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Turbobearcat 03-30-2011 08:32 AM

Smokey Mountain trails?
Quick question to ask for people who have been there before..

Are there any trails in the Smokey Mountains that I can take my Jeep off road?

I was reading there are two "trails to drive" that lead out of the Park that are one way.. so it really does not say what they are... any clues?


tj98 03-30-2011 02:06 PM

I'm heading that way later this year also and would be interested in any mild places also. We will be in my wife's JK which is a street jeep / mild wheeler at the moment. Once it's paid off it will replace my TJ.

One road that I'm going to try is a road in Cade's Cove that says' "4 wheel drive only". I'm not sure what I'll find but I want to try it. This is the first trip there for us in a Jeep.

XJ2JK 03-31-2011 07:11 AM

Hey guys, I'm actually here visiting right now till Saturday. I took the Cades Cove trail you mentioned. It's just an unimproved one way road. It can probably be passed in 2wd with no problem. It's not exactly trail worthy. It does lead you out of the park, so you cannot get back in that way. I don't know of another trail, but I wish did before I have to leave.

Turbobearcat 03-31-2011 07:23 AM

I will be there this whole weekend, I knew of the one but there is another one.. You said it was a "unimproved" road so does that mean dirt,gravel or paved? Ask the Park Ranger if there are any..

Did you see much Animal life around this time of year?

XJ2JK 03-31-2011 07:28 AM

Yeah the road is all gravel. My gf and I saw a coyote when we entered Cades cove, but we only saw birds and squirrels on that road.

Turbobearcat 03-31-2011 07:29 AM

I will be there Saturday Morning with my Liberty...hope to see and do many things while there.

XJ2JK 03-31-2011 07:30 AM


Originally Posted by XJ2JK
Yeah the road is all gravel. My gf and I saw a coyote when we entered Cades cove, but we only saw birds and squirrels on that road.

We may actually go check out hurricane creek today or tomorrow. From what I hear is that it is not too far from Asheville.

Turbobearcat 03-31-2011 07:57 AM

Let me know how that looks...

XJ2JK 03-31-2011 02:11 PM

Well my gf and I just got back from hurricane creek. It was a fun ride with a few water crossings. I certainly suggest going there. It was way more fun than the Cades cove road.

Turbobearcat 04-01-2011 08:14 AM

How far away from Cades cove is this place?

XJ2JK 04-01-2011 10:45 PM

Not very far from the national park. It is right between mile marker 7 and 8 on I-40 west bound. The road is right next to a guard rail on the right side of the highway. It comes up fast though so keep an eye out.

Turbobearcat 04-02-2011 02:08 AM

Thanks for the tip, what kind of trail is this place?

Bam4739 04-03-2011 04:27 PM

If you are looking for actual trails there is windrock. You get the beauty of east tn mnts. Smokies don't have any actual 4x4 trails that are open to the public.

Turbobearcat 04-05-2011 05:27 PM

Rich Mountain Road was not bad..kind of fun and lots of pictures.

KrawlOff-Road 04-07-2011 01:26 PM

We are in SC and travel to Asheville alot up 25. Not sure if anyone from JF goes that way or not but heading up the mountain, there is three trails/roads that turn off to the left.

Does anyone know about these or have been down them? Well, two go up the mountain and one goes down. We have thought about it but don't know what would be said if we got caught...


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