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Old 12-02-2011, 02:45 PM   #1
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Big Walker, Bland County Virginia

Last Saturday I started across the dirt road on the ridge going east from the overlook on 52. After a little more than 5 miles the road got pretty greasy, so I turned back since I was by myself and could only imagine how long it would take someone to find me if I had a bad crash. Anyone here traveled through to 717? I'd like to go the whole length, but I am curious as to how rough it gets.
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Old 12-02-2011, 04:03 PM   #2
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I went through there several years ago on my KTM 640. There were some parts that would be tough it it is wet and a section that was narrow and overgrown, but nothing too bad.

I've been wanting to go up there again, don't know what it's like now.
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Old 12-03-2011, 08:04 AM   #3
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Two of us on DR650's and my brother on a KLR650 made it through the entire road-path. Take a GPS or you may get lost on the eastern side. It turns into some wide ATV trails with some deep rock strewn ditches. We had a few spills so dont take anything you dont want scratched.....


I would not recommend anything over 650cc and I would recommend at least a 60/40 tire. DOT Knobbies prefferred. Believe me on this one. I had 90/10 tires and I supplied some amusement for the others.......
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Old 12-03-2011, 08:57 AM   #4
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Big Bend ?

Is this the road off 52 that will take you East 4 or 5 miles to the Big Bend picnic area ? I took my Goldwing to the picnic area once. Have family in Mercer County WV and Tazewell County,VA.

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Old 12-03-2011, 11:05 AM   #5
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Yep that's the road. I was at the picnic area/overlook a couple of weeks ago on my street bike. The first 4 or 5 miles is easy dirt road then it gets rougher. When the trail goes down the mountain it starts getting interesting.
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Old 12-03-2011, 11:21 AM   #6
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Forgot I had a picture. That is actually a cleaner part of the trail in the background.
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Old 12-03-2011, 11:24 AM   #7
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Another picture from the top of Walker. Picture is of Hambone650....

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Old 12-03-2011, 05:29 PM   #9
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Last Saturday I started across the dirt road on the ridge going east from the overlook on 52. After a little more than 5 miles the road got pretty greasy, so I turned back since I was by myself and could only imagine how long it would take someone to find me if I had a bad crash. Anyone here traveled through to 717? I'd like to go the whole length, but I am curious as to how rough it gets.
I took it down to where it goes over I-77 in June - hoping to get in a view. No view was to be found in Summer with all the foliage. That is 6.5 miles. I was looking at rolling thunderstorms and turned back. The road didn't get super nasty but it narrowed down and got rockier the further I got.

You should be able to wind down to 601/717. The road in June was really over grown and I do not think many had been through. The road is

Ownership of the road gets a little murkey the farther you go.

Here is my track of the road down to Carnot:



Here is the official MVUM for the road:



Here is what it looked like in June:





This road is one of a handful that I have noted as possibly impassable on my Blue Ridge Trail route. I think I had sent it to you in the past.
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Careful up there. That is a Virginia State Police STARS site ;)
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Old 12-04-2011, 05:27 AM   #11
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From roughly the 3k elev mark on the North side to Turkey Gap is the worst of it, about 2-1/2 miles. Ruts are the worst, gutter balls ya, especially when it's wet. Bill, I wouldn't want to take my pig through it unless I absolutely had to.
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Thanks folks. It sounds like I made the right decision for once. BTW, what is a Virginia State Police STARS site ?
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Old 12-04-2011, 06:31 AM   #13
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From roughly the 3k elev mark on the North side to Turkey Gap is the worst of it, about 2-1/2 miles. Ruts are the worst, gutter balls ya, especially when it's wet.
Chip -

Does this look about right as far as the bad section is concerned?
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Old 12-04-2011, 03:08 PM   #15
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Hell that's the good section.

When you go down off the top of the mountain it gets interesting. I thought about riding it today but ended up on Potts and Peters mountains, great day for a ride!
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