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Review and Pictures Royal Blue/ North Cumberland

So here is the details about the ride this weekend.

First Ride Royal Blue Campground:

The campground was nice but the cabin was overpriced for what it was. Sure it would sleep 13 but that is if you doubled up on the Futon and 2 Double beds. Also the cabin was infested with the "Lady Bug" look alikes. When I asked the owner about it she said "its the Mountains so you have to deal with it". Well needless to say everyone was afraid of anything that crunched in they're food. Several complained about them landing on they're face during the night. The "cabin" we rented was a trailer. No place to wash your boots, or radiator out and the parking area for the cabin/trailer was red mud. I say all this because we paid full price for a cabin that I feel should have been marked down with all the renovations going on that made it a big mess. We had made plans to ride here when they had the Christmas Special, so we got a RV spot. It grew into needing a cabin but they would not give us the 20 or so percent off since it was past the end date. Should have given us that with all the renovations going on.

As for the trails. Royal Blue is NO MORE. It is now called North Cumberland, so that's why I couldn't find a map online. We rode 100 miles over the course of 2.5 days. The first was a late afternoon shoot around 2 trails. Day two was 37 miles with 13 riders of all ages. We ran into a "Professional, and Certified" guide that kinda took over the trip for a few miles. He meant well but was kinda slow. This day we did not ride any big tuff trails (come to find out there was only one). Only carnage was a young man on a 2wd. He power slid a little too much and ran off the side of a trail. We winched him out in about 30 min. Think he took about 10 years off his Dad tho. The day was good. Made some friends and told some jokes. Just a little slow for me but I'm not complaining, had a lot of chances to burn up the trails and snap some action shots as everyone caught up.

Sunday was a great day. 3 of us got up at 5am packed up and rolled out at 545 am. Rode 18 miles before making it to a large creek crossing on a lesser used trail. Made breakfast and let the sun rise. Riding i the dark was a blast. Next we rode to the Elk Viewing Tower. Got close to one calf and took a good snap. After that Trav rat trap flipped his Arctic Kitty. No broke bones only pride. It was good that it happened tho. Put a reality check on us and made us more cautious. We rode the only EXTREMELY Difficult trail there. Not real difficult tho. Scale of one to ten it was a 7 in my book. Anyhow made it 47 miles that day. Great fun.

Here is a rating system for Royal Blue/ Upper Cumberland 1=BAD 10=Perfect 5=Average

Ride Royal Blue Campground =4
RRB ******* Cabin/Trailer =4
Breakfast at RRB=7
Upper Cumberland Trail System=7
Difficulty= 3
Scenery=7 (ELK)
Family Friendly=8

So here you go. Not difficult in the least (compared to Coal Creek) BUT I did have a good time because of the great company. The hard trail (just one) was like a intermediate/difficult at Coal Creek. I'm not knocking the place tho. Would be great to take the Family to in a few years.

OH one last thing. If you have a sportsman hunting license from TN its free to ride there. They duped me outa 38 bucks.

Pictures in next post!
 

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The evel one

Great pics CR....Trails look pretty good....Buggs in my sleeping face....I'da been pissed and talking smack....At least they weren't bed buggs..thedevil1thedevil1thedevil1
 

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Great pics CR, the riding sounded good the rest of it so-so!( I just love that little exta protein crunch in my cereal)
 

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I think I see a few potential GOTM pics here :s_cool:

thanks for the review of the trip, definitely know where not to stay if I ever head out that way. At least you didn't let it ruin your trip.
 

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Was there a collar on that elk?
Yeah they turned 50 out 5 years or so ago. Guess its a original or one they have tagged since. Elk has not been present in Tennessee since the 1800's (Don't hold me to the date). It was small so it could have been young or old. The other one we saw was huge but too far to get a decent picture.
 

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Well thanks for the write up!!

How were the vewis overall, compared to Windrock?? I know my 1st trip to Brimestone this past weekend, it had some nice trails, but veiws and scenery wasn't all that great. Heck, the upper half or the riding area was just a huge logging place. The only veiw they had wasn't all that great, nd the did have a waterfall... but wasn't as good as the windrock waterfall on trail 16!!
 
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