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jordorunway 11-02-2012 08:14 PM

Somerset
 
Does anyone know any places to ride pretty close to somerset? Or is there anyone around here planning on getting together anytime soon?

meili34 11-16-2012 10:41 AM

I have friends that have cabin on lake Cumberland. Next time I'm down there, I'll be sure to pm you...I'd love to wheel down there.

jordorunway 11-17-2012 01:51 AM

Ok sounds good!

KentuckyMike 03-26-2013 04:59 PM

Take 167 south out of Monticello, before you get to the Tennessee State line(Pickett State Park) there is a Lizzy Sharp Road that turns to the right. Turn right on Lizzy Sharp Road, it will take you down a little hill and through a creek, then a road turns off to the left, Sharps Hollow Road. Take it about 2-3 miles back along the valley and you will come to a small home on the right and just past it, there is a bridge or you can take the road through the creek again. Just past the bridge the road takes a steep left turn and starts up the mountain. When you get almost to the top, you cross into Tenn. The first intersection there is a sign for Trumans Overlook, that road goes to the left about 2 miles then deadends, if you go straight, it will come to another intersection, which is a road leading back out to 167 on the Tenn side. Keep going straight and it will come to one last intersection, there will be a sign about the off roading rules on the corner and usually trucks w/trailers parked there. Turn to the right and it takes you all through those mountains, to some beautiful overlooks down by Pall Mall, TN (U.S. 127) or you can turn right before that and hit some great 4 wheeling trails.

I will post some pics from three weeks ago in a few minutes, from when I took some friends from Ohio up there.. We go the first weekend in March every year. Have been for 23 years now. There are places called Blue Hole, Carpenters Cave, Preachers Rock, The Rollback, etc., and there is even a marked trail that goes to the beer store on 200 at the Ky.-Tenn state line. LOL

I live outside Monticello on the lake.

KentuckyMike 03-26-2013 06:25 PM

Here are some pics from the Picket State Park area.

This is Carpenters Cave.
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This is the Rollback, a Car carrier frame made into a hillclimb to access the hollar below.
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This is the overlook over Pall Mall, Tenn.
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Here are a few pics from 3 weeks ago.

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The third and last intersection before turning right to the overlook.

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Truman overlook

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JeepAddOns-Chris 03-27-2013 09:40 PM

How advanced is the wheeling down there?

KentuckyMike 03-27-2013 11:53 PM

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Originally Posted by JeepAddOns-Chris (Post 3561496)
How advanced is the wheeling down there?

It all depends on what you like and far in you go. There is literally endless trails up there. Some water holes will look like a bicycle could ride through it..lol ..but I have seen it literally swallow a Bronco II. There are also just dirt and gravel roads, but the farther away from Pickett State Park that go, the rougher it gets. Most bad holes have ways around them too.

I have went in off 1009, just east of 200 in an area called Slick Ford. It will take you in by a church, then it starts straight up the mountain, fairly good old dirt county road, with some steep hills in it, banked turns. The soil will be red clay in one area, then the next ridge might be all sand trail. There are many rock structures throughout the area. But, I have ridden in on 4 wheelers from Slick Ford, and when we got down into Tenn. and then turned around and came back to the trucks, we had traveled 28 miles, and that was not hitting any side trails, just the main road in and out.

jordorunway 03-28-2013 07:45 PM

Yea I have a couple of friends that have rode slick ford, all the way to the car carrier, I've never been my self, probably gonna try to sometime soon.

I finally found a place to ride at, it's got alot of stuff to ride on. Place everyone calls strawberry, toward Monticello. If your coming from somerset on 90 toward Monticello you make a left onto road 1568, then you come to a fork in the road and go left and go till u come to a creek bottom, and your there. There's trails left and right, I've only been on the trails to the right, alot of fun down there, easy to get lost though (been there done that lol) I do alot of riding down there, got a couple of friends that ride there almost every weekend.

jordorunway 03-28-2013 08:06 PM

Also a off road park just opened up here in somerset, called Piney Grove Offroad Park. Great place to ride, however it just opened up and the people that opened it all drive buggies, so it mostly caters to people with buggies but there are some easy trails there. I went opening weekend and they had a bounty hill climb, TONS OF PEOPLE were there. You can find them on Facebook just look up Piney Grove Offroad Park, their gonna open it up more to where anyone will be to ride, all the way from easy to as extreme as you want to get, right now the trails rate from a 4 to extreme. However there were a bunch of stock vehicles riding the main trails.

