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Vista 300/Mountain 420
The VISTA is a 300 mile unsupported bikepacking adventure. It has some the best singletrack, vistas, gravel, and roads that Cherokee National Forest and the surrounding area have to offer. Spanning several mountain ranges and watersheds, this loop starts and finishes on the banks of the Hiwassee river in Reliance, Tenn.
Reliance is the home of Hiwassee Whitewater Company/Flip Flop Burgers,Hiwassee Outfitters, and the iconic Webb Bros. Float Service, Inc. There are many historical sites and side trips along the route. It also passes through the heart of an Amish community, Amish market, and a winery. This route abounds with primitive and fee camping, lodging, and resupplies. Some of the singletrack trails included are at Chilhowee, Starr, Smith, Unicoi, Sylco, and Tanasi.
This route should NOT be underestimated if you choose to ride the whole length of the route at one time. It was purposely designed so it can also be broken down into segments for riders just getting into the sport of bikepacking, or riders who just want to tour one segment at a time.
If 300 miles just isn't enough for some of you, then The MOUNTAIN 420 will be. It is an expanded version of the VISTA 300. It ventures deep into the Cohutta's and Chattahoochee National Forest. The two main outposts along this route are Hiwassee Whitewater Company/Flip Flop Burgers and Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Get-A-Way. The additional singletrack included in the 420 is Mountaintown creek, Pinhoti 1, 2,3,4, and Dennis Mill sections.
The suggested group start for the Vista 300 and the Mountain 420 is on May 19th, 2018 at 9:00am. The start will be in the parking lot at Hiwassee Whitewater Company.
This ride will be on Trackleaders. Carrying a spot and being tracked is not mandatory, but encouraged. If you want to have your time recorded, you just need to send Chilhowee Outdoors your GPX file for verification if you choose not to sign up on trackleaders.
After you view the GPX file, its up to you to do all the research, sort out your file issues, and prepare accordingly. If you have questions, you are more then welcome to join the Vista 300 / Mountain 420 closed group page or Chilhowee Outdoors facebook page and talk with other riders.
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Lets keep the spirit of the route intact and fuel that sense of adventure.....
There will be camping and lodging available at the start along with food, a bonfire, and an incredible atmosphere. It will definitely set the stage for and unforgettable ride.
The route will always be free for anyone to ride, but please register on Eventbrite for the camping, food, and festivities so you can also be informed of specific updates or changes, and have your time verified then recorded if you want.
If you want to snag a bunk in the heated and air conditioned bunk house at the start, register fast. It is included in your registration, but there are only 16 bunks available. All others will have riverside camping included or you can book other lodging in the area.
PLEASE MAKE NOTE: You will still need to register even if you are only parking at the start for the duration of your ride.
PLEASE REMEMBER: This is an UNSUPPORTED ride. It is up to you to BE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOURSELF and plan accordingly. All the roads, gravel, and singletrack on this route are open to the public. Chilhowee Outdoors LLC has no control over what can happen out there.
Donations are always appreciated. Follow this link to make a donation and help support route development and grassroots adventures