MURDER CREEK/DOUBLE MURDER

The 39 mile Murder Creek and 60 mile Double Murder gravel routes meander through pecan groves and past country churches on the rolling back roads of middle Georgia's Jasper County. The start is less than an hour from downtown Atlanta but it feels a world apart.

CLOUDLAND

The 46 mile Cloudland route consists of three long horizontal paved sectors interrupted by two short vertical gravel sectors. The first gravel sector descends the west side of Lookout Mountain to the hamlet of Rising Fawn, GA and another ascends back to the crest. Stunning views, the gorge and waterfalls at Cloudland Canyon State Park and the ride along the escarpment make this an unforgettable route.

HAYWOOD VALLEY

North Georgia's 46 mile Haywood Valley route ranks among the classics. These roads are well traveled by local riders and used for organized charity rides throughout the year. The 100% paved route travels through part of the Johns Mountain Wildlife Management Area, into "The Pocket" and along gorgeous Haywood Valley Rd from which the route gets its name. Expect mountain views, gently undulating terrain and little to no traffic.

LOVES BRIDGE

The term "endless rolling hills" define the area around White Georgia and the Loves Bridge route is just an example of what's available. This 51 mile paved route starts at Sosebee Cycling Park. On a Saturday morning, if the weather is nice, you might find a dozen groups here, getting ready to clip in.

BALD RIVER

The 41 mile mixed-surface Bald River route circles the Bald River Gorge Wilderness east of Tellico Plains, Tennessee. The route starts and finishes on the Cherohala Skyway and includes River Rd through the Tellico River Gorge and 18 miles of primo gravel through pristine federally protected forest.

THE SWINGING BRIDGE

North Georgia's mixed-surface Swinging Bridge routes come 42 and 60 mile versions. Both cross the Tocoa river twice, on an antique non-swinging steel bridge in the quaint town of Aska and again on the cable suspended bridge which really does swing. The 60 mile version adds the infamous climb to Winding Stair Gap. Take a moment to visit the US Fish and Wildlife Service fish hatchery on Rock Creek Rd if you have the time. This is one of the prettiest routes in the state.

LITTLE FROG MOUNTAIN

Paved start and end sectors bookend 38 miles of uninterrupted gravel fun near Reliance, Tennessee. This is classic Appalachian Mountain gravel and includes a 450 foot cable suspended bridge over the Hiawassee River and a place known as Jenkins Grave Gap.

LITTLE RIVER CANYON

Alabama's Little River Canyon has been called the Grand Canyon of the East. The waterfall alone is worth seeing but cyclists get to ride along the canyon rim. Two lengths are offered - 39 and 57 miles. Both are 100% paved.

THE COUNTY LINE ROUTES

Three County Line routes are based on two decades experience riding the Suburban Atlanta's Cobb and Paulding County roads and provide alternatives to driving an hour or more to the ride start or staring at a screen in the basement.

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