Dam Grant Options Ride

        The Dam Grant Options Ride is 65 miles and starts at the Cove Park ballfields near Hampton Cove. The route includes one mountain and a few hills but is mostly flat to rolling. Off the route there are three optional climbs, each adding two or three miles. There's also an option to visit the Guntersville Dam (which includes a picnic area) that adds six miles.


A similar route that doesn't climb Grant is the Road to Nowhere. A route that explores more of the backroads on top of Grant is the Chestnut Grove - Grant Metric. The Damned Grant ride is a Halloween version of this route.

Route Details:

Most of the roads are lightly traveled with good pavement but there's a 2-mile section of rough pavement on New Hope Highway South. The route includes two short sections on Highway 431, a high-speed 4-lane highway, but there's usually light traffic; there's a wide shoulder but it's rough.

The one non-optional climb is Cottonville Road which has a 7% average grade with a couple of steep switchbacks near the base. The descent on Babe Wright is possibly the fastest in the area, but watch out for gravel in the gentle bends at the top. It finishes with a straight drop on great pavement.

Dam Grant  map
        The ride's three optional up-and-back climbs: There are some nice views of the Tennessee river and Guntersville dam off Merrill Mountain if you continue straight for a couple of miles after the summit; if you only plan to do one optional climb make it that one.

The total elevation gain is 1,860', starting at 580' with a maximum elevation of 1,250'.

Dam Grant Options ride elevation profile
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        Directions to start:

The Cove Park ballfields near Hampton Cove:

If traveling over Monte Sano on Highway 431 (east on Governors Drive): go 4.8 miles after passing Monte Sano Boulevard and turn Left at Old 431/Sutton Road. Travel 1.6 miles and turn right onto Old 431. The ballfields are on the right.

If traveling over Cecil Ashburn Drive: continue straight on Sutton Road for 0.7 miles and go straight across Highway 431. From the intersection go 1.6 miles and turn right onto Old 431. The ballfields are on the right.

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