Easy grades and well maintained gravel road. Avoid with families or beginners during heavy use times.
Varies. Check the Daniel Boone National Forest webpage for latest closure and opening news.
FR 9a is the left fork after the bridge on FR 9. You can access the Powder Mill Branch Trail from 9a or just ride to the end of the road where you'll find peace and quiet typically.
Again, much like FR 9, this is frequently open to motor vehicles and can have heavy traffic during the tourist season or on nice weekends. It has never been closed independently of FR 9 or the right fork (9b).