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    Best trails in TN, NC or N. GA other than Tsali and Dupont?

    A group of buddies that takes a MTB trip out West every year (Moab, Sun Valley, Sedona, Colorado, etc.) hasn't quite got its $hit together planning wise this year and is looking to try and salvage a trip. Two of the guys live in Atlanta and one in N. Carolina. The others in Florida. We are wondering if a salvage idea is the Florida boys fly up to Atlanta and we drive up to Tennessee and/or N. Carolina, maybe hitting N. Georgia en route up or back. A couple of years ago we did such a trip to Tsali and Dupont, and while it wasn't bad, none of us thought it was great enough to warrant a trip back. So, it begs help from some folks with local knowledge. Say within a half-day's drive of Atlanta or thereabouts, what are the best trail systems? Ideally we'd hit a few trail systems within reasonable drives of one another across like 3 days. Any suggestions that compare to Tsali or Pisgah as references would help. We are looking for good, ole-fashioned epic XC riding. Any tips greatly appreciated?

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    People speak well of Forks (FATS) in SC.

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    Conyers was a blast. It's in the GIHP(Georgia International Horse Park) on the SE side of Atlanta. Blankets Creek on the North side of Atlanta has great reviews. I've heard great things about Bent Creek in Asheville, NC. Check Singletracks.com for info on any trails in the U.S. They have reviews, pictures, and sometimes videos along with directions on how to get there. Great site and very informative.
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    Jackrabbit Hayesville, NC.

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    +1 for Bent creek. Pisgah has great riding, and theres great riding in the Ellijay area of N Ga like Bear Creek.
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    Another vote for Jackrabbit in Hayesville. Very fast and flowy singletrack. Pure fun.

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    Enterprise South Nature Park and Raccoon Mtn in Chattanooga Haw Ridge, Concord, The Dirty South and IC King in the greater Knoxville Area. Also Big South Fork (only available to Mtn bikers during the week) North of Knoxville. Panther Creek and Warriors Path in the Morristown Area. These are just a few areas in a days drive from ATL in East TN Some of the areas would be nice to have a guide or go with a group ride to find your way around the first time (the Dirty South is actually 4 different areas connected by short sections of asphalt so a group ride is definetly needed the first time or two)

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    Tanasi Trails, Chilhowee, Raccoon Mountain, Bear Creek any of those and of course sections of the Pinhoti trails are fun with lots of mileage.
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    If you guys are into technical riding, I can suggest a system that is very different from the rest. Monte Sano State Park in Huntsville, AL. About three hours from Atlanta.

    There are around 50 miles of trails, so you can put together a full day or more of riding. It's very rocky in most places, and really fun, if that's what you're into. The trails are pretty well marked, so hard to get lost if you bring a trail map.

    Camping is available at the park, from full RV hookups to primative sites.
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    You said you rode Tsali and Dupont, but did you ride Pisgah proper?

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    If you only rode Dupont you didn't experience Pisgah.

    I would head straight to Brevard, NC, here are a few suggestions:

    Top of the list, Black MTN!
    Black MTN North Carolina Trail Reviews

    Trace Ridge North Carolina Trail Reviews

    Avery Creek North Carolina Trail Reviews

    And a short drive gets you to Asheville:
    Bent Creek North Carolina Trail Reviews

    Laurel Mountain North Carolina Trail Reviews

    There are countless riding options in the area.

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    not sure if I did or not...I do remember feeling a bit lost at times...we did the slick rock and sort of worked our way up and clockwise around the place as I recall...we hit some good sections, but also plenty of double-track that seemed a waste of energy

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    Another vote for Pisgah. As listed, Black Mtn and Laurel Mtn rides are serious climbing rewarded with great downhills, and I'll throw Farlow Gap at the top of that of heinous rides. Hoping to attack turkey pen and squirrel gap when i'm up there next week !woot!

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    As said above, the Chattanooga area is blowing up with new trails lately. Combine that with the trails that have been around for years, and you have 2 solid days of ridng different types of trails.

    This would be my itenerary

    Day 1 - Tanasi Trail Network 17+/- miles morning / Chilohowee Trail network 14+/- miles evening. The trail networks are 15 minutes apart.

