TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT IN GEORGIA BY BIKE

Have you ever visited Georgia?

Pack your bags and come with us to discover our new destination. We will go all along the state to see what are the best features you can visit by bike and as we did before we will make some stops to the best places, even if you will have to park your bike for a while.

Let’s go, you cycling freaks!  

1. Savannah

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We have to tell you that Savannah is the oldest city in the U.S. state attracting millions of visitors with its emerald tree canopy, quaint cobblestone streets and majestic architecture.

You have to see Savannah River Street a glittering, multi-faceted gem along the broad Savannah River. The century old buildings, once cotton warehouses, have been converted to antique shops, distinctive boutiques and spectacular galleries.

Oh, yes, go to the  Historic District of Savannah, the heart of one of the most beautiful cities in the world to admire the cobblestone streets, manicured gardens, and oak-shaded parks drizzling with silvery Spanish Moss. Georgia offers a perfect vacation for all ages – abuzz with art, culture, festivals, concerts, live theater, outdoor cafes, gourmet restaurants, and, of course, the true Southern hospitality. The largest National Historic Landmark District in the United States, Savannah contains more than twenty city squares filled with museums, churches, mansions, monuments and famous forts of the Revolutionary & Civil War eras.

The City of Savannah is great for bicycle travel considering the warm weather and flat riding conditions. Mobility and Parking Services works to expand the bicycle network by developing bicycle routes, installing bicycle racks, and supporting cyclist education.

 

2. Atlanta

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The capital of Georgia, Atlanta is vibrant, buzzing, modern, and very Southern at the same time.

From world-class restaurants and a myriad of cultural attractions to a hip nightlife and sporting events galore, the city is cosmopolitan in every sense of the word. But Atlanta has also managed to maintain its fabulous historic character.

If you feel excited to pedal Atlanta's best paved cycling trails, follow us!

You can try the Silver Comet Trail which it's pretty much Atlanta's best place to bike if you're looking for a flat, long distance, scenery packed ride. Bike the Silver Comet Trail on a former rail line that runs more than 60 miles of gentle grade from Smyrna to the Alabama border. You'll cycle through forest and farmland, between deep cut rock ravines and over towering train trestles with beautiful views.

In the same time, you can choose Arabia Mountain PATH that offers you a great workout as it rolls and curves through hilly terrain. More than 30 miles of paved trails through scenic forest shows the two mountains, rocky landscapes, open fields, rivers and historic areas.

Now you have to choose also another trail by yourself considering the distance you have in mind for the trip. The options are numerous: Suwanee Greenway (4 miles), Big Creek Greenway (15 miles), Stone Mountain PATH (19 miles).

And that’s not all! We will give you a tip about the cyclists favorites places to bike. You will have to reserve few more days to try them all: Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail, Piedmont Park, Freedom Park, Atlanta BeltLine Corridor under Freedom Pkwy, Freedom Park Trail at Highland Ave., Chattahoochee National Recreation Area, Chattahoochee River - East Palisades Area - National Recreation Area, Atlanta BeltLine – Midtown, Atlanta BeltLine Corridor at Irwin St., Tanyard Creek Park. Hard to decide, we know!

 

3. Tybee Island

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We are in Savannah's beach playground. Only a short 20-minute drive away, Tybee is a paradise under the sun boasting five miles of sandy public beach.

The island’s flat terrain it’s the ideal biking landscape, also the island being less than 3 miles long, it’s possible to get almost anywhere on the island by bike.

Tybee is very accommodating with bike rentals and shops, trails and routes as well as roads and pathways welcoming the cyclists all year long.

First place to bike for anyone is the beach! Start with this perfect trail for your visit. Check out the Birding Trail on North Beach near the Tybee Island Lighthouse while you’re riding.

McQueen’s Island Trail is another popular option for cyclists. It has six mile stretch and combines the best parts of history and nature into one scenic ride. The trail runs parallel to the Savannah River and takes you across saltwater marshes, wildlife habitats and historic sites like Fort Pulaski.

You have serious chances meet see box turtles, alligators and the occasional dolphin. McQueen’s trail is a must-ride!  

 

4. Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island

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From the sprawling beaches to historic ruins, Jekyll Island is a beautiful blend of serenity and discovery.

One of the most popular islands for Golden Isles visitors, the 5,700 acre island is beautiful to visit any time of year, but it is particularly beautiful in the spring and fall.

A variety of delightful views and places, include ten miles of white sand beaches, 63 holes of golf, an outdoor tennis complex, the Summer Waves Water park, a fishing pier, Jekyll Island dolphin tours, horseback riding tours, nature centers, Georgia Sea Turtle Center and… 20 miles of bike trails. Come here with the whole family! They will be delighted!

 

5. Tallulah Gorge State Park

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The most popular destinations for outdoor adventure! Beautiful waterfalls, steep-sided canyons, and serene river banks waits to be explored.

The gorge, a giant two-mile-long gash in Georgia’s rolling terrain, drops nearly 1000 feet deep over near-vertical walls to the remote canyon floor.

Breathtaking and wild!

Don’t forget your mountain bike home! Here you can test your endurance! You can try the Stoneplace Trail, a moderate to difficult 10 miles trail or High Bluff Trail, a 4 miles moderate route. If you want a more easier trail, Shortline Trail is better for you. 3 miles of paved trail, rated as easy, can be accessed from Terrora Circle Road.

But to access all the 3 trails, you need to obtain permit at the Interpretive Center.

Caution: During hunting season, it is recommended for hikers and bikers to wear brightly colored clothing.

 

6. Wormsloe Historic Site

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A breathtaking avenue sheltered by live oaks and Spanish moss leads to the tabby ruins of Wormsloe, the colonial estate of Noble Jones.

You are in the middle of a majestic rural avenue, lined on either side by over 400 stately live oak trees, and emerging at the site of Georgia’s oldest plantation.

The 1.5 miles entrance to Wormsloe Historic Site in Savannah expose a different era, traveling in time to 18th-century Georgia.

Wormsloe is the only standing architectural remnant in Savannah from the founding of Georgia.

 

7. Arabia Mountain

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Here we are in the middle of hundreds of scenic acres just east of Atlanta, breathtaking mountain and wildlife-filled grassy meadows to small, glassy lakes and wide-open fields of rock and boulders.

Dominated by two massive granite outcrops, it offers visitors natural wonders, compelling history and heart-pumping activity.

Even is just minutes east of downtown Atlanta, this is one fantastic destination for outdoor exploration, seems to be worlds away from the nearby urban cityscape.

The PATH Foundation trail within the AMNHA is designed to link cultural, scenic, natural and historic sites.

Over 30 miles of paved trails are open to bikers including a connection to the Monastery of the Holy Spirit. Explore the area’s history, ride across several bridges, including a curved boardwalk on Alexander Lake, a serpentine bridge and a 500-foot bridge spanning the South River. The trails offer a range of difficulty from mild to challenging.

 

8. Panther Creek Falls

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Take on the  Panther Creek Trail that winds through dense forest and after you will admire a series of waterfalls, you reach the final destination at the beautiful Panther Creek Falls in the Chattahoochee National Forest.

Rated as moderate, the trail offers a number of activity options and is a great option from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

But, Panther Creek Park has also others mountain biking trails you have to try.

For example, Old Wagon Trail, the 0.8 mile trail is the most popular trail in the Park. All ages and skill levels follow this trail as it contours Panther Creek.

Another one is Piney Cove Trail: Winding through tall pines, this 0.6 mile trail is a connector trail between Panther Path and the Old Farm trails. This is an excellent beginner mountain bike trail.

Move on to the next, Deer Run Trail: Contouring the Lake, this 0.8 mile connector trail meanders around a series of curves and short, gentle hills as a connector trail from the Panther Path trail to the Trout Lily Trail.

Old Farm Trails: Excellent trail for viewing wildflowers and songbirds, this easy trail features a 1.0 mile inner loop and a 1.5 mile outer loop. The inner loop gently winds through cedar glades and bramble fields — think blackberries in summer! While the outer loop travels to the Pioneer Trail through open fields dotted with hardwood and pine stands.

Trout Lily Trail: Sections of this tail wind around the lake shoreline. This 2.0 mile moderate trail is the most technical trail in the park for mountain bikers due to its rooty and rocky terrain.

Panther Path Trail: Easy 2.0 mile loop winds through open fields and through shaded stands of hardwood.

