Road & Gravel Routes

Even though we may lose friends by admitting this, many of the club members ride on pavement and gravel. Here are some of our favorite routes.
Photo: Michael Roys Adventure Photography

2019 Short Saturday Morning Pedal

2019 Short Saturday Morning Pedal


Distance
: 10 miles

Climbing:  323 Feet

Surface:  City roads and urban paved trail

Safety:  Roads are quiet.  Some have bike lanes.  1 mile of paved trail with no motor vehicles.

Spring Lake Barber Ridge Gravel Loop

Spring Lake Barber Ridge Gravel Loop

Distance:  23 miles

Climbing:  1452 feet

Surface:  Mostly gravel.  There is a little pavement at the beginning.

Safety:  There is no support and few houses on the route.  No water or bathrooms at Spring Lake in the off-season.

Long Saturday Morning Pedal

Long Saturday Morning Pedal

Distance:  20 miles

Climbing:  466 Feet

Surface:  Rural pavement, highways, and city roads

Safety:  The highways have high traffic during peak driving hours.  Use caution at mile 14 on the narrow bridge with no shoulder.

Lake Atkins Loop

Lake Atkins Loop

Distance:  38 miles

Climbing:  991 Feet

Surface:  Rural pavement, highways, and city roads

Safety:  The highways have high traffic during peak driving hours. 

Old Hickory Loop

Old Hickory Loop

Distance:  52 miles

Climbing:  1,636.8

Surface:  Rural pavement, highways, and city roads

Safety:  The highways have high traffic during peak driving hours.  Use extra caution while riding on Hwy 64, uneven shoulder and high vehicle speeds.  

Harkey Valley Gravel Lollipop

Harkey Valley Gravel Lollipop

Distance:  56 miles

Climbing:  3,478 Feet

Surface:  Forest roads, county roads and rural pavement.

Safety:  Road conditions depend on weather conditions.  There are concrete fords that are passable a reasonable amount of time after a rain.  There are a few blind corners on some of the faster downhill sections.

Mt. Magazine from Havana

Mt. Magazine from Havana

Distance:  24 miles

Climbing:  2790 Feet

Surface:  Rural pavement, highways, and city roads

Safety:  The highways have low traffic at most times.  Use caution on the downhill until you get a feel for the road and the corners.

Mt. Magazine Gravel Circumnavigation

Mt. Magazine Gravel Circumnavigation

Distance:  56 miles

Climbing:  3,478 Feet

Surface:  Forest roads, county roads and rural pavement.

Safety:  Road conditions depend on weather conditions.  There are concrete fords that are passable a reasonable amount of time after a rain.  There are a few blind corners on some of the faster downhill sections.

Onyx - Hollis Gravel Loop

Onyx - Hollis Gravel Loop

Distance:  42 miles

Climbing:  1651 Feet

Surface:  Forest roads, county roads and state highways.

Safety:  Road conditions depend on weather conditions.  There are concrete fords that are passable a reasonable amount of time after a rain.  There are a few blind corners on some of the faster downhill sections.

Illinois Bayou & Dover Grand Loop

Illinois Bayou & Dover Grand Loop

Distance:  35 miles

Climbing:  2,077 Feet

Surface:  Rural pavement, highways, and city roads

Safety:  The highways have high traffic during peak driving hours. 

Russellville Town and Country Route

Russellville Town and Country Route

Distance:  37 miles

Climbing:  1,417 Feet

Surface:  Rural pavement, highways, and city roads

Safety:  The highways have high traffic during peak driving hours.  Use caution on the small section of Hwy 7 around mile marker 25 when shoulder is replaced by curve.  Also use caution on Hwy 64 around mile marker 30 crossing the bridge with no shoulder.