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

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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.
 

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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.
 

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Here are some pics from the Picket State Park area.

This is Carpenters Cave.

This is the Rollback, a Car carrier frame made into a hillclimb to access the hollar below.



This is the overlook over Pall Mall, Tenn.


Here are a few pics from 3 weeks ago.



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





Truman overlook



 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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..
 

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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.
 

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

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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.
 

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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:
 

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

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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

Natural landscape Natural environment Tree Sky Nature reserve



Natural landscape Natural environment Tree Sky Nature reserve
 
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