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Unread 08-27-2009, 05:48 PM   #1
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Off road trails near Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, TN

Headed to east TN in Oct and would like to do some trail riding. Can somebody give me some info on some good trails. Not looking for extreme, my wife will be with me.

Thanks heaps,

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Unread 08-27-2009, 10:20 PM   #2
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There are a couple of nature trails to ride (that I know of), one is near downtown G'burg and one is leading out of Cade's Cove, but neither are off road trails. The one near downtown is a narrow paved road that takes about an hour or so and has some great views and snakes through the woods and goes near some old homesteads (pretty cool). The other is Rich Mountain road and goes to Townsend. I have never driven it, but I hear it is just a gravel road; great views and wildlife though.

I would love to know of some more stuff around there. My wife and I are there at least once a year and it would be awesome to get some wheeling in while there.
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Unread 08-27-2009, 10:28 PM   #3
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Windrock Offroad Park.

It is about an hour and fifteen minutes from Pigeon Forge. It is on the other side of Knoxville. Head west on 40 to Oakridge and follow the main street in Oakridge until you hit the Windrock turnoff.

Sand mines/royal blue is northwest from Pigeon forge...prolly 30 or 45 minutes. very nice scenic place.

pics of all the trails can be seen here Trail Rides
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Unread 08-28-2009, 05:49 AM   #4
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The road to Cataloochee is nice. Very tight and narrow up the mountain. Not a 'Jeep' trail in the sense that I did travel it with an RV, but a nice ride.
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Unread 09-28-2009, 08:11 PM   #5
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Windrock Offroad Park.

It is about an hour and fifteen minutes from Pigeon Forge. It is on the other side of Knoxville. Head west on 40 to Oakridge and follow the main street in Oakridge until you hit the Windrock turnoff.

Sand mines/royal blue is northwest from Pigeon forge...prolly 30 or 45 minutes. very nice scenic place.

pics of all the trails can be seen here Trail Rides
Can you direct me to the Sand Mines/Royal Blue, or any other trails in that area for that matter...Im going down to that area next week and looking for some trails...

Thanks
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Unread 04-18-2012, 01:32 PM   #6
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Can you direct me to the Sand Mines/Royal Blue, or any other trails in that area for that matter...Im going down to that area next week and looking for some trails...

Thanks
-J
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Unread 04-18-2012, 02:07 PM   #7
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I'd also like to know what is in that area. I went to Colorado last year. This year I'd like to see the Appalachians with my Jeep.
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Unread 04-18-2012, 06:28 PM   #8
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Sorry i dont have any jeep trail recommendations, but here is my trip review. If you can, stay at gattlingburg and not pigeon forge. Ton of cool mountain homes with great views for rent. Pigeon forge is okay for a day, but it is very touristy. Cade's cove is a neat area also, basically an old settlement in the mountains, worth the drive, but not jeep worthy. Black bear were all over the place. Would also recommend rafting, we used Rafting In the Smokies.

Sorry didn't realize this post was from years ago!
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I'd also like to know what is in that area. I went to Colorado last year. This year I'd like to see the Appalachians with my Jeep.
Royal Blue is around 30-40 miles from Windrock from what I remember just north of Lake City. It's good for a day trip on the hard side of the mountain (off camber, rocks, amazing sandstone and the top is like a white beach where they used to mine the sandstone. The link below should get you close. Where I enter in is saved on my GPS though. It's not a multi-day place to wheel though.

http://ironjeep.com/royal-blue-wma.html

If you're hitting up Windrock, Oak Ridge is the place to stay and you can spend days there.
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Unread 04-19-2012, 02:18 PM   #10
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Chris, thanks for the tip.
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Unread 04-19-2012, 05:21 PM   #11
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Sorry i dont have any jeep trail recommendations, but here is my trip review. If you can, stay at gattlingburg and not pigeon forge. Ton of cool mountain homes with great views for rent. Pigeon forge is okay for a day, but it is very touristy. Cade's cove is a neat area also, basically an old settlement in the mountains, worth the drive, but not jeep worthy. Black bear were all over the place. Would also recommend rafting, we used Rafting In the Smokies.

Sorry didn't realize this post was from years ago!
Don't be sorry! I love digging up old threads.
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Glad I found this thread..I'm here now and brought the jeep..time to see what I can find ..
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Unread 06-03-2012, 08:06 PM   #13
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About an hour and a half West of Gatlinburg, in Tellico, there is a great Jeep trail on the Tennessee/North Carolina Border.
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