Pioneer Trail: Winding through a pine and cedar forest, wildlife viewers will enjoy this 2.6 mile moderate loop.

Pick one and start your journey!

 

9. Providence Canyon

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Called Georgia's "Little Grand Canyon", it is considered to be one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Georgia. Sculpted sandstone canyon walls from above, and up-close views within the depths of the canyon. The surrounding colors are fabulous, vibrant orange, white, pink and deep purple sandstone walls in nine numbered canyons before circling the rim. A major ultra-photogenic landscape. This place will make it an unforgettable trip!
 

10. Chattahoochee River

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Follow the ancient river in a modern city, and you enjoy nature’s display, raft leisurely through the rocky shoals with friends, fish the misty waters as the sun comes up, or have a picnic on a Sunday afternoon.

All park roads are open to cyclists, but trails are limited to specific areas.

Currently there are 7.11 miles of trails open to cyclists in the park, all within the Cochran Shoals and Palisades units. When combined with surrounding roads, there are options for cyclists of varying ability. Just make sure you ride a comfortable road bike saddle through the day. 

Ride you bike through the 3.1 miles Cochran Shoals Trail on the river’s banks near Vinings. It’s likely the most popular trail in the Chattahoochee River NRA, loved for its scenery, nearly-level elevation, and the community of runners and families that pack the trail daily.

Or go for the 3.6 miles West Palisades Trail network at the ultra-scenic Paces Mill Park near Vinings. Catch stunning views of the Chattahoochee River, and then follow Rottenwood Creek upstream to a small waterfall. Tucked between two major Atlanta highways, it’s an outdoor oasis framed by urban infrastructure.

 

Georgia is fabulous isn’t it? So many beautiful places to ride your bike and this mix of history and astonishing nature beauty, would impress anyone.

We hope we convinced you to give it a change when you will feel like going in some new place to a new journey.

We will be more than glad if you will let us know about your experience as a biker in Georgia!

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TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT IN MISSISSIPPI BY BIKE

 

Are you ready for our next bike trip in a new place exciting place? We surely are!

Here we are, in Mississippi state for the first time.

Maybe you never thought to visit the state, or you are just about to come here. In both cases, it’s more than useful to have some tips and options to spend your time and practice your hobby. Taking a ride, of course!

 

1. Windsor Ruins

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Take you bike for about 10 hilly miles from Port Gibson near Alcorn State University, to the Windsor Ruins.

From a great place to take pictures, you can see 23 standing Corinthian columns of the largest antebellum Greek Revival mansion ever built in the state.

The place has a long history as an attraction. Postcards of it have been sent from almost a century. Even Hollywood has stopped by, filming here some scenes for movies such as Ghosts of Mississippi.

Made you curious?

 

2. Cypress Swamp

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First thing first. The Natchez Trace Parkway is a more larger trail than our objective here. It is a 444-mile recreational road and scenic drive through three states, from Natchez, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee.

An excellent bicycle route indeed. Also offers many "cycling friendly" bed and breakfasts located along and near the Trace. But we will talk about it later. Now if you took a ride on this trail, you have to make a stop to Cypress Swamp.

It is so beautiful and peaceful seeing the cypress trees strongly standing in deep water.

 

3. Biloxi

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This is the playground of the south, with sugar-white sand beaches, great deep-sea, an array of championship golf courses, museums and historic sites, tantalizing seafood restaurants, and the excitement of 24-hour non-stop casino resorts.

Biloxi Visitors Center, Beauvoir, Ship Island are only a few great attraction in Biloxi.

Don’t skip a visit to one of the oldest communities in the country!

 

4. Biloxi Lighthouse

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Ride you bike to Biloxi Lighthouse, the Mississippi famous landmark.

Considered one of the most photographed sites on the Gulf Coast, the tour of the historic 65-foot tall structure is not for the faint of heart.

You should climb 57 steps of a spiral staircase inside the lighthouse, and then climb an eight-rung ladder topped by a 19x23-inch trap door into the light room.

Along the way, visitors view the waterlines from hurricanes dating back more than a hundred years as they ascend its spiral staircase.  

  

5. Vicksburg National Military Park 

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Ride through the years back in time!

The park preserves the site of the American Civil War Battle of Vicksburg, waged from May 18 to July 4, 1863. Reconstructed forts and trenches evoke memories of the 47-day siege that ended in the surrender of the city. The victory here and at Port Hudson, farther south in Louisiana, gave the Union control of the Mississippi River.

A 15-stop Tour Road takes visitors around the battlefield, much of which is unchanged since the fighting. Stops at Union batteries offer excellent views towards the Confederate forts, allowing visitors to see the difficult terrain that had to be crossed in order to assault the fortifications. Later, stops at the Confederate forts look back towards the Union positions. A tour of the battlefield, if done to actually learn about the battle, will take about five hours.

The Battlefield Tour Road is open to both hikers and bikers. The 16-mile road can be divided into smaller loops for those not wanting to hike or bike the entire road. An information panel with the hike options is located near the Memorial Arch, the entrance to the Battlefield Tour Road.

 

6. Tishomingo State Park

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This is an unique landscape of massive rock formations and fern-filled crevices found nowhere else in Mississippi.

No, you can’t say no to this trip!

Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Tishomingo State Park is steeped in history and scenic beauty. Its name comes from the leader of the Chickasaw nation, Chief Tishomingo. 

Remember we first took our bikes on Natchez Trace Parkway to visit Cypress Swamp? Well, the famous Natchez Trace Parkway, the premier highway of the early 1800s and a modern scenic parkway, runs directly through the Tishomingo park.

 

7. Clark Creek Nature Area, Woodville

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50 waterfalls, some with up to 30-foot (9.1 m) drops. Yes, here, in Clark Creek Nature Area!

Here you can find the most colorful splendor and a mix of hardwood and pine forest with large beech and magnolia trees.

The park includes the world record Mexican Plum and Bigleaf Snowbell and the state of Mississippi record Hophombeam.

There is a great mix of people here, ranging from kids and families, groups of young adults, hikers with their dogs, and married couples enjoying the great outdoors.

 

8. Gulf Islands National Seashore

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Welcome to the most beautiful barrier islands in the United States!

The home of a historic fort where you can relax and enjoy the scenery, hike a trail, ride your bike or just explore the place.

Whether you visit the seashore for a day or a week, you have many islands to visit and you can spend a delightful holiday. You have to be prepared to rent a boat, because most of islands are accessible only by private boats. Davis Bayou Area is the exception, being the only one accessible by car.

For bikers, there are no off-road bike trails at the Mississippi unit of Gulf Islands National Seashore, but you are welcome to ride on the park roads. Live Oaks Bicycle Trail takes you from Davis Bayou Campground and for two miles runs through the park, then for another seven miles will run through the town of Ocean Springs.   

 

9. Ocean Springs Mississippi 

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Did you knew that Ocean Springs was recently voted as a top 10 Happiest Seaside Towns by Coastal Living?

Shinning in the heart of the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast on the eastern shore of Biloxi Bay, Ocean Springs has been flavored by many influences during its rich history.

Nestled along the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the City of Ocean Springs is a vibrant and eclectic arts community. If you take a quick drive through Ocean Springs on a sunny weekend, you are sure to spot several cyclists. That's why the city is pushing to make Ocean Springs more bike-friendly.

Ocean Springs’ natural beauty will draw you and you will see for yourself that this is just a wonderful place to bicycle.

To be posh and comfortable on your ride to Ocean Springs, we recommend a comfortable Cruiser Bike Saddle.

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All eyes will follow you! Don’t stop, ride on!

 

10. Natchez Trace Parkway

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Yes, I know you know it already!

We already talked about Natchez Trace Parkway when it we visited places crossed but this trail, but now we will talk about it in particular.

It’s a very very long trail of 444 miles from Natchez to Nashville and it can be an experience of a lifetime. What is so cool about it? The National Park Service has designated the entire 444 miles as a bicycle route with light automotive traffic. Another nice thing is that Parkway provides innumerable side trails and opportunities for fun in the great outdoors or through artistic and cultural adventure, whether digging into history at significant sites or digging into delicious dining and shopping at historic and charming communities that stretch the length of the Parkway. You will find ten campgrounds along the Parkway, five strategically located campgrounds are bike only, equipped with tent sites, picnic tables and fire grates, with water available year-round inside Parkway restrooms and outside also during the other three seasons.

