2007 Parsons Branch Revisted - We rode the Parsons' Branch gravel road out of Cades Cove after it reopened in 2007. It had been closed since May 2003 from flooding. CLICK HERE for story
2006 Tellico OHV Area - A day in one of the roughest off-roading areas around. We took 4-wheelers while a good friend rode Nancy's KTM. No place for the newbies. CLICK HERE for story
Two Great Cherokee National Forest Rides
Some of the best and most remote dual sporting in the area. The Waucheesi Mountain ride is south of the Cherohala Skyway near Tellico River. The Citico Creek Ride is north of the Cherohala along Citico Creek. It doesn't get much better than this !!!
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Girls Gone Wild on Dualsports
Join Nancy, Jen and Cynthia as they show Ron how to ride on three Great Smoky Mountain dualsport adventures. A little bit of everything here ... the Dragon, little known back roads, and gravel gems. Read more READ MORE HERE
CapoNord Trek from Biltmore Atlanta to Biltmore Asheville with More than 100 Miles of Gravel
We recently took some of the Aprilia Execs on a great adventure ride covering 300 miles from Atlanta to Asheville. They wanted back roads to test the Capos and we found some for them. The leaves were changing color and the weather was perfection. Read more READ MORE HERE
Dual Sport Twisties: Snowbird Mountains, Tatham Gap, Winding Stairs Telico Gap, Hwy 28
The following route is designed for intermediate riders on larger dual sports. We rode the route on our KLR650's with no problems. The are no water crossings on this mostely gravel route, there is some pavement including a couple stretches of awesome twisties. The intermediate rating is due to quite a few steep hair pin curves on gravel requiring you to use first gear, rear brake, clutch, and throttle all at the same time. We began this route at Tapoco Lodge, home of the annual Triumph Raid. The Raid brings out quit a few Tigers, and we feel this route would be perfect. CLICK HERE for story.
Stewart Cabin (NC) / Wagon Train Road (NC) / River Road (TN) / Bald River Falls (TN)
Enter this Forest Service gravel road (FR81) at Santeetlah Gap near the beginning of the Cherohala Skyway in North Carolina. This trek meanders along the Big Santeetlah Creek for most of the way and ends at Stratton Meadows on the Cherohala Skyway near the Tennessee border. Continuing on the gravel road (FR81) passing under the Cherohala Skyway at 4300 foot elevation, you enter Tennesse on North River Road (FR217). The road takes some sharp cutbacks as if descends rather steeply towards the Tellico River..... CLICK HERE for more information and maps
Escaping Cades Cove on Parsons Branch Road - Cades Cove, TN
We advise riders to stay away from Cades Cove from May through October. Located near Townsend, Tennessee, this is truly a beautiful 11-mile loop in a hidden mountain valley, but you can walk the 11 miles as fast as you can ride it. Be prepared to spend most of the day with an over-heated machine and temper. Parsons Branch Road, half way around Cades Cove, is a one-way escape that brings you right into the middle of the Dragon, but it is 8 miles of gravel with 19 creek fords best left to the dual sports. We've seen Harleys coming out Parsons and they swear never again! CLICK HERE for more information and maps
Highlands Waterfall Search - Highlands to Cashiers, NC
A trip best taken in the off-season months to avoid the tourists. Explore some of the back roads in the Highlands area and find the waterfalls. CLICK HERE for more information
Dual Sport Ride from Hell - Nantahala Lake, NC
We have found a ride for those of you who want to really suffer. CLICK HERE for details
Hurricane Creek Road - I-40 in NC
This is no ride for beginners, so be sure you are up to the challenge. Located in the Pisgah National Forest just off I-40, north of Maggie Valley. CLICK HERE for details
Rough Butt Road - Sylva, NC
A local DOT tree trimmer told us to go up another mile and turn right at the brick house into what looked like someone's yard. He warned us to be careful of the falling down wood bridge, the rocky climb, and the two creek crossings. He was probably laughing to himself as we rode off..... CLICK HERE for the story.
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