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Unread 08-12-2009, 03:20 PM   #1
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NC wheeling spots

OK, to my amazement, Jeep life has been tough since moving to Franklin, NC last Fall. I'm an hour from Tellico and the hopes of seeing it open up this Spring never became more than hopes. I thought I'd be a wheeling idiot up here. Granted I spend 50+ miles a week off road for work - some of it fun & challenging stuff, but nothing I can make a weekend out of. All I hear about is Windrock, Beasley and Uwharrie ... I stumbled across a Land Rover site and those guys (oldnorthstate) spend lots of time wheeling at Caney Fork and Richland Gap. Caney Fork is 1/2 hour from me. The pics on their posts look great, but I never hear any Jeep guys talking about these spots. What gives??

We have God-knows-how-many millions of low population acreage with sick terrain on the west side of this state and no decent group wheeling spots. I'm speechless.

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Unread 08-13-2009, 01:36 AM   #2
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Get a forest road map from one of the ranger stations, and just start exploring. A lot are dirt roads, but there are some mildly challenging sections in your area, particularly in the rain. Some decent between Franklin and Murphy (N of the road between the 2.)

Another place to consider is Beasley Knob OHV area in GA, it's only about 20 miles S of the NC/GA border from Murphy.
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Unread 08-19-2009, 10:53 PM   #3
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im gettin ready to move to the wilmington area, any places to go aroung there?
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Unread 08-20-2009, 04:44 AM   #4
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You can drive on the beach at Ft. Fisher, I think you have to pay a day fee now, though.
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Unread 08-20-2009, 12:00 PM   #5
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yea u can buy a year pass for like 30 bucks instead of payin 20 or so for the day. im from the midwest so im use to mud an trails, figured there is nothing around this area for that stuff.
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Unread 08-22-2009, 11:52 PM   #6
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There is some mud at the Croatan Nat'l forest, but it's surely different than midwest mud. It's basically easy dirt roads, with some side roads with infinitely deep mud holes. The ground there is soil on top of a peat bog, and if you break through the soil level down to the bog, well, there's no bottom. Go with someone so they can pull you out, it's easy to uproot the trees with a winch@!@!@!
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Unread 08-23-2009, 08:06 PM   #7
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The forest service roads that I have found are pretty tame. I have found some of them over near Helen. The scenery is nice but not much to wheel. I usually pass passenger cars belonging to hikers along the roads. There are a lot of these roads and I have only been on a few of them. I am looking forward to exploring more of them.
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Unread 08-24-2009, 09:09 PM   #8
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Caney fork and all of those roads around that area all lead up to what we call "the bald". It is an overlook at the top of the mountain. I have spent many days wheeling out in the area while I was in college. A good spot is to drive down Caney fork road and right before you get to the trail, there is a road on the right that looks like a driveway (it is the last right turn you can make before you get to the "pavement ends" sign. That is called ruff butt road and is a pretty fun little spot to wheel.

I have heard that those trails can take you all the way out to balsam mountain preserve, but have never been that far out.
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Unread 08-25-2009, 11:48 AM   #9
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Wilmington has a lot of hills/mud/woods trails. Some fun stuff if you know who to talk to, and they know about the area. There is a club and forum for the Wilmington area and it's pretty active. Coastal Carolina Offroad
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Unread 09-09-2009, 08:37 PM   #10
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OK, to my amazement, Jeep life has been tough since moving to Franklin, NC last Fall. I'm an hour from Tellico and the hopes of seeing it open up this Spring never became more than hopes. I thought I'd be a wheeling idiot up here. Granted I spend 50+ miles a week off road for work - some of it fun & challenging stuff, but nothing I can make a weekend out of. All I hear about is Windrock, Beasley and Uwharrie ... I stumbled across a Land Rover site and those guys (oldnorthstate) spend lots of time wheeling at Caney Fork and Richland Gap. Caney Fork is 1/2 hour from me. The pics on their posts look great, but I never hear any Jeep guys talking about these spots. What gives??

We have God-knows-how-many millions of low population acreage with sick terrain on the west side of this state and no decent group wheeling spots. I'm speechless.
I've lived in Franklin my whole life! Small world. Anyway, I do know of a couple pretty cool places to go wheelin here in town or close by if you wanna meet up sometime. I don't have any wheelin buddies.
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Unread 09-16-2009, 10:37 PM   #11
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i live in boone, go too app state. does anyone know of anywhere to wheel around here? all i know is there is some unmaintained state road off the parkway but im not quite sure where it is.
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Unread 09-17-2009, 02:21 AM   #12
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i live in boone, go too app state. does anyone know of anywhere to wheel around here? all i know is there is some unmaintained state road off the parkway but im not quite sure where it is.
You guys in the NC mountains just need to get a map of the national forests from the ranger station, and just start explorin'. Some of the forest roads are just that, some are pretty good trails.

Off the top of my head, in your area is Brown Mountain, the Globe/Mortimer area, and the Wilson Creek Gorge area. All three are to the SW of Boone. Go down to Blowing Rock. All three are in an area bounded by the BRP, US321, NC90 and NC181.
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