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Bicycles Etc - Huntville, AL

Local Road Riding

Road Riding from Downtown Huntsville

Whether you live downtown or you just want to come down and feel the vibe, Bicycles Etc. is a great place to start your next road ride. We have lots of great tasting energy food and can usually manage a quick adjustment or flat repair for your bike. Nearby parks and greenways provide picnic tables and shade while you wait for friends and the Art Museum, Skateboard Park and Dog Park are all close by, We also have a wonderful selection of restaurants and clubs downtown for post ride refueling and relaxation. Here is a Hilly Route that we often use for our Wednesday night ride.  Here is a Less Hilly Route that is a usual substitute.

Cherry Tree Loop

This is a natural for anyone who lives in the Hampton Cove area. South Huntsville residents can incorporate this ride with beginning and ending climbs of Cecil Ashburn Drive and have a really challenging ride. This ride typically starts at the Hampton Cove ball fields and heads south on Old Hwy 431. After crossing several one-lane bridges, turn left onto Cherry Tree Lane and follow until it ends several miles later. Then turn right on New Hope Cedar Point Road and continue into the town of New Hope. Here choices include the Simpson Point Road climb or an easier return on Old Gurley Pike or through Owens Crossroads on Old Hwy 431. Here's a Map to help you get started.

Hurricane Valley

Quiet roads and beautiful scenery wait just minutes from town in northeast Madison County. While accessible by bike, you may wish to drive a bit if the thought of riding out of town on narrow two lane roads seems intimidating. Madison County Lake makes an excellent starting point with a small store, public restrooms and ample parking. Rides of any length are easily accommodated in this area and we can recommend anything from a ten mile loop to treks into Tennessee all on roads with relatively light traffic

SCCC Rides Database

Click HERE for maps and cue sheets to local rides

Natchez Trace Parkway

Natchez Trace Bridge

The Natchez Trace Parkway is a 444-mile drive through exceptional scenery and 10,000 years of North American history.  Used by American Indians, "Kaintucks", settlers, and future presidents, the Old Trace played an important role in American history. Today, visitors can enjoy not only a scenic drive but also great bike riding in safer environment than most roadways. As national scenic roadway, the Trace does not allow any commercial vehicles and the posted speed limit is 50 mph so traffic is typically light and slow which makes it perfect for new riders looking for a beautiful day trip or a multi-day tour.The National Park Service provides important information for planning your bike ride so check out their page. We often access the Trace at Florence Al. or Franklin Tn. For a multi-day trip, start in Franklin at Loveless Cafe south of Nashville and ride to Florence AL or Tupelo MS.

Cherohala Skyway

                                                                                                                                                         Cherohala Skyway

If climbing is your passion, this scenic highway north east of Chattanooga cannot be beat for light traffic and epic vistas. The skyway is a three hour drive from Huntsville to Tellico Plains Tennessee. Begin your ride at the Indian Boundary campground which has nice facilities and a day use area, elevation aprox. 1800 ft. Riding east, you will climb steadily for nearly fourteen miles before reaching the Santeetlah Overlook at 5,390 ft. If a truly epic ride is your goal, you may continue to end of the skyway near the Joyce Kilmer Forest. Doing this will cause you to lose nearly 2000 ft in elevation which of course means another major climb and descent back to your starting point. This road is surrounded by wilderness area and even a bear sanctuary .And yes, bears may be sighted on the parkway. Weather conditions can change dramatically here. Always carry rain gear on this ride. Although this description is for an "out and back" ride, many cyclists will ride a loop by adding Deal's Gap. Here's a Map  of a common loop. Here's a really tough out and back.