The 100% paved Taylorsville route starts a few minutes west of Cartersville GA on the banks of the Etowah River. Flat by north Georgia standards, this 44 mile road route loops through farms and pastures and includes the classic Taylorsville Rd so loved by locals.
The Etowah River Valley is a counterpoint to the Piedmont of North Georgia and relatively flat in comparison. Gently rolling terrain, farm fields and almost non-existent traffic makes the area west of the city of Cartersville popular with cyclists needing a break from climbing and perfect for Silver Comet Trail riders looking to broaden their repertoire. Route possibilities are endless and the Taylorsville route is just an example of what the area has to offer.
The route starts on the banks of the Etowah River at the Hardin Bridge boat ramp. The site was built adjacent to an old retired steel bridge but the bridge has been torn down and all that remains are the deteriorating stone supports. The boat ramp is popular with kayakers and can get quite busy in the summer.
The Taylorsville route averages 44 feet/mile elevation so climbing will be a limiter only for the most ardent flatlanders. Wind and sun in the open farmland are likely to be bigger issues. Several long stretches of flat road are perfect for pacelines. There are a few kickers and rollers but you won’t find any sustained climbing on this route.
Taylorsville Rd is one of the those classics cyclists wish would go on forever. Take a moment to look at the remains of the Aragon Mill before you start the road. The tiny hamlet of Taylorsville at the end of the road is a vestige of a bygone era – don’t look down at your GPS or you may miss it. Stop for a few minutes on a Saturday morning and you are likely to see a group or two come through.
Riders used to big miles will find this a great route for low volume days. Cyclists just getting into riding on the road will enjoy the Taylorsville route immensely. The Taylorsville route can be used as-is or any number of roads seen on the map can be used to shorten or lengthen the route to suit individual needs. Hardin Bridge Rd from the boat ramp north to the town of Kingston is popular. Rockmart and even the Silver Comet Trail are within reach.
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- The route crosses a few railroad grades so mind the tracks as you cross.
- Much of the route is through open farmland and lacks shade - sunscreen is probably a good idea.
- Cool off in the Etowah river after a hot ride.
- The boat ramp has porta-potties and parking is free.
- The nearest full service town is Cartersville located five miles east of the route start.
- There are several store stops directly on the route including the convenience store at the Highway 101 crossing (mile 23) and Dollar General in Aragon (mile 29). The Dollar General has ice cream.