This route is brought to you by Kymberly Byers, a self proclaimed “vagabond bikepacker” whose passion is to ride the back roads to the roads less traveled. Photo Credits: Kymberly Byers
This gorgeous route is 100% gravel!!
The incredible views just can't be beat. In particular, the south end of the park has especially jaw dropping vistas.
Navigation is simple because everything is off of the Game Preserve Road and because there are several out and backs, the milage and elevation can be easily customizable.
There is some challenging chunky gravel. Larger tire width and lower air pressure is recommended.
The views are so spectacular, it is easy to lose track of time.
Do this ride if you are near Chattanooga or Signal Mountain and want a relaxing yet challenging area to ride gravel in.
There are no opportunities to get supplies within the forest. There are no bathrooms either. There is a spring, filtered through a bucket filled with charcoal somewhere around mile 26. (I rode this in 2019 so the filtered spring may not be there.)
I parked at the Prentice Cooper State Forest Parking Area just inside the park on the left.
Kymberly Byers is a self proclaimed “vagabond bikepacker” whose passion is to ride the back roads to the road less traveled.
Her current mailing address is in Fort Wayne, Indiana, but she gets around quite a bit and who knows where she’ll land next!
Kymberly began bikepacking in 2017 and has been doing multiple trips a year since. In 2020, She bikepacked 100 consecutive days from Fort Wayne Indiana to the Headwaters of the Mississippi to the Badlands, Black Hills, Devils Tower, over the Bighorn mountains, to Yellowstone, made a lap around the Tetons and many points beyond. She also completed smaller trips along the Gulf coast, Texas, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and more- 26 states in 2020 alone!
You can learn more about Kymberly and her 2020 bikpacking trip on the Girls Gone Gravel Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/girlsgonegravel/rebroadcast-strangers-self-worth-with-kymberly-byers-episode-25
“Basically, I just want to ride and experience the vast beauty of our earth. If I can share my experiences, then all the better.”