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Old November 17th, 2008, 01:29 PM   #1
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***Disclaimer***This should only be used as a guide to help plan your trip. This information is my personal experience and is in no way meant to be an end all guide to Tellico.

First and foremost:
Tellico ORV has been battling closures from the last several years and the area is considered very fragile. You MUST exhibit respect to the trails and you will 100% need to help keep the trails clean (Read as Bring a trash bag and pick trash up on the trail). You must also follow the map and stay off closed trails. The closed trails will have a guard rail blocking the entrance and exit as well as "trail closed" signs. Stay out!

Careful towing!
In this area they have many single pass dirt trails that are considered "roads". Most are switch backs up and down the mountain and you will not be able to travel more then 10mph through these areas.

If you are mapping your way to Crawford camp or to the Tennessee Tellico campground, your GPS will send you up trail 1. Trail 1 is a gravel/dirt trail that goes between Tn and Nc through the mountain. If you haul a 2 place trail, be advised that you may have to winch your trailer around some of the corners. If it has been raining, the trail will be come very treacherous. Proceed up Trail 1 at your own risk! I recommend going around!


Lodging:
In Tellico Plains, they have a lot of Motels and campgrounds listed. Unless you like staying in a hostel, I would recommend only using the following options.
1.) Primitive Camping on the Tennessee side.
2.) Crawford’s Campground on the North Carolina side.

North Carolina Side:
I recommend Crawford’s Camp, as it is within 15 minutes of the trailhead. Crawford’s also offers a shop equipped with tools and welders.

Crawford’s Camp
8340 Beaver Dam Road
Murphy, NC 28906
PHONE: 828-837-9077
FAX: 828-837-2848
http://www.crawfordsattellico.com/

Cabin available at Crawford’s:


Getting to Crawford’s: (2wd tow rig? Choose #3)
You have three options.
1.) Going up trail 1 from Tellico Plains. This will take anywhere from 1:30-3 hours depending on size group, length of trailers and the weather.

2.) Taking other roads up the mountain and into Nc. This may not be as treacherous as trail 1, but it can be! It took us nearly 3 hours to get from Tellico Plains to Crawford’s Camp.

3.) Going around the mountains. Taking I75 south to Cleveland Tn. Then taking Interstate 64/74 into Murphy Nc. This is a great drive! It takes you through Lake Hiawassee Park and you will also see some AWESOME STUFF! We saw a Bald Eagle and a killer Dam while driving through. This will take about an hour and twenty minutes to go around, but it saves you a TON of time, Stress and worry! Paved 2 lane roads the entire way!

Tennessee Side:
The forest service has limited (first come first serve) rugged camping within walking distance to the trails. These sites are in a newly improved area of the Tellico Mountain. You must travel up Trail 1 to get to the campgrounds. They are approximately an hour and thirty minutes away from Tellico Plains (read as dirt road mountain trail driving).

Must see:
Tennessee Side waterfall. This is off the main road, you must have registration and insurance! They are looking for you!

GuardRail. This trail is one of the more famous trails at Tellico. It is a Beast of a climb, but it certainly is not as bad as it looks! Give it a shot, if your worried, hook up a winch before starting!





School Bus. You will see plenty of School buses in Tennessee, but you must see the trail called School Bus. It is hard to describe, but amazing wheel! You best approach is to go down the trail from the top. I can be a VERY VERY VERY hard climb up!





Helicopter Pad. It is somewhat disappointing, but still cool. It is a very short obstacle and you really only have one good shot at it. Give it one try, if you start to slip, hook a line!





SlickRock. This trail was closed when we were in Tellico, but it is a good looking trail. May will say it is the best trail in Tellico. If this trail happens to re-open, check it out!

Fains Ford. It is a fun trail to get to Fains Ford and hanging out around the water is pretty fun. Worth seeing, not difficult by any means.



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http://www.tellico4x4.com/tellico-info-main.php

Picttures: http://www.jcrpics.com/trips/Tellico...39;/index.html
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Old November 17th, 2008, 01:33 PM   #2
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Additional Note:
Parking areas on both sides of the mountain fill up quickly. If you there on a weekend, be sure to get into the park by 8am, otherwise you will have a hard time finding parking. You MUST have registration and Insurance to drive your rig to the parking lot. You will have to unload at the top and drive the tow rig back down to find parking.

NC side parking lot during the week.
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A few things from our trip.

The trail descriptions above some right, according to my recollection

Slickrock defiantely is a nice trail. The 'slickrock' part wasn't too tricky, but there is a long fun uphill rock climb before that, and some ledges afterward which needed winching for us.

The rock garden (lower 2) is also a very worthwhile trail.



Bring flashlights! Its easy to end up on the trails longer than you think, we were on the trails until WELL after dark, and it can be very tough to spot, even walk, in the dark (consider that you might be parked 300ft UP the mountain of slick rocks and clay).

Make sure your tow rig in loaded correctly/safely, and has its brakes and cooling system in good shape, since you are towing through the mountains.

We stayed on the tennessee side, at the primitive campsites. It was just a few minutes to drive into the park from where we were. I believe they are dry (booze-wise) sites, though.

Compared with other places I've been, tellico's rocks were on the slick side. If you can't get traction, spin the tires for a while to heat/dry them, back up, and bump it again.
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A few things from our trip.

The trail descriptions above some right, according to my recollection

Slickrock defiantely is a nice trail. The 'slickrock' part wasn't too tricky, but there is a long fun uphill rock climb before that, and some ledges afterward which needed winching for us.

The rock garden (lower 2) is also a very worthwhile trail.



Bring flashlights! Its easy to end up on the trails longer than you think, we were on the trails until WELL after dark, and it can be very tough to spot, even walk, in the dark (consider that you might be parked 300ft UP the mountain of slick rocks and clay).

Make sure your tow rig in loaded correctly/safely, and has its brakes and cooling system in good shape, since you are towing through the mountains.

We stayed on the tennessee side, at the primitive campsites. It was just a few minutes to drive into the park from where we were. I believe they are dry (booze-wise) sites, though.

Compared with other places I've been, tellico's rocks were on the slick side. If you can't get traction, spin the tires for a while to heat/dry them, back up, and bump it again.
Lower 2 is closed.
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Lower 2 is closed.
Thought that might be the case.
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Thought that might be the case.
It's also very different from when we were there. Very washed out.

I walked it the last time I went.
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It's also very different from when we were there. Very washed out.

I walked it the last time I went.
Thats the key to remember, its constantly changing. I have a few tellico vids, look very different compared with when we were there...
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I been to Tellico 2x and love it there!!!!

a couple additional thoughts.........

1. I will agree on avoiding trying to tow over trail 1 (also known as "Joe Brown Highway by some GPS units).......especially starting off from the Tn side.......my first trip down there our group made this mistake and ended up getting a 2wd F250 towing a trailer stuck on the side of the mountain at 2am trying to get to crawfords.........it sucked bad.

2. taking 75 into cleveland is a good route however it is shorter / faster to get off in sweetwater and catch 68 south to 64/74 and on into murphy......it is also possible to take 68 to 214 to 64/74 which is shorter yet however 214 is very twisty and even though it is shorter it may not be any faster.

3. Crawfords is very nice.........pretty cheap to camp........shower house is broken into individual rooms each containing a sink, shower, toilet, ect.........they also have a couple coin opperated washers / dryers incase you find out the hard way your tent is not water proof LOL........oh and they have a fun rock garden to play in..


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