The Hytop Loop travels 67 miles over some of the most beautiful and unusual roads in the area. The route is almost continuously up-and-down, mostly gently rolling but it includes several hills and one long climb. Warning: the rest stop at mile 31 may be closed, leaving only one rest stop at mile 48. Directions to start:   The Paint Rock Valley High School is located about 45 minutes from Huntsville in the small town of Princeton. From Huntsville take I-565 east to US-72...

Travel East on US-72 15.4 miles to AL-65 (two miles past Gurley, just as US-72 curves to the right) and turn Left. Travel North on AL-65 14.5 miles to Princeton.

In Princeton, as the road curves sharply to the right just past the Post Office, turn Left on AL-3 (no sign). Turn Left into the high school parking lot 250 feet later.

 Turn Leg  Description Mile
3.1  East on AL-65 x
0.6  on AL-146 at "T" x
5.7  1,040' in 2.7 miles, 7% avg grade x
21.8  on AL-79 / TN-16 x
Rest Stop -  at Keith Springs Market on left
 next rest stop in 17 miles
S 0.8  continue North on TN-16 x
2.4  750' in 1.5 miles, 10% avg grade
 Watch for potholes!
0.9  on Farris Chapel Road x
0.9  on Farris Lane
 (watch - hidden road sign)
0.1  on Roggli Road at "T" x
0.5  on Shockley Road x
0.6  on Crawford Lane at "T" x
 Turn Leg  Description Mile
5.5  on Buncombe Road (1st left) x
1.0  on Hickory Grove Road
 (watch - easy to miss)
2.9  at "T" to stay on Hickory Grove Rd x
1.1  on Beans Creek Road /
 Alabama Street
0.4  onto Main Street heading North x
Rest Stop -  at convenience store on left
 finish in 19 miles
0.6  return South on Main Street x
0.7  on Gore Street (street sign at right) x
0.7  on TN-97 at "T" x
13.8  to stay on TN-97 / AL-65 x
3.1  to stay on AL-65 x
250'  on CR-3 (no sign, turn as AL-65
 curves to the left in Princeton)
-  at Paint Rock Valley High School x

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