Mad Dog

Total Miles
3.0

Elevation

660.57 ft

Duration

1.5 Hours

Technical Rating

3

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

This trail runs from North River Rd Shortcut - 216 to the Cherohala Skyway in the Cherokee National Forest. This trail is mainly dirt with some small rocks. It winds through clearings and forest. Beware that pinstriping is very likely in the spring-fall months. At around 2 miles in, you come across a small rock ledge approximately 18-24 inches tall that is easily navigable with a good spotter. Once you clear this obstacle, you come upon a short rock garden with an approximate 12- to 18-inch ledge, and this one will get you slightly off-camber. Continue down the hill and you will see the Devil's Bowl. It's a steep 20-30 degree descent followed by a 20-30 degree ascent, with an optional 2nd hill climb up onto a bald. The Devil's Bowl could be tricky after a heavy rain. If you choose not to do the 2nd hill climb, just follow the trail to the right at the top of the first hill. You will then be met by a couple of creek crossings 12-18 inches deep. The trail ends between trees and a guardrail running parallel to the Cherohala Skyway. Use caution here due to pinstriping and traffic coming down the Skyway as you try to exit the trail.

Photos of Mad Dog

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Difficulty

Expect steep inclines and declines, small rock ledges, and rutting. Potential water crossings are up to 18 inches deep. There are mild off-camber areas. Most of the trail is one lane wide with wider spaces to pass.

Technical Rating

3

Status Reports

Chester Slomba
Jun 07, 2024
4x4
Open
If coming from Cherohala Skyway (the "end" of the trail according to onX), it's rough. The rock garden is pretty intimidating if you've never done rock crawling. It's steep and those rocks are big. Have a good spotter, or a big lift. Jeep in my pics has a 3" lift and 35s. The rest of the trail isn't too bad.
Raven Clouse
May 14, 2024
4x4
Open
Rough/Deteriorated

Access Description

From Tellico Plains, Tennessee, follow the Cherohala Skyway into North Carolina where you will turn left onto North River Road. Follow North River Road approximately 30 mins to find the trail on the right. It will be in a turn with a gate post to mark it.

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