Bluegrass Tour Bicycle Route (Laurel County Section)

A Kentucky Department of Transportation Bicycle Route

The Bluegrass Tour Bicycle Route was established by the Kentucky Department of Transportation as a cross-state bicycle route from Maysville, Kentucky to Jellico, Tennessee. The route is currently not marked. The rolling pastoral countryside, the grand, historic horse farms, the deep historical and cultural legacy, and the region’s excellent cycling roads are the ingredients that make the Bluegrass Tour Bicycle Route an extraordinary and rewarding cycling experience. The tour begins in the foothills of the Appalachians at the Kentucky-Tennessee border and travels through the famed Bluegrass Region. Length: approximately 245 miles.” The website for the route is http://www.trailsrus.com/biking/bluegrass.html. The part of the route in Laurel County is 35 miles long and extends from the Rockcastle River at Billows to the Laurel River Lake Dam.

From the north, the route goes through Mason, Robertson, Nicholas, Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Madison, and Rockcastle Counties before entering Laurel County at the Billows bridge over the Rockcastle River on highway 1956 (old 80). The route follows Hwy 1956 (old 80) for about 14 miles before making a right hand turn on Hwy 1035.  The route follows Hwy 1035 for about 2 miles before making a left turn on Mitchell Creek Road. On Mitchell Creek Road the route goes through or by several nice subdivisions. From Mitchell Creek Road, the route makes a left on County Farm Road. County Farm Road parallels Interstate 75.

The Bluegrass Tour Bicycle Route takes a right from County Farm Road onto 16th Street, also called Parker Road. Cyclists can easily take a detour to the shops and restaurants in downtown London at this point. Main Street London is only 1.3 miles away from this intersection via 16th Street. The center of London’s business district is only 1.9 miles away. London has several local restaurants, a combination bike/outdoor store and other businesses that welcome cyclists.

The route follows County Farm Road to Hwy 192. The first 3 miles along HWY 192 has a moderate amount of automobile traffic. Cyclists should be advised to ride single file and motorists should be advised to “Share the Road” on this section of Hwy 192.  The route continues on Hwy 192/1193 through the Daniel Boone National Forest and across Laurel River Lake Dam. Hwy 192/1193 through the Daniel Boone National Forest is very scenic and has many interesting points of interest. After leaving Laurel County, the route passes through Whitley County before entering Tennessee.

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