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Joe Brown Highway – Part One

Southern Tennessee, Cherokee National Forest, border area of Georgia, TVA country. About 15 miles from my home is this power generating station. The way it works is that there is a 35 foot dam about four or five miles up the river and the dammed up water is channelled into a wooden sluice box thing and it follows along the cliff edge at a slight downward slope while the river falls much deeper below.

Finally, at this point, the water comes out of the wooden sluice and plunges 280 feet or something which turns the turbines as if it were a 280- foot dam. Pretty ingenious.

I’m parked on a bridge over the Ocoee River which is stuffed with kayakers from about now until way late in the year. Yes, there is a person in that kayak

There he is!

I followed Rt64 east to Rt68 south and went into Copperhill

It is a town dab smack on the border of TN and GA. The blue line (which you can see on Google maps, Street Image) is the border.

From there, I went up Wolf Creek road; missed a turn; got on some other road; all good ’cause they got great scenery, are all squiggly and have no traffic; but it brought me back onto Wolf Creek right where I wanted to be- at the junction of Rt64 again.

I continued east to Murphy NC and made a left onto Peachtree or something which took me right through the middle of “downtown” Murphy NC. It’s a very quaint little NC mountain town, but I was heading for The Joe Brown Highway and didn’t stop for pictures…

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Well, as you might of guessed, The Joe Brown Highway isn’t a highway in any sense of the term. It’s a one lane sized road with a double yellow line down the middle and is squiggly with no shoulders and a drop off at most places. Then the pavement ends.

The road was basically scratched down to mother bedrock and smoothed as best they could. I guess. The rocks that stick up from the surface are of the ancient, hard Appalachian type, which have been here since, like the fifth day or something.

Tooth rattling, bone jarring, bolt popping ride, it was. But pretty scenic all the same:

I found this dirt bike trail…I wonder if the Ural will fit?

The Joe Brown Highway took me into Coker Creek and Rt68 which I followed into Tellico Plains and went up Rt360 to my friends property near Ball Play (if you’re following along on a map). He’s getting a septic system installed and the Ural and his neighbor’s quad are parked just about in the living room when the house is built.

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