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    Another "Where to go for a MTB vacation?" thread...

    I live in Morgantown, WV and want to plan an MTB vacation (maybe 4-5 days) somewhere within an easy day's drive (meaning 6-8hrs or less from my location---don't want to do any18-hour marathon drives). Here are my basic criteria:

    - within 6-8hrs away (or around 400 miles max)
    - fantastic intermediate XC riding (nothing crazy-technical, no gnarly downhill, no jumps---climbs are fine)
    - either one incredibly long, awesome trail system that I could ride for days and not get bored with it...or...
    - multiple shorter trail systems (all great) that are within an hour of each other
    - no shuttle required (loop trails)...or trails with a nice road ride back to the car...or readily available commercial shuttle
    - nothing in/near any big cities (I'm after beautiful scenery and lack of people---rural areas, mountains)
    - nice campground (with hot showers) nearby...or really cheap motels (but not total fleabags)
    - someplace to buy groceries and/or cheap places to eat

    All ideas welcome! :-) (I probably won't do this til the spring...but I'm starting to plan early since I want to find the best place to go!)

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    top 3 off the top of my head. raccoon mountain TN, brown county IN, alegripis, PA. do a search, and you will find a ton of info on these areas.

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    Is western NC within 400 miles?

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    Doesn't quite fit into your 400 mile area (a bit over 450) but Tsali trail system in western NC near Bryson City hits almost every item on the list. 40+ miles of ride in/out trails, camping, hot showers and has nearby whitewater rafting and some great hiking in the area also. My wife and I enjoy it enough to drive 625 miles to ride/camp there about once every 2 years. Hope that helps.
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    Brown Co. Indiana

    I would recommend Brown Co. Indiana (which looks to be about 390 miles away from you).

    My son and I went down there earlier this year and rode Brown County State Park trails. We started from Hesitation Point, went down to Green Valley loop then came back up to Hesitation and did Walnut (we skipped Schooner as that we were exhausted).

    The Brown Co. State park alone would give you 2-3 days of good rides even you didnt short yourself (like we did due to time). Nearby towns of Columbus Indiana and Bloomington are very nice and provide lodging. We actually rented bikes from Columbus Bike Station. The bikes were top notch and the people were very nice (owner actually rented me his own Trek Top Fuel).

    I have included a hyperlink for Brown Co. below

    Brown County Mountain Bike Trails Nashville, Indiana, USA

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    Thanks all---good suggestions!

    @OHtard: Never heard of either Raccoon Mountain TN or Brown County IN---and since Brown County got 2 votes, I'll have to check that out! I do know Allegrippis (Raystown Lake)...I've ridden there---awesome trail system, and that might be an easy closer option (only about 90mins away).

    Western NC might be a bit far, but probably not beyond reach (still a day's drive). I know the Bryson City area (I'm a whitewater paddler too) but haven't been there since I got into MTB so didn't know what was available down there. I know there's a lot in NC.

    What about DuPont forest? (If I got the name right.) And was it Pisgah that I heard about? (I've seen some incredible photos of trails down there somewhere that look like western trails because they run over big stretches of solid exposed bedrock...that looks really cool.)

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    I go to Tsali frequently and like it a lot, but not sure if it's 4-5 days of riding unless you're willing to repeat the trails. Dupont is good, but it's a lot of short interconnected trails that is very confusing - you can spend all your time on fire road if you don't know where you are. Would be worth getting a guide for at least one day. Pisgah is supposed to be good technical trails but I haven't ridden there. Panthertown Valley is not worth traveling to. Be careful in West NC because the drive times can be a lot more than you expect driving through mountain roads.

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    When you say "multiple shorter trails", what range are you talking? 3-5 miles each? And about how much riding are you looking to get in in the 4-5 days? Brown County looks like it might be your winner.

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    Pisgah. And then Pisgah.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GelatiCruiser View Post
    When you say "multiple shorter trails", what range are you talking? 3-5 miles each? And about how much riding are you looking to get in in the 4-5 days? Brown County looks like it might be your winner.
    I'm basically just interested in riding 4-6hrs a day for 3-4 days (not counting a couple travel days on either end). Maybe a little longer each day, depends on how tough the trails are. (I'm probably not in shape enough to ride from dawn 'til dusk every day...unless it's pretty easy riding.)

    At Raystown Lake/Allegrippis, for example, I can ride 15 miles in a day...but that's on pretty fast, flowing, non-technical trails.

    Don't know anything about Pisgah...need to do some research into riding there. (And I still want to know where those mighty rock slabs are in NC?)

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    Howdy. The Brown Co. trails are my home trails, and I love 'em. Really great system.

    But I'm going to buck the trend and say they probably aren't your best option for a mountain biking vacation if you're looking for 3-4 days of riding. You can ride the whole Brown Co. trail system in a day if you're taking your time, or an afternoon if you're pushing. (I've done all the trails [except the double black diamond] in ~3 hours w/ no stopping.)

    There are some more trails in the nearby Hoosier National Forest that could give you a few more days of exploring, but if it were me, I'd head to the Asheville area. A little bit more of a drive, yes, but way, way, way more trail options.

    Have you ridden the Slaty Fork area of WV? My wife and I did a trip there a couple years ago, and there is lots of great riding round there too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by heartland
    Have you ridden the Slaty Fork area of WV? My wife and I did a trip there a couple years ago, and there is lots of great riding round there too.
    No, I haven't ridden around Slaty Fork...but would love to check that area out (plus I could get in some flyfishing too! ) Any suggestions for Slaty Fork are appreciated! (I'll do some research too.)

    I think whether or not I go to Western NC depends on whether I can take off for a whole week (in which case it's worth the drive)...or I just have a long weekend. If I drive 8hrs or more, I'd like to have at least 3-4 days there to ride (not counting driving days).

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    We stayed here: West Virginia Outdoor Activities - West Virginia Fly Fishing
    It's a great spot. Really good food, reasonable prices, nice rooms, hot tub, and lots of trails right out the back door. The best part, though, was that the owners were super knowledgeable about all the trail systems. We'd bring our map to breakfast and they'd help us work out a route for the day. We don't fish, but the owners definitely seemed to know about fishing, too.

    Edit: Oh yeah, the Snowshoe resort is just down the road from Slaty Fork. So if you're into downhill mtb'ing, or want to try it out at least, that'd be an option too. We didn't ride there ourselves because we would have had to rent bikes, and we didn't want to spend that much.
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