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Old 10-02-2013, 04:31 AM   #1
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Franklin / Bryson City road question

I'll be back in this area to ride next month and I've rented a cabin on Alarka Rd which is just south of Bryson City running between 28 and 23/441.
I've ridden this general area many times before, but I'm not sure if I can take Alarka Road all the way across between 23/441 (Franklin to Sylva) to the west and hit 28. I tend to remember ridding Alarka off 28 in the past and not being able to get through but I may have it confused with another road.
Can anyone from this area tell me?
Also, I'll be pulling a trailer to the cabin... If Alarka road does go between 23/441 and 28 is it paved between? Dirt? good shape typically?
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Old 10-02-2013, 04:38 AM   #2
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I'll be back in this area to ride next month and I've rented a cabin on Alarka Rd which is just south of Bryson City running between 28 and 23/441.
I've ridden this general area many times before, but I'm not sure if I can take Alarka Road all the way across between 23/441 (Franklin to Sylva) to the west and hit 28. I tend to remember ridding Alarka off 28 in the past and not being able to get through but I may have it confused with another road.
Can anyone from this area tell me?
Also, I'll be pulling a trailer to the cabin... If Alarka road does go between 23/441 and 28 is it paved between? Dirt? good shape typically?
Bert
You used to be able to take alarka all the way over the mountain and connect with Leatherman Gap and drop down to the Cowee Valley and eventually connect with Hwy 28 but the FS in their wisdom closed the last mile of Alarka Rd making it a really long dead end ride. Of course with the Gvmt Shut down, there shouldn't be any rangers out to correct you should you choose to ride around the gates. That stretch of Alarka is really worn down by 10 years of neglect and horse traffic. Of course horses can ride it just not you motorized hooligans!
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Old 10-02-2013, 04:47 AM   #3
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Thanks..Wish I'd have known about your cabins before I rented for this trip. I'll keep you in mind for the next trip..And there will be a NEXT TRIP!.
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Old 10-02-2013, 10:49 AM   #4
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Thanks..Wish I'd have known about your cabins before I rented for this trip. I'll keep you in mind for the next trip..And there will be a NEXT TRIP!.
Bert

Actually, there won't be a next time for me as I believe my cabins have sold and we'll be closing the deal around Nov.1st. Now I'll get to ride instead of fixin' stuff. Enjoy exploring around. I guess I should change my sig line.
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Old 10-02-2013, 07:35 PM   #5
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Bert and Joe, bet you both did not know that you both had something in common ???



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Old 10-03-2013, 10:01 AM   #6
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Well hello Mr Wing..



Mark, you need you bring your DRZ up and ride with us next month. Catch a ride with Tooly and come on up.
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Old 10-03-2013, 02:39 PM   #7
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Next Month thought it was this month in about 2 weeks??
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Old 10-03-2013, 05:00 PM   #8
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Opps..Yes this month around the 16th to the 20th
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Old 10-03-2013, 05:06 PM   #9
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I have another road question around the Franklin area.

Off of 28 just north of Franklin....Can you ride Tellico road (which turns to Otter Creek Rd.) to all the way to Wayah Rd?
If so, what type of road is it?
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If I recall right yes you can ride straight through. Goes from pavement to gravel road back to pavement once it turns to Otter Creek. Tigers should have no trouble on the gravel section, but be careful there are some sharp off chamber turns.

Not too far once your on Wayah Rd, you may want to check out Forest Service road 711. The road is a paved road that is no longer maintained. The road is paved mostly but with a number of pot holes, but Tigers should be fine riding it. The road is a number of miles long (10 to 20, not sure). 711 comes back out onto the Wayah road and there are a few good views.
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Old 10-04-2013, 04:42 PM   #11
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I concur with Mark. I will also say Tellico Gap to Otter Creek is most fun riding from 28 to Wayah as the twistiest part is uphill. As far as 711 goes... I passed several Lock FS gates today and am wondering if the Gvmt Shut Down has all of the FS gates locked. If that's the case, there won't be much to ride that isn't tarmac around here. Tellico Gap to Otter Creek doesn't have a gate so you should be fine there but IIRC 711 does. You might also take a look at Rainbow Springs Rd off of Wayah Rd. That is a fun gravel road that is suitable for bigger DS bikes. It comes out on Hwy 64 about 15 miles West of Franklin near the entrance to Standing Indian (which will definitely be closed)
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Old 10-05-2013, 02:58 AM   #12
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Yeah, I used to call FR 711 the Fred Flintstone Road, because it made you feel like to stepped back in time. I believe this picture was taken from FR 711 back in 2004





I've done Rainbow Springs and I seem to remember a cool cabin, with a waterfall right off the back porch along the road..
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Old 10-05-2013, 07:09 AM   #13
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I'm USFS retired and know that LEO's and fire personnel are considered "essential" and will be on the job. Just saying, might say you some money.
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