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.
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.
The paved Tower of Terror road route climbs and descends the hills northeast of Sosebee Cycling Park in White, Georgia. There is a tower but the only thing frightening about this 66 mile road route is a bit of chipseal. Expect lots of elevation change, some technical descending and virtually no traffic. The area has many interesting features including rushing creeks, a spring which pours out of the mountain and some truly bizarre roads.
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.
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.
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 38 mile Emery Creek gravel route takes in all the North Georgia Cohutta Mountains have to offer. Expect a massive climb, a blistering descent, breathtaking vistas, and a fast finish.
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.