The Turkey Farm ride uses gravel forest roads, a gated section of forest road, a winding trail on roadbed through an old farmstead, and a short section of paved road to make an excellent beginner ride and all-weather loop. The forest road follows the shoreline of Blue Ridge Lake for some distance, and you can see some beautiful private homes along the way. The forest road on the other side of the loop reveals great views of the higher peaks in the area, and reminds you of more strenuous rides for other days. The leaf-watching on this ride is spectacular in high season.
The first downhill section to the gate has some deceptively tricky, dozer-built, launching pad-grade dips. The section running through the old farmstead is one of the most pleasant miles of riding in the area. The foundations of old farm buildings give cause for reflection on past uses of the land while you roll through. Three highly vigilant and dedicated dogs make the first section of gravel forest road pass much more quickly. Just as you catch your breath, you encounter the first of the two climbs on the ride. All in all, this is an entertaining alternative to muddy trails on a wet winter's day, and a great beginner loop any time of year. The listed forest and county roads are open to motorized traffic. Tread: 0.8 mile on paved road, 0.9 mile trail on old roadbed, and 3 miles on gravel Forest Service roads.
Trail Statistics & Information:
Length: 4.7 total miles
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Duration: 1 hour
Trailhead Elevation: 1,950 feet
Top Elevation: 2,200 feet
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