This hilly 73 mile route travels up to the scenic quiet roads around Lynchburg, Tennessee, home to the Jack Daniels Distillery.
The 47 mile Lincoln Hills route covers many of the same roads. This route can be shortened to 60 miles by omitting the northern loop to Lynchburg. The Crystal Ridge Metric and Paint Rock Valley Loop also cover some of these roads.
The ride begins with rolling farm country, then passes through Flintville on mostly flat roads. After a nice descent the route gradually ascends to Lois, pitching up toward the end, then winds its way around to Lynchburg.
There are several restaurants in Lynchburg's picturesque downtown square worth trying, the BBQ Caboose and the Cafe/Bakery are both very good; prices run high, it's a tourist area. Public restrooms with running water are located behind the BBQ restaurant at the ballfields, follow the painted sidewalk. There's a convenience store 1.5 miles after Lynchburg.
Four miles after Lynchburg the road climbs back up to Lois, then gradually descends several miles before climbing again at Lexie Crossroads. The next five miles includes one noticeable climb, then the road turns south and relatively flat though open cotton fields before reaching Elora. The route finishes with a few small hills on quiet backroads.
If you don't have lunch in Lynchburg the New Market BBQ is a great place to eat after the ride.
|The total elevation gain for this ride is 2,250', starting at 750' with a maximum elevation of 1,130'. The 47 mile Lincoln Hills route gains about half that.|
Directions to start:
This ride starts at the New Market elementary school (Google Maps location), just off Winchester Road at old downtown New Market. Arriving from the south on Winchester Road, turn right onto New Market Road. There's a flashing yellow light and an old red building with a green roof at the intersection.