Riding North Carolina, TN and VA

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

  1. Extremenc

    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2016
    Oddometer:
    1,018
    Location:
    Deep Gap, North Carolina USA
  2. CheapB

    CheapB Long timer Supporter

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2009
    Oddometer:
    1,922
    Location:
    Kaaaang, North Cackalacky
    how you been Extreme?!
    JRowland and Rusty Rocket like this.
  3. SwampyDeadHead

    SwampyDeadHead Pitter patter lets get at’er Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2020
    Oddometer:
    378
    Location:
    Tampa, FL
    Plotting my next ride and camp. Bored in Florida.

    46AED86D-00E7-4ABB-9A2B-CA677162F301.jpeg
    norton73, GlennR, ZigzagguzzI and 8 others like this.
  4. JRowland

    JRowland reaching for the sky Supporter

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2018
    Oddometer:
    3,098
    Location:
    Maggie Valley, NC
    Cool thing is there’s someone intimately familiar with each of those areas ^^^ in this thread. 2 of them I know well, 3 I sort of know, 1 I’ve sniffed, and 2 I know nothing (I think). Exploring is fun!
    norton73, justBert, dp064 and 5 others like this.
  5. Extremenc

    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2016
    Oddometer:
    1,018
    Location:
    Deep Gap, North Carolina USA
    Doing good. Jeep driving instead of motorcycle riding, but still enjoying every FS road and trail I can find. Enjoy seeing what you all are doing and riding!
    CheapB, pike, Rusty Rocket and 4 others like this.
  6. SwampyDeadHead

    SwampyDeadHead Pitter patter lets get at’er Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2020
    Oddometer:
    378
    Location:
    Tampa, FL

    I’ve ridden and explored a lot between Tellico Plains and Bryson City and I’m going more North and east next trip.
  7. JRowland

    JRowland reaching for the sky Supporter

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2018
    Oddometer:
    3,098
    Location:
    Maggie Valley, NC
    If you end up near Maggie give me a shout if you want to ride together.
    SwampyDeadHead likes this.
  8. SwampyDeadHead

    SwampyDeadHead Pitter patter lets get at’er Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2020
    Oddometer:
    378
    Location:
    Tampa, FL
    Will do. Can anyone comment on Parson Branch rd between 129 and Cades Cove is it a one way? In Gaia it shows some arrows like it's one way southbound only. I'd like to ride south to north Rich Mountain Rd and to Townsend through Cades Cove. That whole section looks amazing on topo maps.
    JRowland likes this.
  9. PineyMountainRacing

    PineyMountainRacing Oops....

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2008
    Oddometer:
    6,847
    Location:
    Sarasota, FL / Sylva, NC
    PB is 1-way out of CC, but I’m pretty sure it’s still closed (I think since 2017)
  10. SidewinderX

    SidewinderX Hey, watch this! Super Supporter

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2009
    Oddometer:
    2,388
    Location:
    NW North Carolina
    Parsons Branch is one way going N to S and quite frequently closed.
    JRowland and SwampyDeadHead like this.
  11. SwampyDeadHead

    SwampyDeadHead Pitter patter lets get at’er Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2020
    Oddometer:
    378
    Location:
    Tampa, FL
    Ok thanks. Good intel.
  12. Fireman1000

    Fireman1000 Long timer

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2006
    Oddometer:
    6,269
    Location:
    Gray GA
    I think Parson's Branch has been permanently closed.
    dwheil, JRowland and SwampyDeadHead like this.
  13. nukeguy

    nukeguy Adventurer Supporter

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2015
    Oddometer:
    41
    Location:
    East Tennessee
    Although I am hoping that the new funding bill for the National Parks will include enough money to get Parson Branch re-opened.
  14. tellicotom

    tellicotom Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2008
    Oddometer:
    774
    Location:
    East TN Mountains
    getting to it seems pretty brutal with the 10 mph stop and go traffic through the Cove....:dirtdog
    CheapB, Kegler, Amphib and 3 others like this.
  15. JRowland

    JRowland reaching for the sky Supporter

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2018
    Oddometer:
    3,098
    Location:
    Maggie Valley, NC
    Can’t like that ^^^ enough times.
  16. Kegler

    Kegler Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2009
    Oddometer:
    398
    Location:
    Owensboro KY
    Gotta get there early in the morning when the traffic is light. That road is worth the wait when it is open.
  17. PineyMountainRacing

    PineyMountainRacing Oops....

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2008
    Oddometer:
    6,847
    Location:
    Sarasota, FL / Sylva, NC
    I’ve never had too much trouble in the off season, and can usually get around vehicles parked in the middle of the road if the tourists stop to look at the deerz
  18. SR1

    SR1 Going to America!!!!

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2006
    Oddometer:
    6,168
    Location:
    Knockersville, TN
    I live a lot closer than you and I don't go. I wonder what time of the morning? I thought it was 100% closed.
  19. Gaston Gagne

    Gaston Gagne Past Easy

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2006
    Oddometer:
    2,603
    Location:
    Western Piedmont, NC
    I went through there once. Parsons Branch is nice, and it brings you out on Deal's Gap, but ay caramba, the traffic in Cade's Cove was awful. The heat and exhaust made me woozy.

    I recall the ride along Little River being great.

    The park is great. There is a reason so many people visit it, but the traffic is terrible. I would save my early morning, traffic dodging time for Deal's Gap or Davenport.
    strommonster and tireatr like this.
  20. amos100

    amos100 Adventurer

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2009
    Oddometer:
    74
    Location:
    Southeastern US