Flagpole Knob/ PMR/ MABDR 3
Approximately 3 hours, of slightly more challenging driving at Flagpole Knob, about 1 hour on pavement and then about 1 hour of the PMR trail
Thursday: Section 3 of the MABDR
Long day of more diverse, but less challenging driving
Wednesday, April 07, 202111:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada), Bogota, Lima11:00 Hrs GMT -5:00
Thursday, April 08, 202110:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada), Bogota, Lima22:00 Hrs GMT -5:00
- OVERLAND BOUND REGION
- EVENT TYPE
- Dirt Road
- HAM 146.460
- HAM 147.225
- GMRS 467.550
- GMRS CH15
Rally Point Notes:
It would be great to meet up with the OB community. There is no obligation to do any/all of the route if someone just wants to meet up at Flagpole Knob or just do sections of the trip, etc.
For Flagpole Knob please review some Youtube videos or posts on Overland Bound for what would be required of you and your vehicle to complete this. AWD vehicles have done this, although the video I saw of it was pretty sketchy. I recommend skid plates and rock sliders (I bent a side step my last time here), a lift and good tires. Not all of the obstacles have bypasses. I did not find this route too difficult or dangerous, but it was challenging in a fun way. Please do your research to determine if you want to take your vehicle on Union Springs road. It should take around 3 hours to go up and down.
For Peter's Mill Run please do your research as well. I have no experience on this trail, but I believe it is less technically challenging than Flagpole Knob. Each vehicle requires a pass which costs $5 to access the trail. Please refer to https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/gwj/recarea/?recid=73883 for more information.
For the Mid-Atlantic Backcountry Discovery Route (MABDR) not much is required of your vehicle, it is an interesting drive on diverse terrain with some water crossings, plenty of elevation changes and scenic views. AWD vehicles should be fine, no modifications should be needed to a 4WD/AWD to complete this.
We do plan to stop at Reddish Knob and may stop to take in other scenic locations along the way. We also might stop somewhere for dinner. At approximately 200 miles long, it should take all day to complete. We plan to leave camp right after breakfast from PMR. There are multiple fuel stations along the route, including a Shell, Exxon and Burger King in Covington.
We plan to camp along Dunkle Hollow Rd Tuesday night, along Peter's Mill Run on Wednesday night and along the MABDR outside Covington on Thursday night. Wednesday we don't want to find camp in the dark, although we might have to on Thursday. Site availability may be a factor.
Any questions feel free to ask Hope to see you there, have a great day!
This is the link for the thread on here for this trip:
- Start Point: Switzer Lake Rd, Hinton, VA 22831, USA GPS Coordinates: 38.57258, -79.14601 Notes: Start Flagpole Knob run
- WayPoint 1: Forest Rd 85A, Dayton, VA 22821, USA GPS Coordinates: 38.51006, -79.18408 Notes: Flagpole Knob
- WayPoint 2: 9938 Union Springs Rd, Dayton, VA 22821, USA GPS Coordinates: 38.46327, -79.054 Notes: End Flagpole Knob run
- WayPoint 3: Moorefield, WV, USA GPS Coordinates: 39.06233, -78.96947 Notes: Start MABDR 3
- WayPoint 4: 810 E Madison St, Covington, VA 24426, USA GPS Coordinates: 37.77678, -79.96895 Notes: End MABDR 3
- End Point: Peters Mill Run, Virginia, USA GPS Coordinates: 38.8527, -78.46234 Notes: Peter\'s Mill Run
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