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post #16 of 26 Old 04-08-2011, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
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We ended up on a road called Tobes Creek road which is the roughest road my Jeep has touched, steep dirt/rocks(not gravel by any means) and ruts but man you will get some greate pictures out that way..
I will try and post pictures later tonight.

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post #17 of 26 Old 04-08-2011, 08:04 PM
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Just looked Tobes Creek Road up on Google maps. It's close to where were staying in a few months. Look forward to seeing your pictures.

Great information in this thread!

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post #19 of 26 Old 04-08-2011, 09:24 PM Thread Starter
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Rich Mountain Road and Cade's Cove Pictures.






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post #20 of 26 Old 04-14-2011, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
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Just looked Tobes Creek Road up on Google maps. It's close to where were staying in a few months. Look forward to seeing your pictures.

Great information in this thread!
Tobes Creek has many good places to take pictures, the road is rough and near the end very steep but as you see in my pictures the water falls are worth the drive, the road itself is about 2-3 miles long (I think) but well nothing major that would require 4x4 unless you go over into the creek..then you need a tow truck
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post #21 of 26 Old 04-19-2011, 05:33 AM
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Digging up an older thread, but we are heading to the mountains and staying in Wears Valley... any other suggestions for not so traveled roads would be great.

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post #22 of 26 Old 05-21-2011, 12:55 PM
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if you are going to visit the smokies on the tennessee side there's not much as far as trail riding goes(not until you get to the cumberland gap, but if you are going to be in wears valley you have to check out cove mtn.

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if you are going to visit the smokies on the tennessee side there's not much as far as trail riding goes(not until you get to the cumberland gap, but if you are going to be in wears valley you have to check out cove mtn.
Any more info on Cove Mountain?

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post #24 of 26 Old 06-15-2011, 01:17 PM
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We were in Gatlinburg / Pigeon Forge last week and ran several of the back roads. The ones Turbobearcat ran look like they have been graded / rocked since he was there. Still some great scenery!

We started out the week in Cades Cove and did Rich Mountain Road. Here is a shot from Rich Mountain looking back into Cades Cove.



Later in the week we ran Tobes Creek. I came in from Hwy 32 and had a hard time finding it. I took this pic and went on then backtracked and found this is one of two turrets that shows where the road is. The other is so covered with vines you can't see it from the road.


This old shed was right in the middle of the road. I took this shot on the move sorry for the slight blur.



Same waterfall as Turbobearcat but it is worth seeing again


Tobes Creek Road comes out in Waterville, we saw several river raft boats and a few kayakers in the water. We followed Waterville Road over to the Big Creek Picnic area.


After leaving the picnic area I saw a sign for Cataloochee NC. I had asked the Park Rangers in Gatlinburg about this area. This was about 15 miles of unpaved road, freshly graded so no issues.

A lot of pretty scenery........


A few one lane bridges.


And a waterfall


We got to Cataloochee just as a big storm came up. Lots of hiking in this area and some neat old homesteads to look at. This barn is at the main visitors center. We found an elk inside of it taking refuge from the storm


Extremely low light and extremely long exposure time. I had the camera resting on a short wall. Most if not all of the elk have tracking collars on them, this guy could have came out a door and been right next to us at any time.

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After two years I ran across the other pictures somebody took after I was there in early April...Big Difference in the amount of GREEN the hills take..

Going back twice this year... let's see when this time.
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We were directed, by mistake, onto Tobes Creek Road by our GPS in the family truckster last summer.
Some of the slopes scared my wife and daughter to tears. Yes, they were really crying. You see, they were on the downhill side of the truck. My son and I thought it was quite an adventure. We were looking uphill from our side of the truck. It is a beautiful place to visit; but be careful, it would be very easy to go over an edge here and not be found anytime soon. Also; at the turrets; the road is so steep that it is impossible to drive up without loosing traction. The only way up is to take a good run at it around 30 mph or better. You need the momentum just to make it to the top. It was so bad that all of my passengers got out and watched me do it alone; you know; just in case. Then they walked up the road to get back in the truck.
For most of the road, there is no passing room. If you meet someone coming back in the other direction, I don't know the protocol, but, someone will be backing up for an uncomfortable distance . We met one of the locals near the turrets. He said that GPS sends, at the least, 3 families that way every week; so they are used to visitors in the neighborhood.
I would love to see it again, but the wife says that I am not allowed to ever go back.
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