Windrock vs. black mtn. opinions wanted

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  1. junkxj

    junkxj Well poop!

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    Planning on a trip this coming weekend, and cant decide between the parks.

    Will be willing my xj on 33s.

    Not really sure which park would suit my rig the best, as all the info I find on the trails pertains to "big" tired rigs.

    Obviously, I have never visited either, and would very much appreciate any input yall have.
     
  2. McCracken

    McCracken Lip Snatcher

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    Go to Windrock. It's more expensive but I feel it has more variety for the smaller tire'd crowd.
     
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  3. Chris_Keziah

    Chris_Keziah Joe Dirt

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    Windrock will have more for small tire rigs. Harlan has a lot but you really need to be 35+
     
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  4. junkxj

    junkxj Well poop!

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    I want to thank both of yall for the info.
    Windrock is the direction I was leaning for trails my truck could ride.

    Also, does anyone know if you can camp on the trails at either place? Not a big fan of camp grounds. Thanks!!!
     
  5. Chris_Keziah

    Chris_Keziah Joe Dirt

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    Windrock you have to stay at there campground. It's the nicest of all the wheeling spots on the east coast.
     
  6. McCracken

    McCracken Lip Snatcher

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    You can always pony up the big dollars and stay at a cabin. They are very nice.
     
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  7. R Q

    R Q Well-Known Member

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    I would not camp on the trails at Harlen! :D:eek:
     
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  8. karatejosh

    karatejosh Well-Known Member

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    Windrock was full at the camp ground last week FYI I would say there both tit for tat if you want to go actually wheeling if you want to go drive gravel roads windrock is better for that I would not suggest camping on the trails in either even if it’s allowed


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  9. braxton357

    braxton357 Robot

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    Harlan has the added benefit of being able to spin the wheel and play "will my shit still be there when I wake up?!"
     
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  10. karatejosh

    karatejosh Well-Known Member

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    I always here people say this but I have been going with pretty good size groups for like 10 years a few times a year and I have camped at every camp ground they have and never had any issues


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  11. junkxj

    junkxj Well poop!

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    Thanks again for the input. Looks like the campground at windrock is all booked up for next weekend, and I would rather not get robbed at harlan, so no clue what to do.....
     
  12. braxton357

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    URE of course
     
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  13. obullfish

    obullfish Well-Known Member

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    Coppinger cove and AOP camp at the Trials Training center.
    Location
     
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  14. McCracken

    McCracken Lip Snatcher

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    Try surrounding campgrounds. There's also Indian Creek I believe.

    edit: I just Googled Oliver Springs, TN campgrounds and got 5 results. I didn't expand the search but there's more than just Windrock's campground.
     
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  15. frankenyoter

    frankenyoter No Rain, No Rainbow

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    I've never had anything but a great time in Harlan. Camped all over and left my stuff. I would put my important stuff in the tow rig and lock it before heading out. But again never an issue.

    I'd got to Harlan. Lots of trail riding and if you do your research you can have a blast on 33s if you are locked and have a winch.

    But if it's just your rig...go to URE. You need backup on the trails if something happens to the rig. I walked for several hours once when the guy I was riding with ran out if gas...
     
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  16. junkxj

    junkxj Well poop!

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    Thank yall for the campground locations.
    I guess I should have planned this trip out a little further in advance.
     
  17. junkxj

    junkxj Well poop!

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    I really do appreciate the info. I think I will hold off on harlan untill I have a hard sided camper, which would be a little less likely to be broken into when left for the day.

    Everything I could find about harlan was more geared toward the larger trucks. My heep is locked, and has a winch, but it just being me makes me hesitant to ride those trails for the first time.

    Unfortunately it looks like my lack of planning means another trip to URE.

    At least there I am guaranteed to not break anything.........

    Again, a big thanks goes out for the info, and it will be used for my next trip!
     
  18. junkxj

    junkxj Well poop!

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    Well, just checked the weather for uwharrie for next weekend, and the highs are 94-95 each day.

    F that!!!!!
     
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  19. XJsavage

    XJsavage Warlock of Zante plantation

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    Yeah, the campground is nice. On one ride there I took with Mid Carolina Jeepers I had a fold-out cot laid out next to my Jeep and some kind of Cypress looking bush thing. I layed down and around 3 in the morning and woke up to the sound of at least two skunks going to town on a bag of Cool ranch Doritos right up underneath me. It was one of those situations where it's like what the heck do I do? I'm pretty sure as bad as I smelled on day 3 out of a 4-day wheeling trip, a squirt or two of "Eau de Skunk" may have been an improvement. :lol: That trip in particular we stayed Thursday night in Harmon den just to split the trip up. I was in a posse of about seven rigs all being driven from Columbia area. It's still probably one of the funnest trips I've ever been on. At the time I had a half ton axled, caged XJ, locked front and rear on 35s. Group ranged anywhere from mildly built TJs on 33 inch all-terrain all the way up to 1 ton JK's on 40s. Me, @01tj (back then 4cyl and 37 blues) and Gillis Coleman got the crazy idea to try baby Rattle Rock which ended up splitting us up from our group and it took probably about eight hours to track everyone back down. :D
     
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  20. Jody Treadway

    Jody Treadway Croc wearing fool Moderator

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    That's like choosing between Reba circa 1993 and Carrie Underwood circa 2006.
    Can't go wrong with either and exploring both would be a life changer.


    Go to Windrock. For a rig on 33s, much more variety
     
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  21. Chris_Keziah

    Chris_Keziah Joe Dirt

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    Mhmm Carrie Underwood, what a life changer that would be
     
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  22. 01tj

    01tj #notoffroadsc

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    That was a great trip. We need to do it again!
     
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  23. LBarr2002

    LBarr2002 Well-Known Member

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    I think that was the trip I followed you guys through baby Rattle Rock. Can remember if I was still on 33s or had gone to 35s. I just remember Gillis being on the spotters rope to keep me from tipping and not sure why the smallest guy there was my anchor...
     
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  24. XJsavage

    XJsavage Warlock of Zante plantation

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    You were totally there too. I had almost forgotten. And back then was when Greg Wolfe had first gotten into wheeling and IIRC, still on 31s, unless that was Bumpus cove.
    Damn I miss them days.
     
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  25. 01tj

    01tj #notoffroadsc

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    Thats right, you did too. @Steve97TJ was riding with me on that trip.
     
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