The Shady Paint Rock 70 route is mostly out-and-back along the Paint Rock river, flat to rolling with a few long hills.

The second rest stop is water only, from a well pump at the Paint Rock Valley Lodge; it's private but the owner is cyclist friendly. This route can be shortened to 53 miles by skipping the 17-mile Estill Fork out-and-back.

Directions to start:   The Paint Rock Valley Health Center is located about 35 minutes from Huntsville in the small town of Trenton. 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 7.2 miles to Trenton.

Entering Trenton, as the road curves to the left and uphill, turn Right on CR-106 (no sign). Turn Right into the clinic's gravel parking lot 50 feet after the turn, across the street from the Post Office.

 Turn Leg  Description Mile
50'  West on CR-106 0.0
10.0  on AL-65 0.0
5.0  on CR-27  [Larkin Fork Creek] x
9.3  on AL-65 / TN-97 at "T" x
1.0  to stay on TN-97 x
0.6  at "T" to stay on TN-97 x
0.4  onto Main Street heading North x
Rest Stop -  at convenience store on left
 next rest stop in 20 miles
0.6  Return South on Main Street x
0.7  on Gore Street (sign is on right) x
0.7  on TN-97 at "T" x
13.9  to stay on TN-97 / AL-65 x
4.0  on CR-9  [Estill Fork Creek] x
0.4  to stay on CR-9 x
 Turn Leg  Description Mile
Rest Stop -  at Paint Rock Valley Lodge
 (water only, from the well pump
 located to the right of main building)
 19 miles to next stop
0.1  Return West on CR-9 x
4.0  on CR-140 x
0.1  to stay on CR-140 x
4.4  on CR-175 after creek x
3.9  on CR-9 x
0.1  on AL-146 at "T" x
6.1  on AL-65 x
Rest Stop -  at convenience store on left
 finish in 4 miles
4.3  Continue South on AL-65 x
50'  on CR-106
 Finish at the clinic in Trenton

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