The Bluegrass State is heavily forested with rolling hills and great mountains. Riders lean into the curves along the winding roads and enjoy the rolling hills. Fall is the perfect time of the year to tour the Bluegrass State via motorcycle. The leaves in Kentucky are beautiful and the weather is crisp. The temperature is perfect for layering clothes under a motorcycle jacket and thick pants. These three awesome motorcycle destinations and routes are an introduction to the rich heritage, beautiful geography and the awesome people that form this great state.
- Daniel Boone National Forest: The Daniel Boone National Forest comprises more than 600 miles of roadway through parts of eastern and southern Kentucky. Follow Hwy 192 from London to Daniel Boone National Forest. Maps of the forest are available through the U.S. Government and are highly recommended. The 900-foot Nada Tunnel leads to Red River Gorge. Unusual rock formations, sandstone cliffs and natural stone arches may be seen at Red River Gorge Geological Area in the forest. A recreational permit may be obtained for overnight camping in the area.
- Lake Cumberland: Bikers that prefer lakes and shoreline should consider a trip to Lake Cumberland. The lake contains a meandering shoreline of 1,255 miles and covers 63,000 surface acres. Travel Hwy 92 to the shorelines of Lake Cumberland, known as the “Houseboat Capital of the World.” If staying overnight, consider calling ahead to rent a houseboat for an overnight stay or a cruise of a different kind. Complete directions from Louisville or Lexington are available online. Prepare to pay a toll on the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway East toll road. The trip is a 300 mile ride from Atlanta, Georgia, 142 miles from Nashville, Tennessee and 218 miles from Dayton, Ohio.
- Russell Cave Road: Depart Lexington, Kentucky and travel north on Russell Cave Road for a nice ride. The scenic road is fairly straight with a few rolling hills. The road crosses over a small stream just before you reach the entrance to the privately owned cave that is the road’s namesake. Consider packing a picnic lunch and stop along the route for lunch on the ground. The area surrounding Lexington is rich in caves. However, Russell Cave is the largest cave formation in Fayette County. The route from Lexington to Cynthiana is 23 miles long. Riders appreciate the views of the luxurious stables in horse country.
Photo is courtesy of Bluegrass Spring as uploaded by Janet Cowen at Flickr’s Creative Commons.