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New to TN. Trying to find places to go trailin/muddin. How far is the trail from Murfreesboro? Does it have varying degrees of difficulty? Is it mostly trails or are there some locations for muddin? Any info would be appreciated.
 

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hop on 840 and get off at thompson's station. depending on where in the boro you coming from 30-45 mins to the start. Its a mix of paved and unpaved roads. Mostly unpaved (gravel/dirt). They're all public roads. No "trails." Has a few creek/water crosssings that are not that difficult. No mudding unless it rained like hell day before. Still would be limited. I never had to put into 4wd. You could veer off the road but you would be on private property. It is very scenic and I enjoyed it for a smooth easy trail. But definetly not anything diffuclt. Would be a nice "sunday ride."

Sounds like you're looking for more trail/mud ridding. I would suggest you check out Wooly's Off Road or Wheelin' in the country. Wooly's is off I65 at exit 32 (i think). Little farther away but tons of trails/hills/mud. Think it is only open on the weekends. Ditto for Wheelin in the country. It's located in Summertown (near Lawrenceburg). It's further away and not easy to get to but they have a ton of land and trails ranging from extreme to easy. They have it all there and plenty of places to camp. I think they're only open every other weekend and holidays. Usually a bunch of people go when they're open (or used to - its been a while for me). Used to have a big pit you could mud in all day long. Both places have websites (again, I think) you can check out for info, prices, pics, etc. Wooly's would probably be just over an hour away with Summertown 1.5 or so. Maybe closer to 2. Both places are kinda in the middle of BFE but BEAUTIFUL country.

Let me know if I can help any other way.

If you really wanna travel... Windrock OHV in Oak Ridge (near Knoxville) is beatuful with great trails, hills, and views.
 

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Thanks for the info. Some friends and I are heading over Saturday morning. I've heard of Wooley's. That'll be my next stop.
 

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yes please purchase the map from dave. While the roads are public, he put in a lot a work to make a map. It only $20. I certainly would be lost without the map. You can certainly save the roads in your GPS for future/easier reference.
 

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I wouldn't recommend the dirt devil anymore. I'm a staff member of jeeps and wrenches, one of the local clubs in central Tennessee. Some of the Facebook jeep groups have been going off of the roads on to private property and destroying the property of land owners in the area. It got so bad last summer the local residents had taken to setting up road blocks denying jeeps access to the roads even if they are public roads. We have discouraged our club members from riding it anymore, especially in large groups.

A few inconsiderate assholes ruined a fun ride through the country side for everyone.
 

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How about instead of stop going organize your club to work with landowners and go out to mark property lines.
Get with the business owners and when you go stop and eat lunch instead of bringing a snack.
Once it's marked the property owner can prosecute anyone who is destroying thief land no questions asked.
Your club and others can share in the responsibility of the area.
A win win for all
 

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How about instead of stop going organize your club to work with landowners and go out to mark property lines.
Get with the business owners and when you go stop and eat lunch instead of bringing a snack.
Once it's marked the property owner can prosecute anyone who is destroying thief land no questions asked.
Your club and others can share in the responsibility of the area.
A win win for all
Agreed. We need to show the public that we are not all irresponsible. That is what clubs should be doing. It is important that clubs make efforts to make things better and let the community know what they are about.
 

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Agreed. We need to show the public that we are not all irresponsible. That is what clubs should be doing. It is important that clubs make efforts to make things better and let the community know what they are about.
Notice no club replied to that, main reason I jeep independent.
 

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I'll be glad to speak on behalf of the Knoxville Jeep Club, since I've been a member we haven't discussed taking the trek down, but I would be interested in working with some property owners to help mark roadways. This does look like a fun place to be and I would hate to upset the locals.
 

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A nudge here -- I'm new to the forum and owning a jeep and am looking for more of a Sunday ride option with the wife and kids, so the Dirt Devil sounds great. Is this still an option for a beginner off road experience? If not, where would you suggest starting in the Nashville / Franklin area? Woolys? Wheelin? (2016 Wrangler 75th Anniversary Edition)
 

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We did part of the trail yesterday after buying the map. It was the first time I'd driven a Jeep in "off road" conditions and it was an awesome drive, largely because it's barely "off road." We did the upper right-hand portion of the map and there were four of five little creek crossing that were very easy for a newbie to navigate. I can see why large groups would have upset the landowners, as the road goes right through or past many front yards and there are a lot of places that would be tempting to go spin through a gateless field. But, we drove past a few property owners and smiled and waved and they all waved back, so it seemed to be fine. Looking forward to checking out the rest of the map.
 

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We did part of the trail yesterday after buying the map. It was the first time I'd driven a Jeep in "off road" conditions and it was an awesome drive, largely because it's barely "off road." We did the upper right-hand portion of the map and there were four of five little creek crossing that were very easy for a newbie to navigate. I can see why large groups would have upset the landowners, as the road goes right through or past many front yards and there are a lot of places that would be tempting to go spin through a gateless field. But, we drove past a few property owners and smiled and waved and they all waved back, so it seemed to be fine. Looking forward to checking out the rest of the map.
I would like to ride today i cant get any of the links to open so i can find the store to get one of the maps! Can anyone tell me where to go??
 

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I would like to ride today i cant get any of the links to open so i can find the store to get one of the maps! Can anyone tell me where to go??
here's the map purchase info from the website...

Maps are $20 + $2.50 shipping and handling. Call 615-948-8189 or e-mail [email protected] or PayPal [email protected] or Mail a check for $22.50 to Dave Maddox 1956 Portway Rd. Spring Hill, TN. 37174
 

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I'd like to drive around the trail one day soon. I'm not going to buy a $20 map, I'll find my own way around. I only live a few miles away from leipers fork,TN.
 

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I'd like to drive around the trail one day soon. I'm not going to buy a $20 map, I'll find my own way around. I only live a few miles away from leipers fork,TN.
I drove several miles of it on 9/10 and again yesterday 9/13. It is a nice wooded country dirt and gravel road for the most part. There are many stream crossings. It hasn't rained in a week so there was not much water. The area with the most crossings and a cool waterfall is located at approximately 9547 S. Tatum creek rd. Lyles TN 37098. Coming from the south on Thompson lane, turn right onto S. Tatum rd. A google search should get you there. The road is semi-difficult to follow as it is the stream and many have made there own roads. I would recommend staying to what looks like a road and not the many trails which are obviously 4x4 trails and not county roads.

Most of the dirt devil trail should be able to be ran by a 2wd car. However, after a heavy rain the creek crossings may be too much. The area I mentioned on S. Tatum road may be okay for a 2wd car, but higher clearance is needed there than on the other sections.



Here is a link to a free map. CLICK HERE. There is no reason to pay someone $20 for a map.
 

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