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post #1 of 5 Old Jul 13th, 2008, 2:08 pm Thread Starter
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This has to do with the area around Deal's Gap, Cades Cove, and Townsend, TN.

Parson Branch Road goes from US 129 to Cades Cove, is it gravel or paved?

Rich Mount Road and Old Cades Cove Rd, (same road, just name changes) goes from Townsend to Cades Cove, is it paved all the way?

Just need to know what bike would be better as I do intend to travel these roads next year.

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post #2 of 5 Old Jul 13th, 2008, 8:32 pm
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Re: Need info

I believe Parsons Branch is one way FROM Cades Cove to 129 and it is not paved. Dave Dragon has ridden it since it re-opened so I am sure he will chime in. I have no info on Old Cade Cove road but it looks to be unpaved as well on my maps.

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Re: Need info

John:

You are most correct. I found the info the day before yesterday, both of those roads are gravel, both are exits (one way) out of Cades Cove, but Parson's Branch Road has 19 water crossings. So it looks like that just went on my list of roads for a dual sport.

Thanks for the initial info, it is appreciated.

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Hey I've done successful water crossings in the LT as it was the lesser of going back 4 miles in gravel or cross the water and reach pavement that was in sight.

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Re: Need info

Well I've done a bit of gravel and a water crossing would not deter me, but this is 10.5 miles of gravel, switchbacks, and 19 water crossings. In this case, I'd rather have a machine more suited for the terrain. Since I often stop and take some pics, a dual sport would be much easier to park than the LT, also take up less room since this is single lane. I love the LT on the highway, but it can be somewhat of a beast in some other places.

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