The Guntersville Dam - Cottonville 55 Loop includes one mountain and a few hills but is mostly a flat to rolling. There's an option to visit the Guntersville Dam (which includes a picnic area) that adds 5.5 miles, turn right on the Guntersville Dam Road at mile 23.6 for an out-and-back to the dam. Directions to start at the Publix grocery store at Hampton Cove. Park at the northwest corner of the parking lot, in front of Rite Aid.

If traveling over Monte Sano on US-431 (east on Governors Drive): go 4.8 miles after passing Monte Sano Boulevard and turn Left at Old 431/Sutton Road. Publix is on the right.

If traveling over Cecil Ashburn Drive: continue straight on Sutton Road for 0.7 miles and continue straight across US-431. Publix is on the right.

 Turn Leg  Description Mile
R 0.2  East on Old 431 Shoulder x
R 1.5  onto the Big Cove Creek
heading South
R 2.0  onto the Flint River Greenway
 (over bridge, watch for raised edge)
R 2.4  on Old Highway 431 x
3.7  across US-431 to stay on
 Old Highway 431
SR 1.3  on Hill Road x
LR 4.1  at Hobbs Island Road onto
 Oak Grove Road
L 0.8  to stay on Oak Grove Road x
S 0.9  to stay on Oak Grove Road x
R 0.7  on Johnson Avenue x
R 3.5  on Main Drive / New Hope Hwy x
L 0.2  on US-431 at "T" x
R 0.7  on Merrill Mountain Road x
L 1.7  on Walker Road x
L 0.9  on Guntersville Dam Road at "T"
 (Option to Guntersville Dam right)
R 1.8  on New Hope Highway South
 after crossing US-431
L 0.2  on US-431 at "T" x
Rest Stop -  at convenience store on left
 next rest stop in 13 miles
 Turn Leg  Description Mile
S 1.1  continue East on US-431 x
L 0.5  on Cottonville Road x
Begin Climb 3.1  340' in one mile, 7% avg grade
 Natural bridge near base
R 0.7  on Whitaker Road x
R 0.8  on Simpson Point Road at "T" x
LL 6.9  onto Butler Mill Road
 (begin descent)
Rest Stop -  at store on left
 finish in 15 miles
2.5  continue West on Butler Mill Road x
1.1  on New Hope Cedar Point Road
 at "T"
7.5  on Cherry Tree Road x
0.5  on Old Highway 431 at "T" x
L 2.0  at parking lot onto the
 Flint River Greenway
L 1.5  at stop sign onto the
 Big Cove Creek Greenway
L 0.1  on Wade Road x
R 0.1  on Cazadores Access Road
 (second right)
RR 0.1  on US-431 shoulder into the
 Publix Parking Lot

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