KentuckyMike 03-29-2013 08:52 AM

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Originally Posted by jordorunway (Post 3565322)
Yea I have a couple of friends that have rode slick ford, all the way to the car carrier, I've never been my self, probably gonna try to sometime soon.

I finally found a place to ride at, it's got alot of stuff to ride on. Place everyone calls strawberry, toward Monticello. If your coming from somerset on 90 toward Monticello you make a left onto road 1568, then you come to a fork in the road and go left and go till u come to a creek bottom, and your there. There's trails left and right, I've only been on the trails to the right, alot of fun down there, easy to get lost though (been there done that lol) I do alot of riding down there, got a couple of friends that ride there almost every weekend.

I have heard people talk about wheeling over in Strawberry, but never been there myself. Will have to check it out some day.

KentuckyMike 03-29-2013 09:00 AM

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Originally Posted by jordorunway (Post 3565399)
Also a off road park just opened up here in somerset, called Piney Grove Offroad Park. Great place to ride, however it just opened up and the people that opened it all drive buggies, so it mostly caters to people with buggies but there are some easy trails there. I went opening weekend and they had a bounty hill climb, TONS OF PEOPLE were there. You can find them on Facebook just look up Piney Grove Offroad Park, their gonna open it up more to where anyone will be to ride, all the way from easy to as extreme as you want to get, right now the trails rate from a 4 to extreme. However there were a bunch of stock vehicles riding the main trails.

That sounds like a place in Indiana we use to go play at, when I lived in Ohio. I will have to look into it. Thanks. Let me know if you want to hit Slick Ford, that is all the same area as the area behind Picket State Park. It goes from 167 to 200 all along the Ky. - Tn. state line. It is a huge area to ride. No much on the trail rating system, but there is all kinds of trails down in that area around Slick Ford/Pickett State Park. Just an FYI, that car hauler bed is one slick sob when it is raining. and some definite rock crawling if you go to the right after going down it. the trail actually goes in behind the waterfalls to the right of the car hauler ramp. Its right at 8 miles from Slick Ford up to the car hauler ramp. But that's not but maybe 1/3 of the way in.

jordorunway 03-30-2013 01:00 AM

Oh is it? I might try to ride slick ford next weekend maybe, just depends if I can get a group together to go.

Yea I beat the crap outta my jeep at strawberry the first time I took it out, all stock except rims and tires lol.

Sortteam6 03-30-2013 08:04 AM

I went to slick ford last Saturday but had to stop just before I got to top because I was alo.e n didn't want to get stuck. If u decide to go post what day n time I'll go with you.

KentuckyMike 03-30-2013 09:15 AM

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Originally Posted by jordorunway (Post 3570652)
Oh is it? I might try to ride slick ford next weekend maybe, just depends if I can get a group together to go.

Yea I beat the crap outta my jeep at strawberry the first time I took it out, all stock except rims and tires lol.

I would probably go next weekend to Slick Ford. I know that place pretty well. Been riding down there for about 12 years now. Slick Ford is definitely somewhere you want to take a trail buddy with you. It gets pretty rough in some places, and there are some holes big enough to swallow a Jeep.. lol Guess I better weld in my Clevis mounts for the rear this week. I have had them for about two weeks now, just never got around to welding them in yet. I've only had the Jeep since the first of Feb., and I have probably done more to it, then most do to their Jeep in a year.. lol. Still plenty more to go too..

jordorunway 03-31-2013 12:54 AM

Well i talked to a couple of my buddies, they dont want to do slick ford, said they break stuff everytime they go there lol. So as of right now the plan is Strawberry on saturday go in the morning and try to ride all day. I'll try to get the for sure from everyone im talking to tomorrow and i'll let you guys know.

jordorunway 03-31-2013 09:55 PM

So the plan is going to strawberry Sunday around 10am.

