Hurricane Creek is one of the more famous offroad trails in the southeastern United States. It lies within the Pisgah National Forest and is neighbored by the Cherokee National Forest and the nearby Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Enshrouded in mountain laurel, you follow the trail's namesake creek, where you hear its rushing waters through your side windows. The real adventure and memory-making experiences unfold as you cross Hurricane Creek several times and encounter obstacles as you find one of the storybook campsites dotted along the creek. Pack the camping gear and camera for this one!
Skirting the northwest side of Longarm Mountain in the Pisgah National Forest, Old Buzzard Roost is a spirited offroad trail for new and seasoned offroaders alike. Dense dark green laurels line the trail as it winds in and out, following terrain lines and climbing over 900' in total elevation. Each of its many twists provides a new experience, from rocks to climb over or mud to go through. This is no gravel road, and it is not a stand-alone trail either. You can combine this rugged 4WD trail with other trails to turn a short thrill ride into a multi-day overland adventure that should include Hurricane Creek.
Big Fill is located in the Cherokee National in Tennessee. It starts or ends at Rocky Top, giving you an adventurous offroad experience when combined. After coming onto the trail from Rocky Top, the terrain change is startling, with the laurels dwarfing your vehicle, the dark shades of green allowing only small rays of sunshine in, and those "am I going to get stuck?" questionable moments. In an area with mostly gravel roads, this is a must-do trail.
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