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Old 02-17-2015, 01:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The old Tellico revisited...... Picture heavy!

I posted this on a few of my regular forums but I thought some of you might want to see it too.

So I was in Hayesville, NC recently and decided I wanted to see the old Tellico and see if trail one was truly paved......
Here is a map for those of you that never had the privilege:



Part of what is the trail 1 road:



I see now why they wanted to do what they did:
This is not in the Forrest but on the road/ trail 1 leading to the pay station.



The old pay station and parking lot:





This power box is almost exactly where they old pay sign use to be:

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Entrance to upper 2:



I can remember lining up and looking out the driver window and seeing this:



Part of this trail actually is on private property:



The climb in. This was clearly filled in at some point or scrapped over. It was a rocky steep hill climb back in the day.



This is where the Forrest land starts. You can see they pilled trees and stuff in the trail. I did not go in any further then here on this trail.



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Entrance to trail 4: It is here I got my first introduction to what a great group we have at NAXJA. In '02 I attended my first Crawl with an 84 xj on 33's. It ran fine when I left but here it was backfiring like crazy. GaMike and A-Mechanic would not let me return to camp and escorted me with the easy group. They moved on up the trail and the three of us ran together and actually kept up. Been in love with wheeling and this club ever sense.



Remints of a trail marker:



Trail 4 was an easy trail by Tellico standards but it was rocky and rough:



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Trail 1:

So yes part of it is paved:







My wonderful girlfriend Deanna that went on this adventure through memory lane with me: This is the bridge right at the entrance to Lower 2.



The Tellico river I believe:





The VW is sitting in the entrance to trail 2: The gate was open too..... No I did not go down it. It was getting late.

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Trail 5 entrance and where trail 6 came out:






So trail 5 now. this trail was navigable by a stock 4wd and people often towed up to the Tellico river crossing and camped there:



This trial ran right next to the river and was a beautiful drive:



These signs were all along where trail 5 was very close to the river:



Hmm....

This is the spot that we use to cross the Tellico river. It was a river crossing. One of the attempts to keep Tellico open was that S4WD built a bridge over it and proposed to build a second at Fain's Ford.



The bridge in the middle of the forest....



The old exit. This was a nasty climb out back then.



View from the bridge:



Down river:

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Trail 5 on the other side of the bridge:



This was a popular place to primitive camp back in the day:



The right is the old trail 5 filled with trees and vegetation:



Trash found a half hour walk into the woods where 4x4's haven't been in years!




More of the $250K bridge:





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I never camped here but I don't remember this campground being so nice:







All the pictures I took while out there are here:

http://s16.photobucket.com/user/xjgh...?sort=3&page=1
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nice work taking a look at some old trails..... too bad this is all shut down to 4x4......
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Old 03-04-2015, 04:58 AM   #9 (permalink)
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What a shame this is no more.
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Cool

Rolled through there and did some camping in the mid-'80's when I was a student at WCU. Some good ol' boy classmates from that area introduced me to it. It was more scenic than technical in a CJ, but being from the piedmont, it was amazing to see.

Knew a classmate who went camping in the Nantahala, and buried a '75 Lincoln Town Car to the frame rails down there. Good Samaritan in a new Ranger blew out his hubs trying to budge it with a tow strap. "Deliverance & Sons Towing Service" finally got him outta there, although without a Sikorsky, I'm not entirely sure HOW they did it.
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It is a shame that places like Tellico get closed up. Never made it down there....such a shame.
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What a shame...Thank you for the pics. I miss that place.
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So is it just a nature motor trail now?
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we should have destroyed the bridges and told the USFS to build their own.
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Makes me sad, Great memories.
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I sure do miss the Crawl being there. Wheeling with NAXJA were some of the best times I ever had wheeling.
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