Also B&Bs catering to Parkway travel as well as excellent motel/hotel accommodations can be found all along the route. Great, isn’t it? We told you so!

But, if you want to ride all the 444 miles of the trail in one trip, you need one more tip! Choosing the time of year for the trip is important.

There’s an approximately 12 degree temperature difference between the most southern end of the route in Natchez and the most northern end in Nashville, so most of the rides prefer to ride it all in one trip in spring between late March and early May, or fall between late September and early November.

If you decided to take your vacation and ride during the cold winter months or hot summer months, you have to choose to ride either the northern or southern segment of the Parkway only.

See you next time, guys! Maybe we will meet pedaling on Natchez Trace Parkway or on the beach in Ocean Springs. In the meantime, we are more than curious what are your preferred routes in Mississippi?

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TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT IN TENNESSEE BY BIKE

Curious to see where we go today?

As you probably are use to, we will go through different places, cultural or recreational for all kind of journeys, places rich in history or natural diversity. All special, that’s for sure.

 

1. Smoky Mountains National Park

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Did you knew that this is America's most visited national park?

World renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, The Great Smokies are part of an International Biosphere Reserve.

The Great Smokies are also home to the densest black bear population in the Eastern United States and the most diverse salamander population outside of the tropics.

Bicycles can travel on most roads within the park. But, due to steep terrain, narrow road surfaces, and heavy automobile traffic, many park roads are not well suited for safe and enjoyable bicycle riding. Don’t be sad! Cove Loop Road is an exception.

The 11-mile one way road, is a popular bicycling area. It provides bicyclists with excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing and touring 19th century home-sites.

 

2. The Parthenon Tennessee

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First thing first.

Get a bike from Nashville B-cycle, a fun and easy way to see the sites and explore Nashville's fantastic greenways!

They have 36 convenient B-stations and over 310 bright red bikes to get you around Nashville.

Then go to Parthenon.

This is the world's only full-size replica of the ancient Greek temple. You will be surprised to hear that this is an exact replica of the Greek temple, its architecture including not a single straight line; no two columns are the same size, nor are they placed the same distance apart. No two steps are the same size and the floor is not square or level.

Inside you will discover the tallest indoor sculpture in the western world, a statue of Athena, the ancient goddess of wisdom and learning, the deity for whom the original Parthenon was erected. Originally built for the Tennessee Centennial Exposition in 1897, the building became unsafe and was rebuilt in 1929. A proud symbol of Tennessee's Capitol city, the "Athens of the South," the Parthenon houses the city's permanent art collection, plaster casts of the Elgin Marbles, a gift shop, and visitors center.

 

3. Downtown Knoxville

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Cycling in East Tennessee means rolling hills and surprising landscapes, meandering routes along beautiful rivers and creeks, and spectacular scenery on roads, greenways and trails.

Knoxville offers an infinite array of byways which offer everything from a leisurely scenic stroll with the family to challenging tracks for the adventurous cyclist.

Over 65 miles of greenways are perfectly designed for the recreational biker or adventure enthusiast as well as challenging and also hilly roads and trails for those looking for a more thrilling experience. 

 

4. Lookout Mountain

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Here you find three top rated, world-famous natural attractions that showcase the natural beauty of Lookout Mountain and views of the Chattanooga Valley.

Start your day at Ruby Falls, America’s deepest cave and largest underground waterfall accessible to the public.

Go next to a leisurely stroll through Rock City Gardens. Each season there's a new reason to visit with changing flora, fauna, and the world-famous "See Seven States" view.

Then ride the Incline Railway, the world’s steepest passenger railway. What will close best the journey as the views of Chattanooga from the Lookout Mountain Tower?

 

5. The Titanic Museum

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If you liked the story directed by James Cameron you should come and see the Museum built half-scale to the original ship.

Similar to the one in Branson, Missouri, the museum holds 400 pre-discovery artifacts in twenty galleries.

The structure is built in a pool to create the illusion of the Titanic at sea, and the 2-hour, self-guided tour is designed to give guests the sensation of being an original passenger on the Titanic's 1912 maiden voyage.

It is the largest permanent Titanic museum in the world.

 

6. Big South Fork National River

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If you are a passionate rider you probably know about IMBA Epic.

Now I will tell you all 5 Ride IMBA Epic is made up of five trails the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area (NRRA) in Tennessee: Collier Ridge, West Bandy, Duncan Hollow, Grand Gap and a section of the John Muir Trail.

Deep forests, rocky faces and views into river gorges compliment the fun, moderate trails on this ride. Riding all of the trails and connecting each with some gravel road means approximately 35 miles. There are 30 miles of singletrack and about 5 miles of gravel to connect everything. The singletrack is flowy and smooth with minimal climbing. Grand Gap and John Muir trails present massive rock shelters and several scenic views of the Big South Fork River from the rim of the gorge 500 feet above the river and its huge boulders. While all 5 of the trails are open to hikers, only Grand Gap and John Muir trails have an appreciable number of hikers. There is a large number of horse trails inside the park, but horses are not allowed on the mountain bike trails listed here. However, you may see them on the gravel roads that connect the bike trails.

The trails are mostly beginner to intermediate level offering a few technical sections and creek crossings as riders meander through pines, oaks, hemlocks, maples, and other richly diverse trees and native plants along with abundant wildlife featuring black bears, turkey, deer, and other small game.

The moderate climate easily allows mountain biking year round. You can also try hiking/biking trail named Chestnut Ridge, a 13 mile loop beginning at the Rock Creek Trailhead. It is a flowing singletrack that offers an overlook of the park

 

7. Rock Island State Park Tennessee

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Enoy your favorite outdoor adventures and explore the fabulous natural heritage in an 883 acre park located on the headwaters of Center Hill Lake at the confluence of the Caney Fork, Collins and Rocky Rivers.

The rugged beauty of the park includes the Caney Fork Gorge below Great Falls Dam. These overlooks are some of the most scenic and significant along the Eastern Highland Rim.

Great Falls is a 30 foot horseshoe cascading waterfall, located below the 19th century cotton textile mill that it powered over 100 years ago.

 

8. Gatlinburg

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Gatlinburg offers many exhilarating options for bicycle enthusiasts.

For those who love to churn the wheels, get a good work out, and ride through scenic landscapes there is no better place.

For those bicycle lovers who prefer a more relaxing ride there plenty of safer and just as scenic options to choose from in the Great Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area:

Cades Cove Loop Road: One of the few exceptions for riding in the national park, bicycles are allowed on the Cades Cove Loop Trail is allowed. Cyclists can enjoy this 11-mile loop road and view wildlife, visit historic cabins and take their time enjoying this spectacular valley. Bikes can be rented from Cades Cove during the fall and summer.

Another option is Townsend Bicycle Trail: This 3-mile paved trail is located in Townsend, TN and parallels Highway-US 321. Cyclists can expect rolling hills and spectacular views of the Smoky Mountains as they ride along. This is a great trail for the family and children of all ages. Portions of the trail run along the Little River, and bicyclists have access to restaurants, shops, and motels along the way. Parking is available at both ends of this trail.

One of few trails open to bicycles in the park, Gatlinburg Trail One, is the perfect family friendly bike route through the forest. This trail travels 1.9 miles from the Sugarlands Visitor Center near Gatlinburg. The path is relatively flat through forest and the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River. Foundations, chimneys and remains of historic homes can be seen along this trail.  And you are only about 15 minutes from Elk Springs Resort.

As an experienced road cyclists you should choose Foothills Parkway, a 16.5-mile stretch of road that carves through the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Foothill Parkway, which runs between US 321 and US 129, proves a challenge with steep grades and sharp turns. This road biking route has significantly less traffic than other roads running through the park.

The avid mountain biker should definitely go on Forge Creek Road/Parsons Branch Road that leads to the Gregory Bald Trail, just past the turnoff for the Cades Cove Visitors Center. It is an adventure.

Mountain bikers can huff it up a 5.4 mile one way route to the crest of Hannah Mountain and back. To avoid traffic on your ride the best time to do this trail is when it is closed to automobile traffic.

Check with the Cades Cove Visitors Center for details on this.

 

9. Birthplace of Country Music – Bristol

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If you are here, you have to find out why the place is called Birthplace of Country Music.

Bristol is probably best known for being the site of some of the first commercial recordings of country music, showcasing Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family, and later a favorite venue of the mountain musician Uncle Charlie Osborne.

