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post #1 of 15 Old 09-18-2012, 09:27 PM Thread Starter
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Most challenging / scenic trails in Big South Fork?

Hi, this is my first post here, I joined a bit ago and have been reading a bit here and there...

Quick question for anyone familiar with the trails in Big South Fork:

We went to BSF in July and had a great time riding the trails around the cabin where we stayed. The trails were relatively easy, and a couple were scenic, but not the full BSF experience that you hear about. We're going back soon and will haul out to a different trail head at least one day. (we are staying near True West) We like rough riding, steep terrain, and beautiful scenery. The best trail we rode on the last trip was described by a local as "dangerous/impassable, and soon to be closed for repairs" ... we loved it, and want to find more trails like that one! Any suggestions on which trails are the best?

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post #2 of 15 Old 09-19-2012, 02:36 PM
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I don't have suggestions about trails because I haven't been there myself, but a word of caution... Watch out for oil wells (don't even know which trail it was). My dad's horse spooked at one and he tried to get her used to them and she got mad and flipped over on him. He spent 3 weeks in UT's Intensive care system. At least if your horse doesn't like them, don't try to get them close at least. If you like BSF, have you tried East Fork? I have been there and really liked it.
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post #3 of 15 Old 09-19-2012, 03:56 PM
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I have some friends going to BSF at the end of this month (I'm going to have to miss this trip). Your best bet might be to ask the owners of the campground where you are staying. Or, ask your neighbors at the campground what trails they've been on, if there are any they really liked.

Tell them what kind of riding you like to do (rougher/rockier vs. open spaces) and they can give you a general idea of what trails to take.

Horse people, especially trail riders, are generally a pretty friendly and helpful group and like sharing information about where they've been.

Have a great time!

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post #4 of 15 Old 09-20-2012, 02:08 PM
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While I'm not trying to "prospect" for my local forum, you might want to join so you can ask some of our trail riders that question.

There are a few that not only live on the Plateau but have done a lot of riding at BSF and could be of some help.

Tennessee Horse And Rider Forums

Also, do you know about Circle E? They've got some really rugged trails up there. RFD-TV's "America By Horseback" filmed a segment at Circle E.

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Coming up out of Winchester, the road is a 15% grade so make sure your brakes work if you go there
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post #5 of 15 Old 09-22-2012, 05:05 PM
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I've been to the BSF three times and always stayed at least one night at the Charit Creek Lodge. I found this description (on the WWW) of one of my favorite trails in that area:

"Hatfield Ridge Loop : 9.9 miles, Magnificent overlooks of Charit Creek Lodge and Station Camp Gorge, Big South Fork River, Charit Creek Lodge. Steep descent into river gorge."
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post #6 of 15 Old 09-23-2012, 02:54 AM
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Love Big South Fork.

Only thing is, we dont go to a lot of places to ride because we usually stay around the mountains here at the house. It's also hard to get health papers and coggins on every horse you have that you wanna take to BSF.
At BSF if you dont have health papers, your not going riding.
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post #7 of 15 Old 09-27-2012, 03:19 PM
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BSF trails

I live within riding distance to the BSF trails and trailer to the different trailheads on a regular basis. Its funny when I used to come here for vacation I wanted to only ride the rough and toughest of trails but now I leave them for just once in awhile. Years ago I rode NoBuisness trail..its one of those you only do once in awhile if you want to have a horse for later. Hatfield Ridge (up by Charret Creek Lodge (sp?) is up and down and very pretty along with Station Camp trail. You can buy a trail map at the little HitchinPost Store and is well worth the money.
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post #8 of 15 Old 10-01-2012, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the suggestions. We went down for a weekend and rode some nice trails, and will be going back in the spring and will definitely check out some of these ideas. Thanks!
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post #9 of 15 Old 11-13-2012, 11:13 AM
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We have been to BSF several times. I enjoy the senic rides, but am old enough to not want it to be extreme.. I remember one trail that the ranger up at Bandy Creek told me about having "horse ladders" it was a trail near Charrit Creek Lodge. A good bet would be to take a drive up to Bandy Creek campground and talk to the Rangers there, they are knowledgeable.

If I can be of any help just let me know, I will be happy to go dig out my BSF map and give you trail names. Buying a map would also be a great idea!!


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post #10 of 15 Old 11-13-2012, 04:23 PM
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If you want to ride some challenging trails, I'd suggest going to the Great Smokey Mountains......just a few more miles down the road...

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