KentuckyMike 04-01-2013 10:17 AM

I got a couple buddies coming down from Ohio next weekend. I thought they were coming this past weekend. If they head back to Ohio early Sunday, I will head out that way.

jordorunway 04-02-2013 12:40 AM

Ok sounds good, i'll pm you my number and you can let me know if your gonna make it. There is a gas station on hwy 90 called Hicks, its right there at the turn off for rd 1568, i'll be sittin there about 10am sunday, thats where im meeting a couple people at. So if anyones coming, be at hicks about 10am. :punk:

jordorunway 04-03-2013 06:06 PM

Slight change in plans, instead of 10am on Sunday it will be 11am. Sorry bout that.

Sortteam6 04-07-2013 07:11 AM

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I went down Lizzy Sharp road today and stayed to the right were I would usually turn left and go back to
167. Found the trails you guys talked about on here. Looks great and I can't wait to go back,when I have more time. Here's a pic. Of the overlook

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KentuckyMike 04-08-2013 07:33 AM

That looks like Trumans Overlook to me. If you had went the other direction, instead of going to the Trumans Overlook, the second intersection, turn to the right and stay on the dirt/gravel road. It will go through some fields then come to the woodline. You can take that trail to the Overlook above Pall Mall, TN. That is one heck of a view compared to Trumans Overlook.

KentuckyMike 04-08-2013 07:34 AM

Also, there is a trail that goes down the hill a little peice at the overlook in your picture. That trail takes you to a cave.

KentuckyMike 04-08-2013 07:38 AM

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Originally Posted by jordorunway (Post 3590374)
Slight change in plans, instead of 10am on Sunday it will be 11am. Sorry bout that.

My buddies didn't make it but just past Lexington to Georgetown and had a hub bearing go out on his Explorer (a.k.a. Exploder). So I had to take my gooseneck trailer up there and bring them back to fix it. What a Sunday I had !! Hope you had a great time and definitely count me in the next trip to Stawberry.

jordorunway 04-08-2013 06:31 PM

It turned out to be a pretty good ride, had a great day with the exception of blowing a tire lol. Put a pretty good gash in the sidewall. We was on the last trail out and I looked away for a second and grazed a rock and split the side wall open. Ill post up some pictures and stuff later.

jordorunway 04-09-2013 04:00 AM

Pictures from Strawberry.

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KentuckyMike 04-10-2013 10:28 AM

Looks like a good place to go wheeling for sure. I bet you all had a great time, Hate I missed it. I was getting ready to leave here when I got a call from my buddies, saying they had a hub bearing go bad, so I had to take my gooseneck trailer to Georgetown and bring them and the Explorer back here to fix it. So my Sunday was shot. Maybe the next time.

These rocks around here can be treacherous to a tire, to say the least. We used to blow out quad tires on rocks all the time over at 909, Livingston exit on I-75. Slick Ford isn't so bad on tires and not very rocky on most of the trails, at least the last time I was there it wasn't. LOL I did get my new rock crawler front bumper yesterday and got it mounted. Still waiting for the matching rear bumper to arrive.

http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/j...ps26e5f092.jpg

jordorunway 04-10-2013 07:34 PM

Sounds like you had a pretty good Sunday too lol. You have a pretty nice rig! I looked at that bumper a while back but decided to go with a stubby, I'm looking to start modding my jeep next month. Ill for sure let you know next time we decide to go riding, no idea when that will be though . For some reason everyone's jeeps decided to run hot except for mine lol. Probably get everything lined out over the next few weeks, we will go riding again, not sure where though.

New tire will be here tomorrow, I really need to get a spare lmao.

KentuckyMike 04-14-2013 08:50 AM

Ok let me know when. Got my rear bumper on yesterday. 4wd.com has a Smittybilt rear classic rock crawler bumper with a Class III rated receiver hitch on sale this month for $99.99 and free shipping. That what I just put on the rear and it is a very well built bumper w/1/4" mounting plate and comes with frame backing plates too.

Now time to save for a winch.lol

KentuckyMike 04-14-2013 09:04 AM

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KentuckyMike 04-14-2013 09:20 AM

Those mudholes will clog the radiator fins in some cases. That may be what was causing the overheating issues. Thanks for the compliment on my Jeep. I just bought it the beginning of February this year. Been working on it every since, getting it the way I want it set up. Winch is next, then a motor rebuild or swap out the 4.0 for 355 sbc I have already. Like the idea of the factory fuel injection though vs. a carbed sbc.


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