So, easy. Visit The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, which tells the story of the 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings, explores how evolving sound technology shaped their success, and highlights how this rich musical heritage lives on in today’s music. The museum also houses a research collection including an extensive digital archive.

If you have some time, go see the Beautiful and majestic Bristol Caverns!

Paved, well lighted walkways wind through the vaulted chambers and along the banks of the ancient Underground River that carved these remarkable caverns from the hard core of the earth 200 to 400 million years ago.

 

10. Walnut Street Bridge

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I think this could be very romantic night journey.

Maybe you will also be in time for Wine over Water, a wine tasting event that takes place on the Walnut Street Bridge. Over 150 wines from all over the world get tasted. Or, even better.

Every summer, Chattanooga hosts the Riverbend Festival where country music and rock bands come and play for the city. On the last night of the festival, fireworks are shot off for the spectators.

The bridge is used to display a bright waterfall of fireworks, which fall down into the river below. The fireworks are displayed at the middle of the bridge, and boaters are not allowed within several hundred feet.

What do you think about our trip today? Have you already visited Tennessee and have some great tips for us? I can’t wait to hear from you!

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TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT IN KENTUCKY BY BIKE

What’s the first think to come in your mind when you say Kentucky? Fried chicken! Come on, guys, can’t stop thinking about food for a minute? Ah, I forgot, it was me who gave the this answer.

Anyways! That’s not about food, but close, forget about food and take your bike for a ride to lose some weight!

Kentucky is a land with diverse environments and abundant resources, including the world's longest cave system, Mammoth Cave National Park, the greatest length of navigable waterways and streams in the contiguous United States, and the two largest man-made lakes east of the Mississippi River.

1. Louisville

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If you decided to make a trip to Louisville you now it’s a the perfect timing!

In June, after a number of delays, Louisville’s bike share program just started. The bikes can be picked up at one station and returned to any other station in the system, which makes it easy for people looking to get from one location to another during the work or school day without driving a car, and those riding for leisure, recreation or just touring the city.

LouVelo has partnered with Transit to make it easier and faster for users to find stations, buy passes, and unlock bikes with their phones. Transit is already quite popular in Louisville with tens of thousands of users across the city.

What to do here?

Watch a race at the famous Churchill Downs racetrack, visit the Kentucky Derby Museum, explore the Muhammad Ali Center.

Mega tip: tour the Louisville Mega Cavern. This is a one of a kind experience of an Underground Bike Park. Over 320,000 square feet including over 45 trails, Jump Lines, Pump Tracks, Dual Slalom, BMX, Cross Country and Single Track all in a former limestone cavern 100 feet sub-surface. Don’t take my word for it! Come see for yourself!

 

2. Lexington

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Lexington and surroundings offer you a bucolic scenery with  over 1,000 miles of lightly traveled back roads excellent for bicycle touring. You will admire beautiful farms, lovely streams, historic homes and sites and old rock fences.

Take on the very popular Legacy Trail, a scenic, paved 12 mile greenway that runs from downtown Lexington to the Kentucky Horse Park.

This trail connects the Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden in the East End of Lexington to the Kentucky Horse Park. You will be pleasantly surprise to see public art installations along the way. There are even a few bike repair stations along the route.

Another option is “Cycling Through History” a historic cycling tour created by the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation, with 38 major points and about 11 miles long. Of course, you can do it entirely or use the shortcuts.

For the experienced cyclists, I recommend the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, a series of Bourbon distilleries tours created by the Kentucky Distillers’ Association. All three routes are scenic and hilly, traveling on the rural roads of Central Kentucky. For the most part, the roads are lightly traveled and stores or restaurants are generally available every 20 miles or so.

The terrain can be challenging. Although most of the routes are rural, some portions of some routes are on roads that have heavy traffic so cyclists should be comfortable in traffic as well. Choose a comfortable road saddle and make sure you ride without pain.  

3. Kentucky Horse Park

 

Known as the "Horse Capital of the World", the park is a home for nearly 50 breeds of horses graze upon its 1,200 acres of lush pastures.

Dedicated to man's relationship with the horse, the Kentucky Horse Park is unlike any other park in the world: a showcase of museums, galleries, theaters, and working farm exhibits. A campground offers 260 spacious sites with grocery store/gift shop, two bathhouses, tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts and a swimming pool. If you just took the Legacy Trail which will bring you here, it worth spending some time in this peaceful lovely place.

 

4.Frankfort

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This could be love at first sight, because this fifth-smallest state capital in the United States welcomes visitors with its southern warm hospitality.

As a warm up, you can take your bike and go to Buffalo Trace Distillery, the oldest continually operating distillery in the US, then to Rebecca Ruth Candy Tours & Museum. They give free chocolate and also free aroma therapy. Cool! I told you they are very hospitable.

Don’t get back home without seeing Cove Springs Park, a beautiful 240-acre nature preserve and park with, waterfalls, streams, springs, forests, ravines, and a number of historic features such as ruins of old stone dam and a crumbling limestone overflow tower.

 

5. Red River Gorge

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If you want to test your endurance and resilience and also to see the power of your resourcefulness, come ride in Red River Gorge.

The Red River Gorge MTB 100 is the first ever one hundred mountain bike race in Kentucky’s unforgettable Red River Gorge region.

You will see feel the meaning of “epic”, riding through Nada Tunnel, enter into the valley of the Red River Gorge where you will roll through towering cliffs and massive boulders formed seven million years ago, and see all-around the wonders of nature. What is good don’t comes easily and the journeys are who we are.

This is a experience about yourself.

 

6. Laurel River Lake

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After testing your endurance, you need some quiet reflection and relaxation.

The view of coves and cliff-lined shores around the 5,600 acres of clear, deep water can give you this feeling.

If you take the Lake Trail you won’t make any special effort, it’s known as a great “beginner trail” and much of it runs along Laurel River Lake.

 

7. Land Between the Lakes

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A huge playground in Western Kentucky and Tennessee!

Over 500 miles of trails and 200 miles of scenic roads lead to some of the most wonderful spots at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.

Native wildlife, plants and wildflowers thrive in our woods, fields, and lake shores. Our trail system is extensive, offering a variety of excursion possibilities.

Central Hardwoods Scenic Trail, family-friendly trail with smooth surfaces, gentle grades, and trailside rest areas.

The Fort Henry Trail System is located in the south end of Land Between the Lakes, and connects 9 trails totaling 26 miles. These trails follow the route of General Grant’s troop movements from Fort Henry to Fort Donelson during the Civil War.

The 5.47 miles of trails within the Hillman Ferry Campground woods are listed as a Heritage National Recreation Trail for hiking and biking only.

Hematite Trail is known for its high diversity of birds, reptiles, amphibians, and woodland wildflowers.

Long Creek Paved Trail is accessible for persons with disabilities.

 

8. Daniel Boone National Forest

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The restless mountain cyclists who seek recreational challenge on the rugged terrain in the Daniel Boone National Forest, should know that here is a great selection of other trails waiting for them.

The trails provide access to popular destinations such as campgrounds and picnic areas.

Mountain biking  trails are open year round.

You should expect to carry or walk your bike along some sections of trail, because they are narrow and sometimes steep.

For road cycling are more than 900 miles of road, many of which are gravel or dirt. You may ride your bike on any forest road unless it is specifically posted as closed to mountain bike use. Riding a forest road is a great way for the families to enjoy the time together.  

 

9. Slaughter Falls

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Located near Cumberland Falls in Daniel Boone National Forest, you can choose a trip here, if you need a peaceful quiet moment in the heart of the nature.

Dog Slaughter Falls Trail on London Ranger District runs parallel to Dog Slaughter Creek through dense stands of hemlock and rhododendron. Near the mouth of the creek, a 15-foot waterfall offers a scenic place to enjoy nature.

The trail meanders over and around massive boulders before it connects to Sheltowee National Recreation Trail.

10. Big South Fork National River and Recreational Area

The area shows miles of scenic gorges and sandstone bluffs, has natural and historic treasures and has been developed to provide visitors with a wide range of outdoor recreational activities. Mountain bike riding has become one of the more popular recreational activities enjoyed by visitors to Big South Fork.

Currently at Big South Fork there are several trails which have been designed, built and are maintained by the Big South Fork Mountain Bike Club. In addition to bike only trails, mountain bikes are allowed on highway edges, backcountry roads and some horse trails. This combination provides bikers of all skill levels with miles of trail options.

