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Old 03-11-2008, 11:55 PM   #1
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Question Pickwick Lake Northeast MS, Northwest AL, South central TN area?

So I think I may be coming close to tapping out the local roads around the Starkville, MS area. After 5 months without getting more than 50 miles from home, I'm looking for the next place to ride.

I'm only about 2 hours from Pickwick Lake in the northeast corner of MS. From looking at Google Earth, this looks like the closest area that could provide some change of scenery and twisty roads. At least it looks hilly from above...

I'm tentatively planning a longish day trip, which would limit my time to see the scenery, or an overnight camping trip that would allow lots of time for exploring the area. I'm leaning towards overnight, both to see the sights and to start camping on the bike close to home.

Anybody Familiar with this area? Are the roads up there worth a 2 hour ride to get there? I saw online that there were some campgrounds, but are any better than others?

I should mention I'll be with a friend who will be riding an older BMW road bike (R75 I think?) so we'll be limited to pavement at his request.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-14-2008, 12:18 PM   #2
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Michael,

I just got back from a two-day ride around Pickwick. The roads can be fantastic. Many of the really curvy roads I saw on Google Maps turned out to be relatively low-speed residential roads, but there were sections of nice sweepers.

Lots of gravel in the area, too. Much of it is well maintained hardpack which your buddy could ride fine. Then again, there were some really hairy sections where I wasn't sure I would get my V-Strom through. Unfortunately, I don't have a good way to tell which roads are paved and which aren't. I just picked some roads and went for it.

I didn't see any of the campgrounds, but I did see lots and lots of places (on the gravel roads) where people can (and have) camped along the lake or off the side of the road.

I hope others chime in here because I'm not familiar with the area at all, but my overnight trip made me want to go again. I didn't get a chance to hit all the roads I'd mapped out.

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Old 03-15-2008, 12:23 PM   #3
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We were on the east side last month riding the gravel and trail.
Like JamieZ said,the gravel is hardpack and can be ridden on any
streetbike,plus,theres a ton of watercrossings to wash the bike off
Cant help ya with the pavement.
Have lunch in waterloo al. here. Great burgers,but dont order the
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Old 03-15-2008, 12:29 PM   #4
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Cool waterfall

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Old 03-15-2008, 03:43 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info y'all!

I did a little recon a few days ago. I was pressed for time, so I only saw a very little bit of the area. I never made it more than a couple of miles away from the Natchez Trace, but the area does look promising. It's also closer than I thought. Right at two hours from my house to where Hwy 72 crosses the Trace.

I'll definately go back up that way before too long and do a proper ride, and ride report.
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Old 03-15-2008, 04:05 PM   #6
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Old 03-16-2008, 09:39 AM   #7
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Can you tell me...

...How to get to this waterfall???

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Old 03-16-2008, 11:19 AM   #8
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N 35 01.900 W 88 07.920
I marked a few things but, I think this was it.


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Thanks!!!!

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N 35 01.900 W 88 07.920
I marked a few things but, I think this was it.


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I'm gonna have to make a trip up that way in the next month anyway and this'll be a nice side quest!

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Old 03-16-2008, 11:53 AM   #10
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Does this look right to you?

(Since you mentioned you marked a couple of places)
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Old 03-16-2008, 06:10 PM   #11
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Looks reasonable. Also, If ya eat lunch in waterloo AL, head due south
out of town,thru the cemetary and then west(following
closest to lake) AWESOME gravel road. I think it was marked CR109(not sure)
Best gravel in the area. Mucho twisty and hilly.

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Old 03-16-2008, 09:27 PM   #12
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thru the cemetary [sic] and then west(following
closest to lake) AWESOME gravel road. I think it was marked CR109(not sure)
Best gravel in the area. Mucho twisty and hilly.
You mean this cemetery?



I agree. Great gravel roads. I need to go back and complete my loop. I've got a .gpx file if anyone is interested.

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Old 03-17-2008, 08:05 AM   #13
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VERY Interested !!!!!
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Old 03-17-2008, 10:28 AM   #14
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You mean this cemetery?

Yea,Looks like what I remember. Mapsource Topo has it
as Richardson cemetery.

p.s.-Was that you rollin thru independence Ms on tues or wed of
last week? I was parked by the intersection of 305/306 in a white
ford pickup with dirtbike stickers on the front license plate.
You probably didnt notice tho.

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Old 03-17-2008, 10:42 AM   #15
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i haven't been up in Northwest AL on my bike, but if you can make it over to the Bankhead National Forest, the road on the eastern side of the Sipsey Wilderness, State Hwy 33, is called the Wilderness Parkway, and it's a great road. not very long, but if you're looking for good scenery and fresh air, it can't be beat.

let us know how the trip goes. i'm always looking for nice getaways.

cheers!
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