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EdJonesJeeper 04-18-2010 07:23 PM

Western NC, Brown Mtn Trip
Anybody want to get a May weekend trip up to Brown Mtn Offroad Park north of Morganton?
If not, does anybody know any more local trails around the Asheville area. I've found a few but their all short trails. Please Help!

EdJonesJeeper 04-24-2010 06:10 PM

BIG TRIP open invitation to the FLATS late may.
Check this out!
Open Invite at the Flats! - May 28-30 + Sept 17-19 - North Carolina 4x4 Forum

ashevilleyjmike 05-14-2010 08:32 AM

There is Hurricane Creek near the TN line. It's close to the Fines Creek exit off of 40. Creek crossings, mud holes, climbing, etc. I took my stock Ranger there a few years ago and it did okay. I'd like to do that again. It's about 45 mins. from Asheville.

andreafahy01 05-14-2010 03:10 PM

I may have to pass the word about Hurricane Creek along to my husband. We'll be in the area in June with the JK

APPSTATEwrangler 05-15-2010 11:04 AM

I live in boone so I'm always down to make a short trip and meet some people. I'm really tryin to go to the flats that weekend too.

EdJonesJeeper 05-18-2010 10:45 PM

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Just found location of Hurricane Creek and apparantly awsome view of buzzard (roost?) right on TN line. Same distance from me as the Flats.

Since you can't make flats Mike and anyone else, lets plan something maybe June 12. I've got another TJ and possible JK and stock XJ 30's that might come aswell.

Heard its easy to miss off I-40.

EdJonesJeeper 05-18-2010 10:48 PM

PS This is Fletcher. I've not been to Hurricane creek yet

ashevilleyjmike 05-20-2010 09:14 AM

June 12th might work for me. I need to get a spare tire before then though. Wife's out of work, so unsure if that'll happen before then. If not, my buddy has an old 4-Runner and would be interested.

Yes, H-Creek is easy to miss. It's just a break in the guardrail on the side of I-40. The time I went, we actually came in from the top of the the Fines Creek exit. We then made it down the mountain and exited on I-40. I don't know my way around there. We just kind of headed downhill.

EdJonesJeeper 05-20-2010 10:12 AM

I got a spare 31-10.50 u can borrow already on rim. Disco stt

ashevilleyjmike 05-20-2010 10:19 AM

Well then, if it's 5x4.5 pattern it looks like we're in business. I might take you up on that if I don't have one by then.

I'll mark it on the calendar and round up a buddy or two. My friend Howie lives right over the mountain on Fines Creek. Maybe I can set up a cookout afterwards?.....he'd love that.

EdJonesJeeper 05-20-2010 11:10 AM

Yes it's on my old stock 5 hole jeep rim. And I'm all about sum grill!

ashevilleyjmike 05-20-2010 11:10 AM

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Sandymess 05-20-2010 12:08 PM

Not sure if i'm scheduled off that weekend yet, should find out this week. If so, the JK and i will be there!

EdJonesJeeper 05-20-2010 04:42 PM

Great map Mike! We should plan to meet at the exit before the trail and grab a late breakfast or early lunch.

ashevilleyjmike 05-21-2010 08:39 AM

Yeah, we could get breakfast before and have lunch out on the trail somewhere. My buddy will be out of town, so no after-ride cookout. Real nice stream and I hear there's good fishing in it.

EdJonesJeeper 05-22-2010 10:04 AM

Well can everyone meet in Asheville and convoy. I know AppSt prob can't but we can still meet him exit b4. Meet at hardees in biltmore 10 am?

EdJonesJeeper 06-01-2010 08:40 PM

Sheered 3 teeth off spider gears in my Dana 35 at the flats last weekend. Got a 44 going to pick up friday. Have to put axle shafts in it and bolt it in this weekend (hopefully). If all goes well should have no prob still making it to hurricane creek. Noticed couple guys going to Uwarrie that same weekend. Think I'll wait to put in front locker before that trip.

ashevilleyjmike 06-02-2010 09:07 AM

EdJones - Too bad about your 35, let me know if you can still make it.

