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Old 09-27-2013, 12:14 PM   #1
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Asheville to Athens

Making a trip from Asheville, NC to Athens, GA the first week of November and would like to take some of the back roads. I'm fairly familiar with the roads in NC, but would love some suggestions for SC and Georgia.

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Old 10-19-2013, 03:37 PM   #2
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Need some GPX files for around Asheville NC

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We are planning a ride around Asheville NC next week. We are from Missouri and we are looking for some good dirt road riding. Do you happen to have any.

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Old 10-20-2013, 03:34 PM   #3
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asheville to dahlonega

I have ridden all of this in the last year - ~212 miles

I don't know dirt from Dahlonega to Athens
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I have ridden all of this in the last year - ~212 miles

I don't know dirt from Dahlonega to Athens

Is this route suitable for big bikes?
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Is this route suitable for big bikes?
Just looked this over. I've been on most of the ones in Georgia with my monster Stelvio while two up. There are a couple of them north near the Blue Ridge Parkway though that I am not familiar with.
There is also a creek crossing on Helton Creek Rd that can get a bit deep at times. I crossed it once on a street bike, yet I have been there on a bike with a lot of ground clearance and decided not to go.
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Old 04-08-2014, 01:48 PM   #7
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The creek crossings (multiple on Helton Rd have been easy when I have crossed. The banks are smooth and not steep, the bottom is is good shape. Spring rains may make the crossing deep.

The only section I would be concerned about on big bikes is here:



You can route around that on paved roads.

It is still early. You may see some crews doing spring road maintenance. Some of the roads may still be closed.
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Saw your track from Athens to Asheville. You mentioned it was about 212 miles. Just curious, did you do it in a day or two days? I have ridden a lot of the TAT and it is pretty much based on 200 miles a day but they can be longggggg days.

I google earthed your track and it looks good as far as percentage of dirt (the more dirt the better). If you had to guess what is the percentage, dirt vs asphalt? I assume there is no private land involved in this track, correct? Thanks for posting the track. I'm looking forward to riding it.



Re: Athens to Asheville
I haven't ridden from Athens to Asheville. I have ridden all the dirt roads in the Athens to Asheville file.

212 miles is a long way in the Smokeys, especially if you want to stop and smell the roses along the way.

I would guess 60/40 dirt and paved. No private land but state or national forest roads may be gated.

The dirt section east of Hiwassee, north of US 76 (Charlie's Creek Rd) can be challenging if you are on a big bike.

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