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Offline Guidedawg

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Southeast riding destinations
« on: August 15, 2017, 04:58:59 PM »
I'm a dreamer and a planner, and I plan 90% more trips than I actually take.  Nevertheless, I like to be prepared. :)

So I have a 3 day weekend Oct 7-9 and a relative getting married in North Alabama on Friday, Oct 6.  I'm kicking around the idea of going up on my bike if the weather is good for it, crashing with my BIL in Meridianville that night and then heading out early on Saturday the 7th for new-to-me destinations.

Google maps puts me anywhere from 4 to 4 1/2 hours from Suches, so I should be able to be there by lunchtime, toss a tent down and have the afternoon and all day Sunday to explore.  Since I have never been on any of the "named" roads (Dragon, Moonshiner, etc.) or any of those others that some of you have traveled and find even more fun to ride, it will all be new to me.

To be honest, I don't really care to be able to say "I rode such and such road" if there are more enjoyable and less crowded routes.  I assumed I'd take in the Tail of the Dragon because...well, it seems to be a requirement if you live around here but I'd prefer to try that on a non-weekend when there's less people because I don't have much experience with "real" twisties.  However, I'm not terribly intimidated either so I'd like to take in some of what's offered in the area.

Or should I go further north (but shorter distance) and try the Cherohala Skyway and a campground up there?

I figure some of the same roads would be covered either way, so what are you recommendations for a first time visitor to the area?

Offline Jwwr

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Re: Southeast riding destinations
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2017, 05:33:07 PM »
The dragon (hwy 129), moonshiner (hwy 28), and the cherohala (hwy 143) are all near Robbinsville, NC. Not real close to Suches, GA. There is the Iron horse camp ground not too far From Robbinsville and near hwy 28, I have never stayed there although I did ride through last week to check it out,  seems real nice. On the west end of the Cherohala, you could stay at Cherohala Mountain trails Camp Ground in Tellico, TN. Then you could ride the Cherohala over to Robbinsville ride the dragon and then down hwy 28. Take hwy 28 all the way to Franklin, NC then hit  Wayah road North back to Robbinsville and the Cherohala back to Tellico. Thats a really good long loop.

Offline jrobinson

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Re: Southeast riding destinations
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2017, 10:43:37 PM »
On the west end of the Cherohala, you could stay at Cherohala Mountain trails Camp Ground in Tellico, TN. Then you could ride the Cherohala over to Robbinsville ride the dragon and then down hwy 28. Take hwy 28 all the way to Franklin, NC then hit  Wayah road North back to Robbinsville and the Cherohala back to Tellico. Thats a really good long loop.

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Re: Southeast riding destinations
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2017, 09:11:26 PM »
Good plan except ride the dragon first. Take Ballpark red over and approach the dragon from the TN side.   Best to hit it early in the morning.  Then do all the above and head back Tellico way via the Cherohala last. 

Offline Guidedawg

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Re: Southeast riding destinations
« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2017, 04:02:49 PM »
It looks like Iron Horse on the east end has tent sites with electricity which is good for the CPAP, but the campground at Tellico Plains offers a tent for $15 for the stay (2 nights for me) plus the nightly cost.  No electricity, but I wouldn't need to pack the tent (not that it would take up that much space)

Thanks for the assistance.  First hand campground experiences are welcomed.

Offline klaviator

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Re: Southeast riding destinations
« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2017, 04:45:25 PM »
I have camped at Iron Horse as well as Cherohala Mountain Trails.  They are both great places to camp.  You need to decide between the convenience of them providing the tent vs having electricity.  Iron horse will likely be real busy on a weekend in October.  There are only a few sites with electricity so you would want to reserve in advance.  CMTC is a more peaceful place and closer to a town.

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Re: Southeast riding destinations
« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2017, 05:37:04 PM »
Wayne will run a drop cord to your tent at CMTC
If you need it but you have to put up at a reasonable distance to an outlet.  For a cpap, I know he'd do everything he could to hook you up.
There is an outlet near the gazebo thingy.
« Last Edit: August 31, 2017, 05:47:37 PM by kdtrull »

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Re: Southeast riding destinations
« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2017, 08:21:11 PM »
Let's just say that at Cherahola you will be treated like family. At Iron Horse you will be just another number.
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