System used by Tellico4x4.com for trails in the Upper Tellico, NC OHV area.
Trails are rated from 1 (easiest) to 10 (most difficult). Again keep in mind that rain or snow can increase the ratings at Tellico by two to three points.
|1-3||1-3||Trails with obstacles that are easy to navigate. In optimum weather conditions, some of these trails may not require the continual use of four-wheel drive (4WD).|
|4-7||4-7||Trails are moderately demanding and require 4WD. You may encounter a wide variety of challenges, including mud holes, boulders, and stream crossings.|
|8-9||8-9||Likelihood of getting stuck is considerably higher. Mud holes here may be deep and rock climbing will be more arduous. There is a chance for parts breakage and body damage on these trails.|
|10||10||Reserved for the rocky, off-camber, most difficult obstacles. Rollovers, breakage and body damage is to be expected here.|
Note: Trail ratings are highly subjective. A trail that is easy for an experienced driver with a highly modified vehicle may be impassable for a novice driver in a stock vehicle. Weather conditions may also significantly affect the difficulty of a trail. Also, the difficulty of a trail may change over time, as trail use, weather, and maintenance modify the trail. Always check with the managing organization and/or recent users before planning a trip on a trail and scout ahead on foot if you are not sure of current conditions.