If you consider yourself an offroader, the Transamerica Trail is a serious must-experience. Here’s how to do it right:
Ente Tennessee from the Andrews, North Carolina angle and enjoy the first 80 mile stretch of roads made for Jeeps and off-road enthusiasts and stacked with views of the Snowbird Mountains, the Nantahala National Forest, the Cherokee National Forest, and part of the Cherohala Skyway.
If you’re not ready to stop, head south into Northern Georgia and the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests, riding high on dirt-based, hard-packed, Jeep-ready roads, twisting and turning with switchbacks and turnouts.
Spend a few minutes in Alabama, head back into Georgia, and then back again into Tennessee, stopping just a few miles off the track at the town of Monteagle and enjoying some good food and sleep at the Smokehouse Restaurant and Motel.
The track then runs a short ride south of Lynchburg, Tennessee and takes you straight to the Jack Daniels distillery which offers a free tour and tasting. Unfortunately, the whole county is dry so no beer or alcohol sales to the public.
It’s all good though, because the Tennessee backroads offer an incredible adventure ride, passing through an off-road park with trails in the Westpoint, TN area. Keep in mind that when riding through the Tie Camp Management Area and the Browntown Management Area, it’s important to stay on the trail.
Your last 20 minutes of riding paces side-by-side with the Tennessee River, and you’ll coast through farm lands on gravel roads that may be busy with farm equipment and tractors. It goes without saying that you should ride with respect.
Before you leave Tennessee, we’d recommend stopping at the Outpost Store for some good, old fashioned Southern food…and hospitality!