The National Park Service, as approved in it's General Management Plan has initiated a shared use of mountain bikes on the Grand Gap Loop hiking trail. The Grand Gap Loop Trail will be open to both hikers and cyclists everyday of the week.

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TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT IN MISSOURI BY BIKE

 

Hello again, guys, let’s move on to our next cycling destination: Missouri.

Our hope is that some of you will be inspired to get your bike in your car and travel in another state for something that really impressed you.

Today we will explore the home of Mark Twain, Walt Disney, Chuck Berry and Nelly, and the 21st most expensive state in US.

We’ll do our best to recommend not only the state highlights but even the ones accessible by bike but we are looking forward to any tips or photos you have from Missouri. 

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1. St Louis Gateway Arch

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The landmark of St. Louis without any doubt is Gateway Arch, a 630-foot (192 m) monument.

Take a ride around the arch on Eads Bridge, which has a bike and pedestrian lane that can get you over to Illinois and the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Museum, from the west, with the Gateway Arch behind it. Much of the Riverfront Trail passes through industrial areas just north of the Arch and watch the ships being loaded on the Mississippi River.

But, even if I am a 100% cycling passionate, I truly believe that your visit to the Gateway Arch is not complete without journeying to the top of the awe-inspiring, 630-foot tall Gateway Arch.

From the top of the tallest man-made monument in the United States and highest point in downtown St. Louis, you will experience unforgettable views of the city and the Mississippi River as well as five unique bridges and a historical train trestle connecting Illinois to Missouri.

 

2. Lake of the Ozarks

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This is a trip for everybody, any style, level or age.

Road Cyclists, mountain bikers, and recreational riders must bring their bikes. For mountain bikers I recommend the 16 miles of sweet single-track in the Lake of the Ozarks State Park, well-known for its beauty and solitude.

Casual riders can enjoy 9 miles of casual riding on a paved multi-use trail starting at the Village of Four Seasons City Hall, located 4 miles down Horseshoe Bend Parkway. The trail parallels Horseshoe Bend Parkway, Bittersweet and Cherokee.

 

3. Branson

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Branson has long been a popular destination for vacationers from Missouri and neighboring areas.

The problem for both residents and visitors is both residents and the congest to a complete standstill of the 76 Highway.

So, take your bike because you are also in one of the most beautiful sections of the Ozark Mountains when visiting Branson. If you don’t have one, you can rent it from Trek the Ozarks located right on the Strip.

As soon as you leave the city, you are faced with gorgeous rolling hills and wooded areas surrounding the city that are just waiting to be explored.

And if you are looking for places to explore, go to the Mark Twain National Forest and ride the Mecca, an 8-mile crushed stone trail for the advanced riders.

If you are a beginner choose to ride Reno Valley Road, just north of Branson, with its wide roads and sparse hills. There are also paved paths along Lake Taneycomo at North Beach Park that will allow to be delighted by the exquisite views near the water.

 

4. Forest Park

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Mix culture with an outdoor refresh!

Take an entire day for a relaxing break in the heart of St. Louis community.

The Forest Park is 500 acres larger than Central Park in New York and  the home to the region's major cultural institutions—the Zoo, Art Museum, History Museum, Science Center and the Muny Opera.

The monuments, historic buildings, wildlife, waterways and landscapes combine in unique way for all the tastes.

Don’t miss The Jewel Box, a greenhouse with magnificent art deco design. Within Park's Visitor Center Lot, you can find cycling guided tours or just rent a bike. The tours highlight the historical, cultural and architectural significance of the attractions and features of the park. Bikes, helmets and bottled water are also provided.

Locals says that you should enter the park from west or north to avoid Hampton Ave. traffic. You can take Skinker Blvd to Forsyth intersection and turn into park.

 

5. Wilson's Creek National Battlefield

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Sometimes is great to remember how we’ve become who we are and the perfect place is the historical park that preserves the site of the Battle of Wilson's Creek - fought on August 10, 1861 and also the first major American Civil War engagement west of the Mississippi River.

Major features include a 5-mile paved tour road accessible by bike, the restored 1852 Ray House, and "Bloody Hill," the scene of the major battle.

You can enter the battlefield by vehicle, bicycle, motorcycle, or on foot. The entrance fee goes from $7.00 to a maximum of $15.00 per vehicle.

 

6. Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum

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Ever thought that Mark Twain was a cyclist too?

If you have been in love with Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn’s adventures, you must come in the place where the author found the inspiration for many of his stories, including the white picket fence. You will see live the real setup of his stories.

There is also an essay called “Taming the Bicycle” as an account of his cycling experience.

The form of bicycle he rode long ago became antiquated, but in the humor of his pleasantry is a quality which does not grow old.

 

7. Spring Field

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The third-largest city in the state of Missouri, Springfield's nickname is "Queen City of the Ozarks" and it is known as the "Birthplace of Route 66", I was just saying.

It looks like Springfield is the place to buy a house if you want to bike everyday. 

In Springfield you can participate everyday for an entire month to special cycling events. Tandem rides, road riding, mountain biking, enduro, just see the calendar on sprinbike.org. Approximately 78 miles of streets are designated bike routes.

The longest urban segments are South Creek Trail from south of Battlefield Road to National Avenue and  Galloway Creek Trail from Pershing School to south of the James River with connection to the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. Then the Frisco Highline Trail is a 35-mile trail from Kearney Street in Springfield to Bolivar. Sac River Trails, a mountain bike park, is on Kansas Expressway north of I-44.

 

8. Katy Trail

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If you are in Missouri and don’t go to a ride on Katy trail, you are not a real cycling fan.

Come on! It is the popular 240 mile trail, 45 minutes away from Lake of the Ozarks, in Jefferson City.

The multi-use trail runs along the Missouri River through some of the most scenic views. The park also takes users through a slice of rural history as it meanders through the small towns that once thrived along the railroad corridor and reflect the rich heritage of Missouri.

For a great day trip go on this trail go to either Hartsburg or historic Rocheport.

Katy Trail is also part of the American Discovery Trail, has been designated as a Millennium Legacy Trail and was added to the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Hall of Fame in 2008. I think you are now convinced you have to take a ride!

 

9. Dogwood Canyon Nature Park 

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An astonishing natural beauty in the purest form!

The rugged landscape has been left untouched aiming to protect the canyon’s natural plant and wildlife environment. This means you have lots of outdoor attractions waiting for you.

I didn’t forget your are a biker, and that’s exactly why I choose the park. 

Trail biking is not only an enjoyable hobby but also a great form of exercise and no place is better suited for it than Dogwood Canyon. You can bring your own bike or single-speed, coaster-brake bikes are available in a variety of sizes (including kiddie carts) and provide a comfortable ride at your own pace. The path is paved and gently sloping, and is shared by walkers and trams. Bikes are rented on a first come, first served basis.

The prices are $15 for adults. and $10 for kids

 

10. Ha Ha Tonka Castle Ruins

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Construction of the Ha Ha Tonka castle was started by Robert McClure Snyder, Sr. in 1905, a Kansas City businessman who purchased the large property.

Alluding to the natural springs on the property, "ha ha tonka" was said to mean "smiling waters." The park is a combination of an interesting story and outstanding geologic features.

The park is a geologic wonderland with sinkholes, caves, a huge natural bridge, sheer bluffs and Missouri’s 12th largest spring. All the castle was built of imported Scottish stone masons to his dream home, a massive castle, European-style castle, with an incredible view overlooking the Lake of the Ozarks.

The ruins of a turn-of-the-century stone castle overlook the surrounding wonders and offer impressive views of the Lake of the Ozarks

If you plan to go in Missouri, you have some good options, depending on your interest. Either cultural, outdoor or just entertaining, I am looking forward to hear from time to time of you. We are always excited by new experiences and people’s fascinating stories. 

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TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT IN ARKANSAS BY BIKE

Here we are in Arkansas already! It’s a unique tapestry of mountains, plains and delta. So, whether you choose to spend your time enjoying contemporary cityscapes or outdoor recreation you will feel not having enough time for all that's worth seeing.

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1. Mount Magazine State Park

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Prepare your mountain bike, you’ll need it, because this is on the state's tallest mountain, the 2,753-foot Mount Magazine.

