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Length: 11 mi (17.7 km)
Surface: Fire Road
Configuration: Lariat
Elevation: -
Total: 9 riders

Mountain Biking Old River Road

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#192 of 535 mountain bike trails in North Carolina
#6,298 in the world

This is a great warm up ride for the day before a Tsali trip. This is probably the flattest ride you will find in this area, as this dirt road follows the Nantahala river up towards Lake Nantahala. The gradual rise is almost not even noticeable and provides a good workout. After approx. 3.5 miles, Old River Road will end. Go right on Junaluska (paved) road. Immeadiately after bridge, turn left onto High Water Rd. After going under huge pipe, go left on an old washed out road. Go on this road to the end. Go left to cross the creek. Continue on this road (Nantahala Dam Drive) to the end. Go left onto Junaluska Road (paved). Go approx. 1 mile and turn right to return back down Old River Road. After the ride be sure to cool off in one of several waterfalls near the parking area. Whiteoak falls, the largest waterfall, is to the right of the bridge at the beginning of the road as you return. An awesome, quick, 11 mile ride.

First added by searsandrewj on Jan 1, 2003. Last updated Apr 30, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
"From Franklin, NC, take Hwy 64 W towards Murphy. Turn right onto road across from Patton Rd. Turn left onto Wayah Rd. Go about 20 miles. Turn left onto Old River Rd. Park at turn off on the right directly after bridge. Alternate: Hwy 19 from Bryson City. Turn left onto Wayah Rd. at Natahala river rafting put in site. Go approx. 7 miles. Turn right onto Old River Rd. Park on right after bridge.
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