Destinations

Guidance Resource

I. INTRO

Unseen Pass typically recommends its River or Peak Route to our renters.

We keep it simple.

Both routes consolidate the most of the top spots on either the New River and creeks -or- the ridge lines for an experience that won’t disappoint. The River Route takes approximately 2.5 hrs, while the Peak Route takes 4.25 hrs to drive.

Click here for the primary routes.

For those of you who’d like to explore specific way points along these routes and/or more than what these routes offer, keep reading…

If you follow Unseen Pass’ Instagram (@mrunseenpass) – you’ll see many places that aren’t on our standard routes, such as the backroads in the Mouth of Wilson:

Scroll through and check out the photos.

The thing is – you could rent a UTV for a week and not see all that Ashe and the surrounding counties have to offer.

For repeat customers -or- for customers who rent for more than 8 hrs or for a period of days – we want to provide you guys with the details you need to directly navigate to certain way points and/or explore all the other cool spots.

This webpage is a comprehensive guidance resource that includes all the details for the waypoints, destinations, and routes outside of the two, primary routes.

This page is broken down into the following sections:

  1. Intro
  2. GPS
  3. River
  4. Peak
  5. Extra
  6. Summary

We start with the tools you’ll use to navigate to the destinations.

II. GPS

In order to navigate to the destinations highlighted below, you’ll need to have a smart phone with decent cell service or a GPS.

#1. Cell Service

Let’s start with cell service.

Cell providers with best service for Unseen Pass Routes

Folks with Verizon typically have the best reception in the northwestern parts of Ashe County. Those of you with Verizon can use Google Maps to get to most places or the REVER app, which is the GPS app we use for our routes.

AT&T has poor service and T-Mobile has almost no service in northwestern parts of Ashe County. If you have either, Google Maps really won’t work and if you would like to use the REVER App, you’ll need to do the 7-day premium trail upgrade to premium to be able to download off-line maps.

#2. Maps

Recommend to use Google Maps over other smart-phone GPS.

Use Google Maps for Unseen Pass’ Waypoints and Destinations

Google Maps is the most up-to-date phone GPS, while others like Apple Maps are not. Google Maps will take you to Pond Mountain Game Lands, whereas Apple Maps will not and won’t even show Pond Mountain Game Lands (emphasis Game Lands) as an option.

So, use Google Maps 🙂

#3. REVER App

Unseen Pass currently uses the REVER App for its River and Peak Routes. You’ll also find routes for Maxx Powell and one to Damascus, VA.

#4. Garmin GPS

Unseen Pass currently offers a Garmin zūmo® XT | Motorcycle GPS Navigator for those who don’t have Verizon as a cell provider or upon request. We’re in the process of buying more to make the process seamless for renters (i.e. not having to download REVER and etc.).

III. RIVER

This section is dedicated to highlighting the details for the best spots on the creeks and the New River.

#1. Rundown

At a minimum, you need at least 2.25 hrs to run Unseen Pass’ River Route.

The River Route Consist of several sections on the North and South Fork of the New River and the converge, which is the point where the north and south forks come together. It also consist of a few miles along Helton Creek and a little bit of Big Horse Creek.

You could simply drive the River Route or draw out the river route for an all day adventure.

There are many different swimming holes and places to stop at along the unseen parts of the New River.

The unseen parts of the New River to explore on a UTV from Unseen Pass

There is also 10+ swimming holes on Helton Creek. You could spend a half a day exploring all that Helton Creek has to offer. Check out this Instagram post that highlights a few:

In addition to all the different spots to stop along the New River and Helton Creek – there are several places to shop and eat at that are on or nearby the Unseen Pass’ River Route like The Old Store in Grassy Creek, NC.

The Old Store in Grassy Creek, NC

These are just the places on and around the route.

If you’d like to travel to specific waypoints on the River Route or if you would like to travel to river waypoints outside the route, you’ll like the next section.

#2. Waypoints

Each waypoint, when clicked, will take you to the coordinates on Google Maps:

If you only have a 2-hr rental, you can go to one of the way points.

Most of the waypoints will take you back to the dirt roads along the New River. It

#3. Destinations

Experience the cool stores, restaurants, and attractions along the way:

The red hyperlinks above will open these attractions websites. To visit the GPS, click on the GPS Link. You can also copy and paste the address into Google Maps if you’d like.

#4. Route

https://a.rever.co/communities/1434

Here are the links to the River Routes on REVER:

Once you click the links, you’ll be asked to download the app. Once you download the REVER App, make sure you re-click the links to navigate back to the routes.

One goes through Lansing, NC and the other doesn’t.

Lansing is where the River and Peak Routes intersect.

In Lansing, NC – you can grab a bite to eat, use the restroom, and even pick up the Peak Route.

#5. Instagram Post

If you haven’t already, follow @mrunseenpass on Instagram.

Once you do, check out these really cool Instagram Posts:

These IG Post will give you ideas of all you can do.

Now it’s time to switchover to resources and content for the ridge lines and peaks.

IV. PEAK

#1. Rundown

At a minimum, you need at least 4.25 hrs to run the Peak Route.

The Peak Route Consist of peaks like Pond Mountain and WhiteTop, and then unseen roads in the northern parts of Ashe County and southern tip of Grayson Highlands, VA.

You could simply drive the Peak Route or draw out the river route for an all day adventure.

Maxx Powell’s YouTube on Unseen Pass

You can hike, camp, or simply soak in the incredible views.

#2. Waypoints

Drive directly to these waypoints:

When you click the links above, you’ll be taken to the GPS coordinates on Google Maps.

#3. Destinations

Experience the cool stores, restaurants, and attractions along the way:

The red hyperlinks above will open the GPS links. You can also copy and paste the address into Google Maps if you’d like. We’ve included the websites too, if you’d like to visit those.

#4. Routes

Here is the link to the Peak Route.

Once you click the links, you’ll be asked to download the app. Once you download the REVER App, make sure you re-click the links to navigate back to the routes.

#5. Instagram Post

Check out these Instagram Posts:

Again, if you haven’t already, follow @mrunseenpass on Instagram.

V. EXTRA

#1. Rundown

If you’d like to go outside of the river route, peak route, and closely surrounding areas, this section is for you.

Some folks would like to take the Blue Ridge Parkway to Blowing Rock to eat at Town Tavern, others would like to drive through Green Cove to Damascus, VA.

If that’s you, we’ve got you covered.

#2. Waypoints

Drive directly to these waypoints:

The red hyperlinks of the waypoints above will take you to the GPS links.

#3. Destinations

Town Tavern, Blowing Rock, NC

Experience the cool stores, restaurants, and attractions along the way:

The red hyperlinks above will open the GPS links. You can also copy and paste the address into Google Maps if you’d like. We’ve included the websites too, if you’d like to visit those.

#4. Routes

Here are a few routes you’ll also find on the REVER app:

These two routes are very lengthy at nearly one day per route, but by the time you do both of them, you’ll see nearly all the unseen spots in and around Ashe County, NC.

#5. Instagram Post

Check out these Instagram Posts:

Make sure you’re following @mrunseenpass on Instagram 🙂

VI. Summary

To wrap it up…

If you want more than the standard routes and would like way points to spots on or outside of those routes, this comprehensive guide is for you!

Check out waypoints, destinations, and routes above. Take full advantage of this resource.

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