Smokey Mountain Rough Road Ride

Bryson City, NC
Sept 9th - 12th, 2013

Join us for a tour of seldom seen parts of the Smokeys for four days of back road riding in Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina. There will be a route for the more experienced dirt riders on true dual purpose bikes and an easier route for the less experienced (to dirt) riders. The easier route will also be suitable for good riders on big adventure bikes. Camping, cabins and motels available each night with both groups gathering for an evening meal.
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Andy Simons


Rock and Rollers :: 600 mi. True dual sport bike and experienced - ~150 miles per day - rocky, steep, and rutted at times. May see a mud hole.
Powder Puff :: 450 mi. New riders and bigger 'adventure' bikes - ~110 miles per day - bypasses the harder sections of the Rock and Rollers ride.
NOTE: Because of the tour nature of this ride, all riders should have a GPS device on their bike with the routes loaded, and be familiar with it's operation, or have a riding partner that does. We would like to make sure everyone has an enjoyable time and can find their way to each nights destination. No one will ride alone.

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In addition to requiring the use of a DOT approved helmet on all MTF rides, the MTF RRR Committee strongly encourages the use of Motorcycle specific protective clothing and footwear while participating in any offroad event. ATGATT reduces the severity of injuries in an accident and we want every participant in our events to be as safe as possible.

The MTF RRR Committee strongly encourages each participant in our events to self assess their riding style, interests, need for breaks and riding skill level and to keep that assessment in mind when choosing a riding partner or small group (2-4 riders) to ride with at our events. Sharing the road with someone of similar interests and riding style not only makes the ride more enjoyable for you, but safer for everyone.

The third part of safety when riding in remote areas is knowing where you are and how to get out. For this reason each rider or group of 2-4 riders should have a gps device with the routes loaded and be familiar with it's operation and use. Being lost in a maze of endless gravel and dirt roads as darkness decends is a safety issue both for yourself and those who will have to search for you.


This is going to be a tour type ride, not an out and back ride from the same location each day. We will depart Bryson City NC the morning of September 9th, stop over night in Tellico Plains, TN, Ellijay, GA, and Helen, GA, and finish back in Bryson City the evening of 9/12. Many riders will be camping. Campgrounds are right along the route, and most will have fire rings and community gathering spots for some evening story telling. For the non-campers, some of the campgrounds we are using will have cabins. Hotels are available in each city for those who don't want to rough it (make your own arrangements - watch the forum for riders sharing their plans).

Riders are responsible for making lodging reservations at each location or at a location of their choice.

SEP 8th and 12th start and finish location

Ridgetop Inn & Campground
416 Arlington Avenue, Bryson City, NC 28713
COORDS: 35.42075,-83.448383

Phone: Motel (828) 488-6363
Phone: Campground (803) 507-2511
FACILITIES AVAILABLE: Motel, RV and tent sites

Sanjay runs the motel and he has offered us a room rate of ~$49 for SEP 8 and SEP 12. Mention the MTF for the special rate. Joe runs the campground. Call to let him know if you are camping. Joe has also offered the parking lot across the street from the motel/campground as a place to leave our vehicles and trailers while we tour.

SEP 9th -- Day 1

Cherohala Mountain Trails Campground
132 Reliance Rd, Tellico Plains, TN 37385
COORDS: 35.341892,-84.360348

Phone: (423) 253-6061
FACILITIES AVAILABLE: Cabins and tent sites

SEP 10th -- Day 2

Plum Nelly Campground
15828 Highway 515 S, Ellijay, GA 30536
COORDS: 34.647684,-84.496197

Phone: (706) 698-7586
FACILITIES AVAILABLE: 2 cabins (4 people max), RV and tent sites

SEP 11th -- Day 3

Unicoi State Park and Lodge
1788 Highway 356, Helen , GA 30545
COORDS: 34.723033,-83.722300

Phone: Reservations (800) 864-7275
Phone: Lodge Reservations (800) 573-9659
Phone: Park (706) 878-2201
FACILITIES AVAILABLE: 100 Lodge Rooms, 82 Campsites,
Squirrel's Nest sleeping platforms, 30 Cottages

The MTF reserves the right to limit participation for any reason.

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