Cycling is a wonderful way to see and explore the unique places, towns, hills and hollows of The Kentucky Wildlands. Mountain bike through the majestic Daniel Boone National Forest, traverse the breathtaking Appalachian mountaintops on challenging scenic trails or cut through more than 300 miles of still untamed backcountry. Ride alongside cascading rivers and across state resort parks, rev up a dirt bike and shred in a rugged motocross park, or cruise down beautiful winding backroads on a motorcycle as part of the unforgettable riding experiences in The Kentucky Wildlands.
Enjoy more than 600 miles of connected trail systems running throughout the Daniel Boone National Forest, featuring hundreds of indigenous plant species and abundant wildlife. Many trails are multi-use with numerous easy-access points for rides of varying lengths. The national forest actually has more than 900 miles of gravel or dirt roads suitable for riding for experienced road cyclists, mountain bikers or a family with young children. Cross bridges, zip down pathways and take in the scenic countryside on the 282-mile-long Sheltowee Trace Multi-use Trail, with its multiple access points for sectional and whole-trail rides. The Pendergrass- Murray Recreational Preserve, owned and managed by the Red River Gorge Climbers Coalition, is at the heart of large network of active and abandoned oil and logging roads and allows mountain biking on designated trails.
The 20-mile-long Sugarcamp Mountain Trail System offers sweeping views while pedaling over awe-inspiring mountaintops. Ride along clean-water lakes and rivers on designated trail systems, such as the Cave Run Lake Trail. And take in the sights while coasting through state parks, such as Cumberland Falls State Resort Park. At 18 miles long, the Dawkins Line Rail Trail near Paintsville is Kentucky’s longest rail-trail and features 24 railroad trestles, as well as Gun Creek tunnel.
Gravel cyclists can ride for 60 miles in Lick Falls through hills on back roads, gravel roads, creeks and farmland. Clack Mountain Road is a fantastic doubletrack offering a serious challenge for gravel riders. In the Morehead/Cave Run area, the Limestone Loop includes three miles of the Sheltowee Trail and a newer section of singletrack. And the Red River Gorge offers several good quality gravel roads great for winter riding, including Indian Creek Road and Spaas Creek Road in Stanton.
Dirt bikers can go full throttle over all-terrain trails in custom motocross zones, such as the Daniel Boone Motocross Park. Motorcyclists can wind down twisting scenic mountain backroads, such as the famous forest-lined Rattlesnake Run — a must-see in autumn. These and many more one-of-a-kind cycling experiences await in The Kentucky Wildlands.