Shad Road

Total Miles
9.1

Elevation

962.90 ft

Duration

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Technical Rating

5

Moderate

Best Time

Summer

Trail Overview

The two ends of Shad Road that connect to Hurricane Gap are rather misleading. While it starts out as a relatively tame gravel two-track, the middle section is much more difficult than you may be lead to believe in the first half mile at each end. There are a few campsites scattered along each end, but none are available in the middle section of the trail. Expect very tight sections of rhododendron, washouts, and water-filled holes, some of which have soft bottoms. Many of the rutted sections will require either large tires and upgraded suspensions, or driving with a tire on each side of the washout. In places the trail is narrow, larger vehicles might have a harder time picking a line. A few of the deeper holes have drive arounds, but these are narrow.

Photos of Shad Road

Shad Road
Shad Road
Shad Road

Difficulty

I had to use 4 low several times, and even then with aired down MT tires a few of the holes and washes were challenging. This trail can be very misleading and someone could be in over their head before they realized it. It also offers very few places to turn around. Without a spotter it takes a very slow pace and a decently outfitted truck.

Technical Rating

5

Status Reports

Joe Robinson
Apr 27, 2024
2020 Jeep Gladiator
Open
Muddy/Wet
Rough/Deteriorated
Washboard
So, it's a great trail. But it is very rough in spots. Longer wheel bases WILL struggle with the fire breaks. There is one mud hole that is deep, mud and water about half way up the doors of a jeep xj in 33s. My gladiator in a 4" lift and 37s didn't make it over some of the fire breaks without a winch. Very tight in spots, some slight body scratching is inevitable. Overall a great trail with a lot of great views and some challenges. Very worth the trip!
Tim Goelzer
Apr 27, 2024
4x4
Open
Muddy/Wet
Rough/Deteriorated
Trail is open! There are some tight spots where all the trees have been cut. Full size trucks will have some difficulties in these areas! JEEPS and similar size vehicles will be OK. Make sure to take the short trip up to Rich mountain overlook and enjoy the view from the tower.
Michael Mason
Apr 14, 2024
4x4
Obstructed
Washout
On my Kawasaki KLX300. Multiple very large mud puddles/mud holes (1.5-2 feet deep). Sand or decomposed debris can make puddle or bottom very slick (hard to stand on it). At places very deep ruts--a challenge for two track vehicles. Some sections only rock base remains, no dirt. No obstructions seen, but didn't finish. My opinion: do not travel after rains; travel in pairs as you will need to winch.
Troll Daddy
Feb 03, 2024
2019 Jeep Wrangler
Permanently Closed
Heavily Barricaded with Natural Material
Trees cut down across the trail crossing the TN border. No notice. No locked gate. Just lots and lots of cut trees.

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