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Caldwell County Driveby

Average Rating:    (3.8 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

Pop pop pop goe the nine. Big climb to the shoulder of Joe White Mtn. Continue climbing and stay on the main road. Don't get carried away on the short but intense downhills. After 2.5 miles, there is a cabin on the right. Shortly after the cabin, there is a four way intersection that is pretty obvious. On the left, just before that intersection is a narrow, not so obvious trail. This is the fun stuff, but be careful not to snag your gold chains on the rhododendrons. There are turnoffs, but the through trail is straight ahead and obvious. The trail ends at FR 187. I think the metric century uses this road. Take a left on 187 and hump it back up to Maple Grove, but if you can stand more abuse, cross 187 and drop in for the steepest thing east of Beehive and make a left for the bushwhack out of there. The right will bring you down to John's River in someone's backyard.
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Latitude
36.03855017779992
Longitude
-81.70806884765625
Trail Directions
Take NC 90 from Collettsville toward Mortimer. Maple Sally/Maple Grove Road is on the left .5 mile before the pass over Wilson Ridge. Climb the hill on Maple Grove Road to the outskirts of Maple Grove and a road with a stop sign to the right. To the right of that road is a white gate. The ride begins through the white gate. A less pleasant alternative would be to start from the pass at Wilson Ridge. Look for the empty 40s and shell casings.
Trail Length
14 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Maple Grove
   


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
February 27, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Gaston Gagne ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
It's all clear folks. February 2007. Good to go.

Recommended Route:
The top of the big downhill is in good shape as well.

The big ride that is mentioned a few reviews back is now well marked where to turn. There is a large clearing and the "road" is marked with a red blaze.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Schoolhouse.



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Review Date
March 29, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Gaston Gagne ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
There is a bunch of deadfall out here at the present time. (March 2006) Still very fun, but your fun will be segmented. We need a coupla niggaz wif chainsaws to get medieval on it. Don't let the first eighth mile deter you. It is NOT indicative of what is to come. The floods of 2004 washed that section out terribly. The rest of the trail surface is fine.

Recommended Route:
Same as above.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
There is another run off the side of FR 187 down into John's River. It's almost 2.5 miles of technical singletrack. If you come in from Murphy Rd/Adako Rd., 3.3 miles from the gate that marks the beginning of 187 proper. Right now there is a green soda bottle on a branch. Look up. How the hell did someone put that there? Hang a right (east). The trail looks like it goes to the right, but you gotta make a sharp left immediately. The right will quickly run out, so no harm done if you miss the left. At the first creek crossing, go right. That one is obvious. At the second creek crossing, go left. Hope you like rocks and creek crossings. The end of the trail widens to doubletrack and is on private property, but it seemed totally cool. You're not in anyone's backyard. Cruise down John's River and back over to Adako.

That uphill left on the way back to the car on 187??? "Closed to Vehicles" It was built for horses. Awesome trail to the top of Adams Mountain. The trouble is getting to the top.



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Review Date
August 5, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Gaston Gagne ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The Driveby is open for business again. Someone cut out all the blowdown. Nice work. This is a fun extended downhill section. The climb up Joe White is NO FUN whichever way you do it.

Bad news: there won't be any more woods on the Maple Grove end by the end of August 2004.

Recommended Route:
Got time for a really epic jaunt? As you hump it back up 187, take the THIRD right. The first right would be where you would come out from going straight across 187. After you take that, you can take ANY trail that goes downhill. They all go the same place. Then you are in deep debt and have to ride up NC 90 back up to the pass. There is a store out there.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Wilson, Yancey, Schoolhouse



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Review Date
October 31, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Huff , from Glen Alpine, NC

Summary:
This one is a little rough around the edges since it doesn't see much use. But you'll find it if'n you look. There aren't many places like this any more.

Recommended Route:
Word. Take it from my friend Puff.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Yancey, Schoolhouse, Raider Camp



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Review Date
August 29, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

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Reviewed by: Gangbanger , from Morganton

Summary:
The climb from the trailhead is fantastic. Once youre at the top it gets even better. The trail is sloppy in places but looks like it will be a local favorite. The single track is worth the time you put in for the climb. You get about a 3 mile downhill. But onetwo.three and to the phour Puff and the Banger were beggin for sum more. After you Rat-tat-tat-tat over mister 0ne Eight Seven on the undercover cop the next section becomes ridiculously steep. No lack of incest here. Bee Hive and One Eight Seven are 1st cousins. Steep and fun Ill do it again. Hang left at bottom and Bushwhack back to 187. Pick up a tree or two along the way. Bust out the 20s and get ready for some steady rollin' and bullet dodging while you ride quart low along the One Eight Seven.

Recommended Route:
Same as above

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Beehive, Raider Camp, Charlotte Douglas International Airport



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