Mark to take you out. He knows all the best dirt in the area. I went on a 3 hour long loop with him and a bunch of other riders and it was a blast.

    Charles.
  7. Brett Berisford

    Brett Berisford Been here awhile

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    This is exact what I was looking for. Thank you all for the input. Plan to spend a day or so south of Blowing Rock then back to the MABDR north.
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  8. ChopperCharles

    ChopperCharles Long timer

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    Also any of the roads into Table Rock are a blast. I suggest coming in from the south, hitting table rock just because the road is amazing (the hike is great too if you've got an hour or so), and then back out, and pick up one of the fire roads heading north.

    Charles.
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  9. Brett Berisford

    Brett Berisford Been here awhile

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    181 to fish hatchery rd?
    I’m camped about 25 miles Northeast of there on FS Rd 464 and could start my day there.

    What a great area, thanks again for all the tips.
  10. ChopperCharles

    ChopperCharles Long timer

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    This is the route I took there:
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    I started on Fish Hatchery Rd and went North on the route shown above. You can pick up FS210B to continue North to table rock road, and eventually 181. Or go East and make a loop of it back down to Fish Hatchery.

    This route alone was gnarly and tons of fun. I blasted through it on my SCR950, sliding it all over and I had the road 95% to myself. I wish I had continued north, but didn't have the correct routing (Google Maps wouldn't route in car mode, I later figured out to put it in bicycle mode), and I didn't want to stop and scour the maps. Down the mountain was just as much fun as up, and I only had an hour or two left of daylight anyhow, so I high-tailed it back to the campground.

    Charles.
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  11. ChopperCharles

    ChopperCharles Long timer

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    Actually hell, scratch that. I think maybe I did come in from the north, not the south. That would make more sense... all I know is I was going by word-of-mouth directions and landmarks and I got all turned around. It makes more sense to have come in from the north, but I don't rightly recall that I did.

    Also, you should stop at the Mast General Store in Sugar Grove. Especially if you like knives, multitools, or need a pair of hiking boots.

    Charles.
  12. mhr650

    mhr650 Been here awhile Supporter

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    If you are up in that area and you have never ridden it, you should check out Maple Sally road, it really is as curvy as the map indicates…


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    If you are looking for something a bit more challenging, you can always check out Old House Gap road.

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  13. mhr650

    mhr650 Been here awhile Supporter

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    I was out riding Saturday and much to my surprise I found out the Wayehutta ORV area is open now. It would be fun to organize a ride there before it gets closed for the winter. I rode there long ago on a real dirt bike, but from memory I think the 1290 should be able to do many of trails, if slowly.


    https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/nfsnc/recarea/?recid=48662
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  14. justBert

    justBert Been here awhile Supporter

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    When did you have in mind?
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  15. AlH

    AlH Long timer

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    Is that Old House Gap Rd also known as Roseboro Gragg Rd also known as FR192 also known as SR1530?:lol3

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  16. bbanker

    bbanker Been here awhile Supporter

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    Yep that's it. North to South is mostly downhill.
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  17. mhr650

    mhr650 Been here awhile Supporter

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    To add even more confusion when you get to the end of the smooth gravel section it has a sign for Mountain to Sea Trail…..


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  18. AlH

    AlH Long timer

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    Drives me nuts with the road names in NC- can look on 5 different maps and find 5 different names for the same road...I was trying to figure out if I rode it or not, been all over a lot of that area but think I missed that one..
    Gonne be near there camped at Linville Falls (the BRP one) for 2 weeks soon- may or may not have my DR650 with me.

    I was thinking of School House Ridge Rd (FR468) at first- I rode that- once. Every other time I've been in that area they had it closed.
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  19. JRowland

    JRowland reaching for the sky Supporter

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    I had the pleasure to ride with @justBert and @Rusty Rocket today. Bert and I met up at the 209 Cafe by my house and rode Max Patch over to Del Rio and met up with Rocket who always shows me he’s not rusty in the least :-). We did a loop of Martha Sundquist and then Hurricane Creek up and out to Wesley Creek. We ate lunch at Ferguson’s Supply, it was my first time eating there and it was good. The employees working were friendly as well. I had Baby Heads on my mind but we didn’t really have time so we did another loop of Martha the opposite direction and split ways back on Max Patch Rd. The colors were pretty nice and all the dead leaves added to the challenge. The pace was brisk today and I had a blast. Thanks for the great day gentlemen :thumb

    Hurricane Creek

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    This was the first time these two started getting it (after 4 stream crossings :lol3) and waiting so I could try to get pics, well Bert did anyway.

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    Wesley Creek

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    We had company way up here

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    Martha Sundquist

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    I’ll buy you two cement mixers if we ever go to a bar :-)
  20. JRowland

    JRowland reaching for the sky Supporter

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    Nice find. It was still closed last time I checked. I’m in Mr. Organizer Sir!
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