    Day 2 - Raccoon Mountain (ride all the trails) travel to next area for a good dinner and night sleep.

    Day 3 - Spend all day at Pisgah... or the Huntsville stuff sounds interesting.

    But hey... whatever you do... HAVE SOME FUN!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harvo View Post
    As said above, the Chattanooga area is blowing up with new trails lately. Combine that with the trails that have been around for years, and you have 2 solid days of ridng different types of trails.

    This would be my itenerary

    Day 1 - Tanasi Trail Network 17+/- miles morning / Chilohowee Trail network 14+/- miles evening. The trail networks are 15 minutes apart.

    Day 2 - Raccoon Mountain (ride all the trails) travel to next area for a good dinner and night sleep.

    Day 3 - Spend all day at Pisgah... or the Huntsville stuff sounds interesting.

    But hey... whatever you do... HAVE SOME FUN!!
    I agree with the spots, but this itinerary would include some backtracking.

    Start with raccoon, then Tanasi/chilhowee and then Pisgah.

    Honestly, chilhowee is Pisgah lite, as is N. Ga honestly. I love both, but Pisgah is king of backcountry national forest riding in the states you mentioned. 200 miles of trail there and too many possible configurations.

    Raccoon has a feel all its own and you won't find another place quite like it, or scenery.

    Tanasi was purpose built for mtbing and is crazy fun. the easiest climbing you can get without being on fireroad.

    I would look at duckman's post about Pisgah riding.

    Some other places of interest that are unique is Monte Sano, that was mentioned before and FATS (Forks Area Trail System (?)). While Fats is technically in SC, it is right on the border, has a good days worth of trails and is SUPER flowy.

    Dupont is still one of my favorites, but you've been there.

    Whatever you choose, post your choices and some pics if possible.

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    [QUOTE= Hoping to attack turkey pen and squirrel gap when i'm up there next week !woot!

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    I hear squirrel has had some renovations done for the worse

    i hope you got some rides on it in the past as it seems it will be a decade before it gets back to it's old ways, if ever.
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    Pisgah is IMO better than Dupot and Tsali by leaps and bounds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msimmons View Post
    if you only rode dupont you didn't experience pisgah.

    I would head straight to brevard, nc, here are a few suggestions:

    Top of the list, black mtn!
    black mtn north carolina trail reviews

    trace ridge north carolina trail reviews

    avery creek north carolina trail reviews

    and a short drive gets you to asheville:
    bent creek north carolina trail reviews

    laurel mountain north carolina trail reviews

    there are countless riding options in the area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmweldon View Post
    I hear squirrel has had some renovations done for the worse

    i hope you got some rides on it in the past as it seems it will be a decade before it gets back to it's old ways, if ever.
    yeah, i read a while back in the NC forum. I never made it on the original trail, just trying to do something different than my usual laurel mtn and black mtn rides.

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    there are some awesome loops in the fish hatchery area that can certainly be very awesome (caney, daniel ridge, farlow, butter, etc, the loop possibilities are awesome), there is also heartbreak ridge if you would like something more difficult and a huge epic ride. heartbreak, imo, is the best downhill around, you can also combine it with kitsuma if it just doesn't seem hard enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahoe Gator View Post
    We are looking for good, ole-fashioned epic XC riding.
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    Dunno if this has been mentioned but I really like haw ridge, a little of everything for anyone out there.

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    Day 1 - Dahlonega (think Fool's Gold 50 Route minus some of the roads)
    Day 2 - Pinhoti (run the 34 snake creek gap route)
    Day 3 - Raccoon Mtn and/or Tanasi

    ....but Pisgah is also great so....

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    Quote Originally Posted by DemonKiwi View Post
    Dunno if this has been mentioned but I really like haw ridge, a little of everything for anyone out there.
    Ick

    It's a neccessary evil for Knoxvegassans.

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    FATS in SC or Sherman Branch in NC

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    A little one minute video - quick peek at the riding available at Monte Sano.

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    iíll give a little bump. i know a place. Norris dam state park. im like 5 min from it. itís about 20 min or some north of knoxville TN. idk how many miles there are. or what itís like never been. i want to get in to mountain biking. but kinda want to find someone to with my first few times.

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