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Globe Road

Average Rating:    (3.4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

THERE IS ONLY ONE ROAD TO MORTIMER - MAKE SURE YOU ARE ON IT WHEN YOU LEAVE BLOWING ROCK!!! This isn't a trail, it is a 12 mile long, exceptionally fast dirt road that drops 2600' from Blowing Rock and ends up in the town of Mortimer. In fact, it is the longest and steepest stretch of downhill, dirt road in the state of NC. This awsome downhill is best accomplished with a two-car system - take a car to the bottom and leave it, use the second to drive back up for the ride. If you don't use 2 cars, you will have the most difficult 12 mile uphill climb you can possibly imagine! There are 50+mph sections, hundreds of turns ranging from sweeps to hairpins, and virtually zero traffic. I'm not much for riding on roads, but this is one incredible, nearly effortless, gravity assisted ride that speed junkies will want to try!
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Latitude
36.09502519242892
Longitude
-81.77227020263672
Trail Directions
Go to Main St. in Blowing Rock - then just ask a store owner or a local how to get to Globe Rd ( friendly people, in Blowing Rock!) Globe Rd. is only a few blocks from Main St, but you have to make several turns. If you take the wrong road 'down the mountian' on your bike, you will be in a world of a mess - miles from anything, and literally three thousand vertical feet below where you started! Best advice, get a 'Backroads' map or a USFS map that shows this area clearly.
Trail Length
12 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Fire Roads
City/County
Blowing Rock
   


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
October 10, 2006

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: dkline ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Yeah this is one bad mutha! Fast down and brutal going back up. What a total bear it is climbing this road. I can't wait to try again b/c it kicked my ass.

Recommended Route:
I parked in Yuppie Rock and rode down Globe, connected to Woodruff Branch, Upper Wilsons (21 jumps), SR90, Anthony's Creek Rd. and back up Globe.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
All of Wilson's Creek (but bring your map, compass, rescue whistle and emergency blanket in case you get lost).



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Review Date
June 14, 2001

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

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Reviewed by: TankMouth , from Chapel Hill, NC

Summary:
If you are in the Mtns on a Family outing and are tired of the knick knack shops in Blowing Rock, do this ride. Otherwise do a real road ride on the parkway.

Recommended Route:
From BR head straight down Globe Road into Globe. Turn around at the confederate flag and go back up. Beats saying 10,000 Hail Mary's if you feel the need to suffer..

Other recommended trails in the same area:
yancey ridge



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Review Date
March 3, 2000

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Big Brain on Brad , from Boone

Summary:
Sux like a Rock Shox compared to my way, unless your on a family outing or something. I give it 2 turds because it is fun to bomb the remaining sections of gravel, but that gets old.

Recommended Route:
THIS SUCKS to get to Mortimer-- Ride China Creek singletrack about 4-5 miles downhill and it cuts out some of Globe Rd. Read my review for China Creek to know what to do. It comes out on Globe rd. then you can ride to Mortimer, but right before you get to Mortimer, take the last trail on the left (21 Jumpstreet) then go to Mortimer for whatever you were wanting to do there.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
yep



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Review Date
March 7, 1999

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: B. L. Brown , from Boone, NC

Summary:
I just got back a couple of hours ago from riding this trail and my toes are still numb. The Globe area offers a lot of variety to satisfy all types of riders. The first mile or so after the trailhead is some nice gradual downhill punctuated by good size moguls which can really launch you (or hurt you if you don't hit them right). The main trail is double track and goes on for quite a ways in a steady up and down fashion which allows you to pick up a lot of speed. There are several sites which offer access to single track from the main trail and, depending on your route, the single track can vary from easy and relaxing to pretty darn technical. There are several creek crossings on one portion of single track which are very difficult crossings (thus my currently frozen toes). Lori Finley's book outlines one single track trail which is a fairly short loop and is more on the easy side but there is some challenging stuff down in there as well. The main trail is usually pretty dry but the single track portions can get really sloppy a couple of days after rains. I also found a few little foot paths which you can pick you way along for a while, but eventually they get too tight and you have to double back. For the most part, the best strategy is to head out down the main trail and simply explore. There's a lot to do and you can occupy yourself for several hours. Just don't get lost down in there--rednecks abound. I should also mention that you can begin in Blowing Rock and ride the Globe Road to the trailhead and then back out when your finished with the trail, but it's 3.5 miles to the trailhead one-way and it's pretty steep so you'd better be committed before you decide to go that route.

Recommended Route:
Globe Road branches off in several different places so there are a lot of options



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Review Date
January 21, 1999

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Skankin' Hughy , from Murphy,NC

Summary:
My roommate and I did this "trail" a few months back. It smoeked my el camino's brakes going down. it is really only about six miles of washboarded dirt road. It took me about 18 minutes or so on my Hardtail, and a little longer for my roommate on his fs mongoose. Fast as heck, but watch out for the drunk rednecks on the side of the road and the truck with about seven people in the cab and you are all right. Not for the the slow croud or the people who want their brake pads to last forever. About 2/3 of the way down the road widens and has a pull off to the side. Go down this pull off and look for what looks to be a washout at the side of the road on the left. This is China Creek Loop. It must be long as heck, because we had to turn around after riding about two and a half hours. Some really cool singletrack and fireroad. Lots of creek crossings and absolutely beautiful scenery. Traveled very little, but fun. Do globe road then China Creek Loop and make a day out of it.

Recommended Route:
Go thru main street and turn right onto globe road, Use two cars, drive one down and the other up, pray your car has good brakes, and start at the pavement.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
China Creek Loop gets five satrs for fun and beauty, Globe road gets 4, not as long as was said.



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