The Union Hill Short Loop is 48 miles, just south of the Tennessee River. The route is mostly flat-to-rolling with one medium climb and one long climb. It travels on good pavement thru beautiful quiet farmland with a rest stop at 29 miles.
Directions to start:
This ride begins and ends at the Cotaco Florette Road intersection with AL-36, south of the Tennessee River. Travel South from Huntsville on HWY-231 (Memorial Parkway) across the Tennessee River. Three miles after the bridge turn Right on AL-36 at the flashing yellow light. Travel 8.3 miles to the intersection with Cotaco Florette Road.
You'll pass the Cotaco fire station on the left before reaching the intersection. There's a convenience store with parking on both sides of the road, and the Cotaco School is located just to the west.