Sweeping vistas of broad river valleys, deep canyons, and distant mountains welcome outdoor enthusiasts to Arkansas's highest point.

For a mountain biking passionate, my recommendation is the Huckleberry Mountain Trail, a challenging 34-mile trek down the mountain and into the adjacent Ozark National Forest. One of the more challenging Arkansas mountain bike trails.

Tip: Camping is allowed on the portions of trail that are located on national forest lands for anyone interesting in multi-day Arkansas mountain biking trips.

Too demanding for your taste? Take a more relaxing trail, because Mount Magazine State Park has several miles of bike lanes around the top of the mountain, for those wanting to get off the Arkansas mountain bike trails.

Riders can go from the lodge, out on the beautiful Cameron Bluff Drive and over to the park visitor center. Prime Arkansas sightseeing, nice rolling hills all along the way and refreshing mountain breezes make this ride a joy for all levels of cyclists.

Bikes are available to rent at the lodge. And be prepared: ware a helmet! 

 

2. Whitaker Point  

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Never been to Niagara? What about some enchanting smaller waterfalls in the middle  of the astonishing natural beauty?

Here we have what is called a 100% pleasure trip of 2.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Deer, Arkansas that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate.

If you will come here in the spring and fall rainy season you can discover a number of waterfalls. The trail's destination is the "Crag" which is truly breathtaking, a rock formation that juts out from the bluff's face that looks like a hawk's beak.

If your dog is used to ride near your, you will need to walk because it’s only allowed with leash.

The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

 

3. Pinnacle Mountain

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Experience the diversity of natural habitat, from high upland peaks to bottomlands along the Big Maumelle River and Little Maumelle River.

You need your mountain bike here!

The state park's dominant natural feature is Pinnacle Mountain, which rises more than a thousand feet above the Arkansas River Valley. You can choose from 0.70-mile Rabbit Ridge Mountain Bike Trail or the 6.5-mile Jackfork Mountain Bike Trail. 

Rabbit Ridge Mountain Bike Trail is a true mountain biking experience, but it can be access also by novice riders who want to improve their skills before attempting longer, more technical trails. Bottom line is an easy mountain biking trail of 0.70 mile.

If you are a bit more to a pro, choose Jackfork Mountain Bike Trail, a 6.5 mile intermediate/advanced trail designed for experienced mountain bikers. Here  you have to deal with rocks, roots and elevation changes that give riders a true mountain biking experience.

 

4. Thorncrown Chapel

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 Past or future? Modern or natural roots? Emotions or pure reason?

This are the mixed feelings you’ll have visiting the futuristic sylvan church a glass enclosed marvel of modern architecture.

The church, nestled in a woodland setting, rises forty-eight feet into the Ozark sky.

A magnificent wooden structure contains 425 windows and over 6,000 square feet of glass. It sits atop over 100 tons of native stone and colored flagstone, making it blend perfectly with its setting. The chapel's simple design and majestic beauty combine to make it what critics have called "one of the finest religious spaces of modern times”.

 

5. The Railyard Bike Park

 

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The candy shop of all passionate bikers: a slope style bicycle course!

If you have the biking hobby the first on your list in 2017 should be visiting The Railyard Bike Park in downtown Rogers. It’s the newest off-road offering for Northwest Arkansas, an excellent cycling destination, combining a variety of different runs to accommodate a variety of skill levels.

The park is designed to accommodate riders of all different skill-levels, beginner to expert, and different types of bicycles, striders to full suspension bikes to dirt jumpers to BMX.

If the whether is good you can come here daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. You will find here a pavilion, restrooms, water fountains, bike wash station, observation decks, dog park, and a large parking

 

6. The Old Mill Park

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What you see is what it really is? Not this time!

The large gnarled bridges, the water wheel, railings, floor planks, scattered branches and logs, even the mill’s rope and pulley appear to be made out of petrified wood, stone or steel, but there are all in fact sculpted in cement. This striking structure appears in the opening scene of the classic 1939 film Gone with the Wind and is believed to be the only building remaining from the film.

The park is charming and fairytalish as well, decorated with sculptures of toadstools, tree stumps, and a tree branch-entwined bridge that connects the mill to the rest of the park. You need to make this trip in the beauty of artists’ imagination!

 

7. Petit Jean State Park

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This is one of Arkansas iconic places, natural and historic, located atop Petit Jean Mountain.

If you come here, follow the signs to Petit Jean’s gravesite, a tribute to the legendary young girl after whom the mountain is named.

Continue riding to the elegantly rustic Mather Lodge for lunch.

From the Lodge you can go to Cedar Falls, one of the natural wonders of this park.

Walk your bike down the boardwalk for stunning views of the 95-foot Cedar Falls. Caves, canyons, bluffs, a natural bridge, distinctive rock formations like carpet rocks and turtle rocks, and the Seven Hollows add make this place memorable.

 

8. Lake Ouachita

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A favorite for both mountain bikers and distance runners alike, the trail covers 40 plus miles of shoreline and ridge top tiding.

Start at either end or one of several trailheads in the middle which have climbs to the top of Hickory Nut Mountain and you can watch breathtaking views of Lake Ouachita and the Ouachita Mountains.

The eastern section is dominated by a long ridge ride with more beautiful views. The western end is lower lands with rolling hills between Joplin and Denby.

The nearby towns of Mount Ida to the west and Hot Springs to the east, offer you various campgrounds and resort if you decided to stay overnight.

 

9. BufFalo River

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Upper Buffalo Mountain Bike Trail is an epic trail offering stunning scenery past steep cliffs, turquoise waterfalls, abundant wildlife and old-growth hardwood forests.

The trails is a 40 miles of singletrack surrounding the highest point in the Ozark Mountains, and is considered to be the gem of a Midwest. Featuring some of the best experiences available, the ride laces through the headwaters of the Buffalo National River on a mixture of narrow, hand-built singletrack and machine-cut flow trails. Depending on your route, you may be required to carry your bike through multiple water crossings.

 

10. Eureka Springs

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Our 10th place is a  popular tourist destination for its unique character as a Victorian resort village.

You will be charmed by the historic commercial downtown of the city that has an extensive streetscape of well-preserved Victorian buildings. The steep winding streets around the hills rise and fall with the topography in a five-mile long loop. Some buildings have street-level entrances on more than one floor.

For your outdoor adventure outdoor adventure try out some of the mountain bike trails at Leatherwood Park or let the hills in town challenge you.

Let’s not forget that here is The Eureka Springs Fat Tire Festival, a three-day celebration of mountain biking in the historic town of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, known as the "Little Switzerland of the Ozarks" for the steep hills and winding roads of this Northwestern Arkansas community.

Don’t end your trip without visiting Castle Rogue's Manor, built on a 100-foot limestone bluff overlooking the town of Beaver, affording a 360-degree view of the surrounding Ozark scenery. You have to make a reservation first if you want a private guided tour.

Dears, if you decided to visit Arkansas, you will surely need your mountain bike, first of all!

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TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT IN LOUISIANA BY BIKE

Sounds so French? Yes, indeed! Being declared a French territory colony by Louis XIV the king of France, the land crossed by Mississippi river became in translation “The country of Louis”.

But let’s see together what surprises reserves for us an adventurous cycling trip to the state strongly influenced by a mixture of 18th-century French, Spanish, Native American, Asian and African cultures.

But, you know, you must be prepared for more than a culture trip, we will spend much of our time cycling and we will discover the best cycling places here.

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1. Baton Rouge

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Welcome to the capital of Louisiana! Ready? Of the roughly 2,655 miles of streets in Baton Rouge, there are 27.6 miles of bike lanes, according to the city-parish planning commission.

Get on the longest bike path exists on Goodwood Blvd. from South Flannery Rd. to Lobdell Ave, but if you want to cross over to Government Street, think again. There's no bike path to make the connection.

According to the map, the longest shared-use path exists along River Road from BREC's Farr Park Equestrian Center, north to Laurel Street in downtown Baton Rouge. If you take a turn on Gourrier Ave., it'll connect you to another shared-use path on Nicholson Drive, then either north to Tiger Stadium or as far south at Brightside Drive, which also turns into Lee Drove.

 

2. Mississippi River

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One of the greatest rivers in the whole world, offers great views and very good bike trails to explore.

The Mississippi River Trail is a system of disconnected, paved trails on the levees along both banks of the Mississippi River in southern Louisiana.