Who else is coming? Biltmore Hardees is out of our way (Arden/Bent Creek) so I was thinking meeting somewhere further down 40, like Candler or Canton?

If we get done early enough, I may head up to Max Patch before going home.

EdJonesJeeper 06-05-2010 01:24 PM

I'm down in Arden as well, right off sweeten creek. My axle shafts didn't come in yet so I might be pressed for time. Might have to leave work early one day and put it all together! Friend supposed to let me borrow that SWR thing sometime this week.

cabnboy 06-05-2010 09:40 PM

I hope y'all get to go and will post trip stories.

APPSTATEwrangler 06-06-2010 12:20 AM

no promises yet but this might be a go for me.
ill have to check on the latest updates this comin week but ill let yall know

FishwaterDawg 06-06-2010 09:54 AM


Originally Posted by ashevilleyjmike (Post 623968)
There is Hurricane Creek near the TN line. It's close to the Fines Creek exit off of 40. Creek crossings, mud holes, climbing, etc. I took my stock Ranger there a few years ago and it did okay. I'd like to do that again. It's about 45 mins. from Asheville.


I really appreciate this information. My friend and I departed N Asheville yesterday and we found this trail. There was a light drizzle and the creek was moving pretty fast. I had some "concerning" moments in my stock 1995 Wrangler Sahara, but overall she did very well.

There is a point where the road forks left or you can go straight. We kept straight in an effort to keep climbing the mountain, but we were unsure we made the right call and turned around once the rain picked up. It was late in the day and we didn't want to spend the night because we got stuck in the thick mud or crossing the growing creek.

What is at the end of that trail? Can you recommend any other trails around Asheville that you can have tried that you think a stock Wrangler could handle? I have four fairly new Goodyear Fortera 75R15 on it.

Again, I appreciate all of the info...take care.

ashevilleyjmike 06-07-2010 08:38 AM

Glad you found the place. I'm not sure about that turn you made...I've only been there once and we went the downhill direction. If you'd kept climbing, it pops out on a farm, which leads to pavement on top of the mountain. That road takes you down and back to 40. From the topo map (look up a Google satellite image) and what I remember, you follow the creek the whole way in either direction.
Other trails around Asheville: If you know anyone in Candler, there are many miles of 4x4 trails there. You'd have to go with a "local" as a lot of it goes on private's all around the base of Mt. Pisgah. The "locals" I know are crazy rednecks and I'm not going wheeling with them.

EdJones: We can postpone this trip Saturday if problem.

EdJonesJeeper 06-08-2010 04:27 PM

Aaehhh!!!! Axleshafts backordered till 2nd week July! I'm totally screwed. Hate I'm gonna miss this trip.

Mike u can still borow tire if needed. We should meet at fat cats and have a beer anyway.

Seawalker 06-09-2010 09:07 AM

What is the Exit # for Hardees in Biltmore? I'd like to join you.

ashevilleyjmike 06-09-2010 03:30 PM

I'm not gonna make it either....I say postpone for now?

krawlerjeep 06-09-2010 06:55 PM

Question for Edjonesjeeper
Edjonesjeeper I met you back on Memorial Day weekend at a gas station on the exit of The Flats. Don't know if you remember a guy talking to you about The Flats. I live in Ga but have access to a house in Arden to stay in from time to time I'd like to try out the Flats in Sept just dont want to go alone looking for someone to meet up with to go if you are going I would like to meet up with your group to go then.

EdJonesJeeper 06-09-2010 08:54 PM

Def. Man no prob. we'll get the dates ready and convoy. Had too much fun! Mostly a bunch of buggies there so we have to keep the jeeps toghther!

krawlerjeep 06-09-2010 09:36 PM

jeep trip
Thanks for the reply, where do you live in arden,the place where I stay is a house at Luthridge off of Hwy 25. My Tj is on 33's with a 2" lift, no lockers or anything hope to have a winch and front locker by then. Hows your Tj set up.

EdJonesJeeper 06-09-2010 11:51 PM

33s on 3.5" RE superflx
Dana 44 3.73 LSD rear
xrc 8 winch
no locker yet up front

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