Riding North Carolina, TN and VA

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

  1. longslowdistance

    longslowdistance Long timer Supporter

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    Curtis Creek is worth a re-visit. Never ending rough gravel switchbacks. GS is made for roads like this :-).
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  2. BMWbikeh

    BMWbikeh Adventurer

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    Most forest service roads are closed from Nov-April.

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  3. Extremenc

    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

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    Lets ride someday!
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  4. Extremenc

    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

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    YEP. It is a good ride. More fun going up, which I will do next time. They close a lot of NFS roads because of the shortage of ranger hours to patrol them. They get a bonus during hunting season that allows them to provide the overtime to patrol them and keep the gates open. Not sure if that's the case here, but I will try to do my best to find out.
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  5. Extremenc

    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

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    Actually most of the Pisgah FS roads are open during hunting season. Those first two weeks in November when the gates are open and the hunters haven't yet stormed in are some of the best times to ride. I am going to meet with the rangers and discuss the closings. I will post my findings here.
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  6. Extremenc

    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

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    This is a continuation of my last RR where I ended up in Marion, NC. I decided to ride over and go up Old Linville Road/NC hwy 1238, which goes from Lake James up the ridge to the west of the Linville Gorge and ends up in Linville Falls, NC. I took Hwy 221N out of Marion then Yancey road which turns into Lake James road which goes around the top of the lake. Turned left onto Paddys Creek road then left up Old Hwy 105. Here is a pic of that intersection with Table rock in the background. IMG_0181.JPG
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  7. Extremenc

    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

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    These next few pics are looking East off into the Gorge. They don't do the view justice, which is why you need to go there for yourself.... IMG_0183.JPG
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  8. Extremenc

    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

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    So many beautiful and interesting rock formations. IMG_0188.JPG
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  9. Extremenc

    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

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    Mostly the same view from father up the ridge. IMG_0189.JPG
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  10. Extremenc

    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

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    Never get tired of this area. IMG_0190.JPG
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  11. Extremenc

    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

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    OOOPS, there's Gloria, my tough-as-nails ride. IMG_0186.JPG
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  12. Extremenc

    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

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    Looking back down the Gorge at Lake James. IMG_0184.JPG
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  13. Extremenc

    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

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    Old Highway 105 and most of the gravel roads in this area are the best riding this time of year that they will be. Washboards have softened up and the heavy gravel has washed to the side. Wiseman's View is a popular destination near the top of this ride, and well worth the stop. Beaautiful views from the lookout on the valley's rim. I didn't hike out there today, but here's the sign.... IMG_0192.JPG
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  14. Extremenc

    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

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    Here's the information center sign at the top of the mountain. IMG_0196.JPG
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    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

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    AND here is the Information Cabin! Yep, how unique is that! IMG_0198.JPG
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    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

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    IMG_0199.JPG last information sign here. It was getting dark so I took off north on the Blue Ridge Parkway out of Linville Falls, NC. Heading home to Deep Gap, NC.
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  17. SidewinderX

    SidewinderX Hey, watch this! Super Supporter

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    IMG_0424.JPG Wisemans View in the fall-
    Looking up the gorge toward Linville.
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  18. Extremenc

    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

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    IMG_0204.JPG Took this pic of an unusual rock formation around Grandfather. Got home before supper and had a Great Ride!
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  19. ontrip

    ontrip Been here awhile

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    Subscribed. .. you guys are blessed with incredible roads. Always enjoy my rides in your area. Hope to be down in May.
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  20. Extremenc

    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

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    Get in touch when in this area. We Will Ride!
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