Salem Backroads Century

        The Salem Backroads Century is 100 miles, starting from the Athens State University Library parking lot on the North side of Pryor Street in Athens. Traveling along quiet and isolated country back roads, the ride includes a few miles on rough pavement (mostly on Puncheon Branch Road). The route is mostly rolling with a few short steep hills.

Thanks to Jeannie Mackay for mapping this route out, she has several more Huntsville area rides on her website.

Salem backroads century map
        The total elevation gain is 2,400', starting at 710' with a maximum elevation of 1,120'.

Cue Sheet

Route map

Salem Backroads route elevation profile
        Directions to start:

This ride begins and ends at the Athens State University Library at 407 East Pryor Street in Athens, Alabama. From Huntsville, take Highway 72 West to Athens (about 15 miles from Huntsville). Turn right on South Clinton Street and travel North about a mile, turn right on Pryor Street. The library is about 0.2 mile on the left, parking just past the library.

Google Maps driving directions to Athens State University Library.

Directions to Athens State University Library