Start your trip from Audubon Park in New Orleans to the Bonnet Carré Spillway in St. Charles Parish, the most popular segment for locals and visitors also. This marvelous trail along the entire length of the Mississippi River covers approximately 3,000 miles from Louisiana to Minnesota.

I definitely recommend to use a Comfortable Road Bike Saddle, because this could be an unforgettable ride!

 

3. Horace Wilkinson Bridge

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Louisiana is the land of massive continuous steel truss bridges. Of the large truss bridges over the lower Mississippi, Horace Wilkinson Bridge is the biggest of the big and the most impressive. Six lanes of traffic cross the bridge, which is named after three separate men named Horace Wilkinson who served in the Louisiana legislature. Ride over the New Bridge and admire the tumultuous river embracing the view.

4. Houma

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Originally the region was settled by French and Spanish colonists who made their way south through Bayou Lafourche, and then later it was settled by Acadians (Cajuns).

If you want to visit the swampland of Louisiana, this is the place!

You will be amazed by the Annie Miller's Son's Swamp and Marsh Tours, but this means to leave your bike for at few hours. When you are back on the road, you must go to Crescent Park which is a 1.4 mile, 20 acre urban linear park that connects the community and visitors with the riverfront. This unparalleled public space provides breathtaking views of New Orleans, native landscaping, bike paths, a dog run and multi-use pavilions for all to enjoy.

Try also The Lafitte Greenway trail a 2.6-mile bicycle and pedestrian trail and green corridor connecting neighborhoods from Armstrong Park to City Park. The Lafitte Greenway transforms one of the city's most historic transportation corridors into a multi-use transportation corridor and linear park.

The City of New Orleans broke ground on the $9.1 million project in March of 2014, and opened the Greenway in November of 2015.

5. Black Bayou Lake

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Take your bike and walk on the wild side!

The Black Bayou Lake covers more than 1,600 acres and is a home to many different plants and animals that can be observed in their natural habitats including bald eagles and alligators.

You can use the longest rail which is Edgewater (7 miles) and say YES to the intense experience.

Be careful, you will meet deer, bobcats, rabbits, coyotes, and squirrels.

 

6. Avery Island

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Spice up your trip and visit the Tabasco Factory, the home of the world’s most popular hot pepper!

Don’t miss for nothing in the world, the Jungle Gardens a 170-acre semitropical garden that stretches along Bayou Petite Anse on Avery Island.

It is wonderful for biking with the whole family, especially the kids will be delighted too see all the animals, birds and flowers here.

 

7. Kisatchie National Forest

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Get lost in the woods!

With more than 600,000 acres, the forest shows a marvelous wildlife in its purest form.

You can choose the mountain biking or the road cycling, because here you have them both.

There are numerous trails throughout the Forest that are marked as multi-use trails. Distances vary from 1/2 mile to nearly 30 miles, most traverse across rolling hill terrain with many scenic areas scattered throughout. Yo

You can also ride from the East Boat Launch on the Lakeshore Trail, a moderately difficult hiking biking trail that meanders near and away from the shoreline of Kincaid Lake.

 

8. New Orleans The French Quarter

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Eclectic, intimate and unique, New Orleans’ oldest neighborhood has exerted its magic over writers and artists since forever.

Take you bike and go for a bourgeois ride in French Quarter where the architecture blends Spanish, French, Creole and American styles together in an idyllic, enchanting setting.

You can have very insightful breaks to some of the most important cultural objectives, such as St. Louis Cathedral, considered to be one of the oldest continuously running Cathedrals in the United States and certainly tops the list of things to do in the French Quarter.

Can’t stay in just one place?

Have a drink in the Carousel Bar and Lounge the only revolving bar in New Orleans that has been spinning visitors and locals for 65 years. Are you a jazz lover? Preservation Hall is the place for “all that jazz” in New Orleans!

 

9. Atchafalaya Basin

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If you are adventurous and open spaces lover you won’t mind a bit of a rough ride and you will take your mountain bike for a long stretch through the peaceful beauty of the Basin.

This trail offers all of the riding experience without the threat of getting lost.

If things get too rocky, too muddy, too hot, there is always the option to drop down to the paved road and turn around. You have 55 miles of greenness of the swamp’s and tree line sets the backdrop for the ride.

What we recommend: be well prepared for the trip!

Bring water, food, sunscreen, bike-repair equipment (spare tubing, pump, etc) and for the night a headlamp of at least 250 lumens.

Make it a ride for two with your best friend, because the sounds of the wildness in the night is a bit…profound. It worth every mile!

Maybe you will need the smart bike equipment for this demanding trip! 

 

10. Audubon Park

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There is no better place in New Orleans for recreational fun and relaxation!

People travel from near and far to marvel at and enjoy the ever-beautiful oak trees, lagoons, and expansive green space.

This is a beautiful trip to one of the most beautiful places in the whole in Louisiana!

I will be more than glad to hear about your experience, if you already visited the places here.

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TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT IN FLORIDA BY BIKE

Never been in Florida before? You don’t know what you’re missing! Make your passion famous and visit the “land of flowers”, the name given to Florida by the explorer Juan Ponce when Europeans made the first contact in 1513.

You’re definitely in a very good company here and this charming place continues up to these days to attract celebrities, athletes, being internationally known for golf, tennis, auto racing and water sports. And…cycling, of course!

Kinnan Rawlings, Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams found it really inspirational and you will see for yourself that they were right!

1. Orlando

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Orlando is also known as "The Theme Park Capital of the World" and in 2014 its tourist attractions and events drew more than 62 million visitors.

From the classic Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort, there's a world for everyone to escape into! Experience a wonderland of ocean animals at SeaWorld Orlando. 

Discover the fun for the whole family at Legoland Florida, one of Orlando's newest theme parks.

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  1. Baldwin Park, 2. Cady Way Trail, 3. Lake Nona, 4. Lake Underhill Path, 5. Little Econ Greenway, 6. Maitland Bike Route, 7. Orlando Urban Trail, 8. Shingle Creek Trail, 9.Walt Disney World, 10. West Orange Trail

 

2. Miami

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Every cyclist loves Miami! In 2010, Miami was ranked as the 44th-most bike-friendly city in the US and every month, the city hosts "Bike Miami", where major streets in Downtown and Brickell are closed to automobiles, but left open for pedestrians and bicyclists. Carefully, please, because you can easily come across some celebrities too!

First, you have to choose the cycling accessories, comfortable, efficient …and “IN”!

Don’t miss Virginia Key Mountain-Bike Trails, open from Sunrise to Sunset, 7 days a week, probably the best park down here with regards to variety, and the perfect combination between a relaxing – challenging trail.

If you are more into a challenging ride, then choose Oleta State Park, which is the most technical mountain-bike trail in South Florida. But, the trails are fairly easy to identify, so beginners can stick to their trails, and advanced riders who want some challenge can find their trails.

Watch out: Alligators! Yes, this is Shark Valley!

There are alligators everywhere, and as the day gets warmer, the alligators end up on the walkway or bike path. We suppose, somehow the paths are designed not to expose you to the fierce reptiles.

If you just decided to just run away, don’t forget can easily rent a new bike from here, then come back later to save your bike. We’re just kidding!

 

3. Tampa

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Tampa was ranked as the 5th best outdoor city by Forbes in 2008 and also ranks as the fifth most popular American city, based on where people want to live, according to a 2009 Pew Research Center study.

Where to start your trip here?

In Flatwoods Park you can find loop road that gives bicyclists a woods experience.

Off-road cyclists can enjoy the Wilderness Park Off Road Trails System.

But, if you are in the mood for a cinematographic experience, you have to take a ride on Ballast Point Park or Bayshore Boulevard (7,2 km) and be prepared to stop from time to time to really enjoy the shore’s pictorial view.

 

4. Florida Keys

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What do you say about a ride within a tropical scenery of an uninterrupted  106-mile-long cycling trail? In Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail …it’s almost possible. Now there are 80 or 90 miles of that trail completed, with new sections opening every year.

Don’t come alone, because this is a ride you’ll want to share: 37 endless bridges over the blue water embraced by the shore wind and surrounded by everywhere beauty.

It’s more than worthwhile! Make a lifetime escape with your best friend If you two are well-prepared cyclists, you will make it in two days, but count on at least three days for the rest of us, not in such a perfect shape as you are. 

 

5. St. George Island

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What to do here? Beach it, bike it!

