#3 of 101 mountain bike trails in Kentucky and #301 in the world according to https://www.singletracks.com/
The route is known as a great “beginner’s” trail. Much of the Lake Trail runs along Laurel River Lake. Laurel River Lake is a combination flood control, hydroelectricity generation and recreation lake. The lake was built by the US Corps of Engineers and is managed jointly by the Corps of Engineers and the US Forest Service. All of the Lake Trail is within the Daniel Boone National Forest.
The man-made, 5,600-acre lake itself is a hub of outdoor recreation. Majestic cliffs line its 192 miles of pebbly, wooded shores, peaceful coves and lure swimmers, boaters and paddlers from far and wide. Its sweeping views tempt hikers and horseback riders of all abilities and fitness levels. Being one of the deepest, cleanest, and clearest lakes in Kentucky, anglers flock here fishing for large and smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, walleye, crappie, blue gill and catfish. The mild weather and relatively long season truly makes it an outdoor lover’s paradise.
Levi Jackson Wilderness Road Park
It was completed in 2017 on Levi Jackson Wilderness Road Park, a 5.5 mile loop that winds up and down through the woods around the Laurel County Fairgrounds. The trail is designed for both mountain bikers and hikers. The trail head is located at 2660-2258 State Hwy 229 in London, Kentucky.
“The way this trail system is laid out, you’re never a half-mile away from your vehicle,” Keith Cottongim, Boonedoggle Mountain Bike Coordinator adds. “So there’s no need to pack extra water or a bunch of tools. If you have a flat or something happens, you’re always close to your vehicle.” It is home to the Boonedoggle Mountain Bike Race hosted by Boonedoggleevents.
Josh Patton, mountain bike expert and coach says, “The trail has beginner-friendly options for newcomers, and has plenty to offer experienced riders, too.“There are tons of turns. There are technical features. There are rooty sections, rock sections, and just enough to keep you entertained,” says Patton, who won a national championship when he was on Lindsey Wilson College’s cycling team. “It’s the perfect balance of whatever kind of riding you’re feeling for the day. Source The Sentinel-Echo Newspaper
The 24-mile Yellow Route is shortest of the four routes on the Redbud Ride. The route for the Redbud Ride passes some of the most beautiful scenery in Kentucky, filled with blooming redbud trees! This ride is a must-do for cycling enthusiasts, professionals and amateurs alike.It is mostly flat and very scenic as you see farmland and beautiful country side filled with Redbud trees.
The 34-mile Orange Route is fairly easy and very scenic. The route has a couple short but steep hills. The longest hill is only 0.25 mile long. All of the Orange Route is on country roads.
This 72 mile is an intermediate route with lots of short hills mixed with flats. This metric century is very scenic full of beautiful trees.
The 100-mile Red Route is challenging but extremely scenic. The Century 100-Mile Route was recognized by Active.com as “Best Century Ride” in 2011. It is also home to the famous #TusseyHill. It is by far one of the most scenic views in Kentucky as you cycle through Laurel, Rockcastle and Jackson counties.
With the official designation of two new U.S. Bicycle Routes, Kentucky now has a total of 856 miles of connected bicycle-friendly roads, ranking them fifth overall in a list of states with the most miles in the national network. U.S. Bicycle Route (USBR) 21 follows much of the Boone Trace, the historic trail that Daniel Boone established in 1775. The 265-mile route connects the Ohio River in Mason County, Kentucky, through the heart of the Bluegrass Region, to the edge of the Cumberland Gap in Tennessee.
All can’t get on the podium, but we all can push ourselves to achieve our personal race goal! Boondoggle Events was established in the Fall of 2017. We recognize that southeastern Kentucky has amazing trails and gravel roads that was unnoticed by state and regional riders. We also wanted to emphasize the reason we all started riding for FUN! We want riders to have an affordable way to compete in races, regardless if you are a beginner or a veteran rider. We take pride in Boondoggle Events and another reason why you will find out entry fee is the most cost effective race prices in the country. Amazing courses with great camaraderie of fellow riders.
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