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Would anyone be interested in a TW200 gathering in the area of the Smoky Mountain National Park? There are a lot of great roads and trails around this area that would be fun to explore. I was thinking maybe around the end of May or early June. Anyone interested?
 

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I'd like to but I can't get up there until July. If you guys pull this off post some pictures so I can dream.
 

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Would anyone be interested in a TW200 gathering in the area of the Smoky Mountain National Park? There are a lot of great roads and trails around this area that would be fun to explore. I was thinking maybe around the end of May or early June. Anyone interested?


I had a similar thought the other day, but I was thinking of a Deal's Gap TW200 weekend. How far is the Smoky Mountain National Park from the dragon?
 

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I had a similar thought the other day, but I was thinking of a Deal's Gap TW200 weekend. How far is the Smoky Mountain National Park from the dragon?


There's a dirt road, Parson's Branch, that connects the Dragon to Cades Cove which is inside the GSM Park.
 

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Count me in, too.

Check out the Phillips Motel in Robbinsville, NC. Very biker friendly, cheap, restaurant next door, fire pit at night and at the end of the Cherohala Skyway.
 

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Robbinsville is nice! You have the cherohala skyway just outside of town, maybe 20 miles to 129 the dragons tail, and fontana dam a few more miles. The cherohala skyway is a beautiful road. Awesome views, up to 6,000ft, a real nice waterfall and there is a ohv park right off of it near tellico plains. Oh and there's a handful of ohv parks just north of Knoxville that are awesome. There's so much to see and ride in the area that you always run out of time.
 

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... there is a ohv park right off of it near tellico plains. ...
The OHV area near Tellico Plains was permanently closed last year.



I'd probably attend, but I'd stay out of the National Park in June. It's full of campers and RVs.



There are plenty of Forest Service roads that can keep one occupied for weeks.



The Phillips Motel in Robbinsville is the ride headquarters for many motorcycle and car rallies. Need to check availability soon if that's to be considered.



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Dang.........I was just down there from Ohio this past Holiday.........thought about how nice the TW would be ridin around there!!!!!!!!!.Have fun folks and like another said...post some pics for dream land!!.
 

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Being local to this area, Deal's Gap and Cherohala Skyway are places we usually avoid on weekends. Traffic, police, and lots of testosterone in the mix can turn a great day into a horrible one pretty quickly.



I was thinking of setting up a couple of day rides around the Harmon Den Wildlife area, located along the I-40 corridor at the TN/NC state line. ( http://g.co/maps/g6gzy ). There are a lot of great roads around there, both paved and not paved, as well as a few good double tracks. We could base ourselves out of Townsend, TN or Maggie Valley, NC. Both offer multiple hotel/motel options, camping, and restaurants.



The other option I was looking at was Bryson City. I've stayed at the Ridge Top Motel quite a few times. ( http://www.ridgetopmotel.com/ ). The rooms are clean and basic, and there is camping right next door. There's some good riding south and west of there including a great road up to the Wayah Bald fire tower.



What is the general consensus... are most of you thinking of camping or renting a room? Is there a greater preference for dirt or twisty street riding? I was assuming this would be a Saturday and Sunday event, with people arriving Friday night and leaving Sunday night.



Let's hear your thoughts. I can't accomodate everyones preferences but we can at least try to go with a general consensus.
 

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For me, any of those places would be fine. The hotel or camping thing would depend on whether my family came along or not.



As far as riding, my preference would be a good mix of street and dirt, but I would have fun no matter what type of riding was involved.
 

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I prefer dirt/forest service roads over paved twisties.



But if people are coming to this area for the first time, they probably want to ride thru the GSM park, do the Dragon, the Cherohala, and ride some of the Blue Ridge Parkway. If that's the case, Maggie Valley is a good base.
 
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