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I am tyring to organize a trip to this place with a few others, and am looking for some info, like how is the riding? How challenging is it? How much of it is there? Is it worth a trip from Memphis ( about a 3 hour drive)? Is there any place to stay? Where can we fill our bellies? Any reply will be appreciated, thanks.
 

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Marshall,
Turkey Bay is a great place for all degrees of off-road ability.
Camping and port-o-let's on site.
Lots and lots of rocks.
Hillclimbs from lil knobs to big scarey ones. :)
Plenty of acreage to ride.
I think it's like 15$ for a three day pass.
MikeB and Paddy make the trip from Memphis, many of us from even further.
There are restaurants and hotels within about 20-30 mins from the campgrounds.
CAL and his bunch ride there nearly every nice weekend. They are local.
It's worth the trip.
 
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LBL is a great place to ride. theres usually quite a few people there over the course of the weekend. You would definitely want Cal to go with you because hes a super nice guy and he will grab a tree if he ends up leaving anyone. I would recommend him as a tour guide for the place. If you dont get to make the outer perimiter loop you wont need a tourguide.
you will think your lost from everywhich direction but there is a fire road going around the outside of the main trails.
we always camped and cooked but there are hotels somewhere nearby.

Marshall are you a member of the Memphis mc.? I ride with a few of them every weekend. We have a lot of adventures that are close to you that will keep you happy all day long. If the groups get big there will be a chillin group and a thrillin group. either way lots of fun.
All the buddies from Drn should get together again up there before long.
Its in the prime time of the southerners ridin season so lets roll somewhere
 

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Marshall I am in Memphis and I could give you all the info u need. Drop me a PM and we can exchange phone numbers and/or ride locally. Are u in the MMC?



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Worth it for a 3 hour drive?

I've driven all the way from Ames, IA just to ride there, what do you think? ;) It's well worth it, tons of fun, and all kinds of terrain.

Make it a point to watch for the group ride this spring. It's a real good time with some great people. Hope to see you there!!
 

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I drive 6 hours to get there been there 3 times. Plan on going soon now that my collarbone has healed and the job situation is over.

Good place, big, rocky (less rocks farther away from the lake you get), ok camping. Different lines everywhere you look so it is good if you have a variety of skilled riders. Last time I went I went with some guys who ride quads, I could rip around behind zigzaging around hitting hills they couldnt, and still be able to keep an eye on them so I could stay with them.
 
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Excellent place to ride. I've ridden there for 7 years and still enjoy it. It can get crowded on nice weekends but well worth a drive from Memphis. An even better place in same area is known to locals as Linton riding area. No charge for that as at Turkey Bay and the riding is even better. It is on Corps of Engineers land right on edge of east side of Barkley Lake.

If you want a real great local dining experience, I recommend the Lake Barkley Lodge at the Lake Barkley Park which is 8-10 miles east of Turkey Bay on US 68. Food is excellent (if you like down-home southern style) and the massive timbered lodge is a real treat to see (overlooks the Lake).
 

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who are all of these mempho guys? don't recognize the forum names. lots of memphis folks go up there, all of the time. if you are an mmc member, you can check the mmc website, somebody is always up for riding there. i'll be looking for all of you guys at next month's mmc meeting.

ps anybody want to try an enduro? lemme know & i'll hook you up.
 

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Whoa, almost missed this one!

These guys have pretty well summed it up. I've ridden, basically everywhere within 9-10 hours of here, and I always come back to home. I like Turkey Bay better than anywhere I've ridden. The only single track at TB is what you make your own, so don't expect goat trails. Most trails are anywhere from 2nd gear to 4th gear trails. And there are plenty of challenges on the trail.

We have started a DRN tradition of having 2 large rides at TB every year (spring, fall). We also have smaller "advanced riders only" rides throughout the year.

Let us know anytime you want to ride! Unless my bike is down, it's below freezing, or I have a major emergency, I'm usually at TB every Saturday.

My bike is down right now, getting suspension revalved. As soon as it's back in order...we'll be there for sure! I'm getting antsy!

corey@vci.net

I need to save this thread! I can't believe John gave me a compliment! Whooda thunked he had it in him!

Around the end of February or the first of March, keep an eye out for a thread about our Spring LBL ride in this forum. More than likely the ride will be in April.
 
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Mike (FatherandSon) is interested in possibly joining us from the great cold north when we have our Spring ride. I am pretty tied up until at least mid March.
 

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MrLuckey said:
Mike (FatherandSon) is interested in possibly joining us from the great cold north when we have our Spring ride. I am pretty tied up until at least mid March.
Good deal!

It will be AT LEAST the second weekend in April or later. The first weekend is the Loretta Lynn "bike only" ride.