The island is known for being quiet and tranquil due to its small size, and if you love to discover wild solitary beaches, you are in the perfect place.

The island has 17 miles of paved bike paths and lots of off-roads for exploring. You can ride a bike from one side of the island! If you come here, don’t miss Cape St. George Light, a historic treasure on Florida's forgotten coast.

 

6. Sanibel Island 

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Escape the city, embrace the wildlife’s savor!

Due to easy causeway access, Sanibel is a popular tourist destination known for its shell beaches and wildlife refuges. More than half of the island is made up of wildlife refuges, the largest being J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge for the birds lovers.

With 25 miles of high-quality paved trails, few places make biking as carefree as this. Then there’s Sanibel Island, a designated Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists, with its more than 25 miles of easily accessible bike paths that stretch and thread through subtropical hammocks, preserved wetlands and along main thoroughfares like Periwinkle Way and more.

You don’t have to own a bike, because here you will find it very easy to rent one. I know you are a passionate cyclist, but you will more enjoy the trip if you will decide to rent a kayak and collect the marvelous seashells found here.

Before you get back to your bicycle ride, take some whole wheat granola or whole wheat blueberry pancakes at the Lighthouse Café.

 

7. Fort Meyers Beach

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Covered with sugar-sand, Fort Myers Beach is a popular destination for visitors eager to engage in water sports such as parasailing and kayaking – or just as eager to simply relax on the inviting beach.

If you decided to mix between beach days and your hobby, you will feel more than awarded by the breezy rides at sunset.

And that’s not all by far!

Mountain bikers in search of tougher trails should check out the Caloosahatchee Regional Park. Made up of pine flatwoods, and oak hammocks, this landscape is far from a walk in the park, but with more than 20 miles of hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails, it’s an exhilarating way to experience the area and its wildlife.

 

 

8. St Petersburg

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Enjoy 38 miles of continuous biking within the Pinellas Trail, a major highlight of St. Petersburg.

And…don’t miss the perfect landscape of Beach Walk in Clearwater Beach that invites you to pedal along and see for yourself why it was named No. 1 in the U.S. on TripAdvisor's list of Top Beaches for 2016 and No. 4 in 2017.

In parks like Fort De Soto, over area bridges or through downtown St. Pete, you will be more than happy that you have your bike with you, because there is lot to see. Ah, though, park your bicycle for few hours and visit Dali Museum and Chihuly Collection.

It worth it!

 

9. St. Augustine 

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An eclectic place, with so many impressive influences, given by the fact that it is the oldest continuously occupied European-established settlement. The city offers many options for the passionate cyclists. For example, The Stokes Landing Conservation Area  which has trails accessible to cyclists on the 274-acre parcel of land.

Moses Creek Conservation Area has bicycle trails in an undeveloped tidal creek region on the Matanzas River. Here, you will admire species of the wildlife such as snow egrets, gopher tortoises and great blue herons. Dirt trails are canopied by grand live oaks that lead to sandy bluffs looking over Moses Creek. Several separate trails are designated by colors of white, yellow and red, leading to campsites, observations points and picnic areas.

Then, you can take your bike and ride to Anastasia State Park, a historic region, on the other side of the Intracoastal Waterway, not far from Castillo de San Marcos National Monument.

The 1600 – acre park will captivate you after you cross the Bridge of Lions over the water and enter the ancient sand dunes on the way to the beaches. 

For a more longer and challenging trip, choose Mala Compra Plantation Greenway Trail (5.5 miles), recommended for mountain bikes and a pretty good shape, because it has some more difficult sections.

Not to miss: Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine Light, Flagler College, Lightner Museum, statue near the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, Old St. Johns County Jail.

 

10. We usually try to do ten recommendations but for Florida we'll ask you to recommend us the tenth. If you are a bike rider or been to Florida with your bike, what was your favorite thing to do?

Do you have a photo/video/tips&tricks? 

Send us your experiences at happytohelp@bikeroo.net and you can win:

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TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT IN ALABAMA BY BIKE

We are now in Alabama, home of Jesse Owens and George C. Marshall Space Flight Center, and also a state with great biking opportunities. 

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So, hit play on that “Sweet Home Alabama” tune and let’s go. 

  1. Battles Wharf, Fairhope

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One of the loveliest coast views in Alabama, Battles Wharf is very bike-friendly and it’s one of a day biking trip’s high points around Fairhope. The movie sunsets make it a perfect spot for a romantic biking date:).

  1. Cheaha State Park

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Get your MTB equipped with the Bikeroo MTB Saddle and prepare for one of the best biking experiences in the heart of the Talladega National Forest.

If you’re looking for a bit of thrill, we highly encourage you to take the Cheaha Express Mountain Bike Trail, you’ll be in for some spectacular views.

There’s a small fee (maximum $5) to enter Cheaha State Park, and there are many camping options and facilities if you plan to spend the night.

  1. Chewacla Falls

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Chewacla State Park is a great place for mountain biking, just outside Auburn. It has numerous short and long bike trails that bring you across one of the most well-known state parks in Alabama. And, yes, there are some very nice waterfalls that will definitely help you cool off on those hot Alabama summer days.

Pro tip: if you want to get together with some local bikers that can show you around, check out the Central Alabama Mountain Pedalers – they know all the sweet spots and even got their own hand-built wooden structures in the park!

  1. Mobile Downtown

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We could tell you to prepare for a full day of biking around to the wonderful museums, cafés, and art venues in downtown Mobile, but we would be lying. You need at least three days to experience what it’s all about, and there aren’t any guarantees that you won’t be returning to spend a week there so you can also enjoy the water sports and the cruises. If you’re a party animal and you happen to be around for Mardi Gras or one of the many music festivals, you’ll probably consider moving there.

  1. Gulf Shores

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A day at the beach is always a good day. A biking day at the white-sand beaches of the Gulf Shores is a perfect day. Be sure to take your sunglasses, your sunscreen, and your Bikeroo Cruiser Bike Saddle, and spend the most relaxing day ever on some of the best beaches in the USA. Oh – and the seafood is ah-may-zing.

Trivia: the white sand is almost entirely made of quartz. That’s right, the crystal. Naturally washed down all the way from the Appalachian Mountains since the dawn of mankind. Nature is awesome.

  1. Lake Martin

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Lake Martin is a huge man made reservoir that has become one of the favorite family weekend spots and a place for luxury estates. Hundreds of miles of wooded shoreline, wild islands and countless relaxing and sports facilities make it a good destination for bike lovers.

  1. Samford Hall

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Because going for a bike ride around Auburn University Campus isn’t just for students. Besides the nice park and the general feel-good vibe – I mean, students are students – the historical building of Samford Hall looks a bit like Charles Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters a.k.a. the X-Mansion, so that’s definitely a place to visit.

Local tip: if you’re a student and you don’t have a bike, you can rent one on site for a price of $5/hour or $25/day (the first 2 hours/day are free) with the War Eagle Bike Share program. Agreed, awesome name.

 

  1. USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park

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It’s a BATTLESHIP! And you can BIKE ALL THE WAY TO IT!

Among a myriad of visiting choices in Mobile that we told you about earlier, there’s a special place for the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park.

We won’t sugarcoat it: get ready to have your mind blown on a full day of stepping into history on one of the most renowned US battleships in history that has earned nine battle stars for its service in World War II.

The Memorial Park also includes tours around USS Drum, Aircraft Pavilion, Tanks & Artillery, and many more.

  1. Alabama’s Natural Bridge

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Alabama’s Natural Bridge is one of the state’s most iconic places. It’s about 200 million years old, give or take a birthday. T

here are lots of ways to bike to, from, and around it, and lots of accommodation & meal options, you really shouldn’t miss the opportunity of visiting the spot. Before you ask, no, you can’t cross it – too old, too frail, too dangerous.

Just walk around, take it all in, pictures, selfies, the whole thing. Bonus points if you find the carved Indian Head nearby for another selfie.

  1. Montgomery County

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To be fair, almost the entire state of Alabama qualifies for a great biking experience, so it has not been an easy task to choose just 10 places.

We left the friendly county stroll for last, Montgomery is our choice for today: hundreds of miles in dozens of scenic routes for biking with friends and family through mellow landscapes.

Do you have any tips and tricks when it comes to pit stops for eating and drinking or other places to bike in Alabama? Share with us your travel experiences and help other bikers discover the best out of this beautiful state. 

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