600 miles in Kentucky, begins in Crittenden County, travels east to Elkhorn City
The TransAmerica Bike Trail travels from the Pacific coast in Oregon, to the Atlantic Coast at Yorktown, Virginia. Originally known as Bicycle Route 76, it was established by the Adventure Cycling Association as part of the American Bicentennial celebration. 600 miles of this tour travel across Kentucky. Entering from Illinois, riders first glimpse of Kentucky is in Crittenden County. Heading east riders will travel through the towns od Hodgenville, Bardstown, Springfield and Harrodsburg. All of these locations offer great opprotunities for lodging, shopping and dining. Not to mention this area is home to a large number of Kentucky's famous bourbon distilleries. The next hot spot on the TrasnAmerica trail is in Berea, Kentucky which is home to a large concentration of artists and crafts people. Riders will also pass through the Daniel Boone National Forest on this ride and the stunning Red River Gorge National Geological Area. Traveling east still, eastern Kentucky and its majestic mountains make for a much more challening stretch of the tour. Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park offers a good stop for riders. The last stretch of the trail in Kentucky travels through Elkhorn City. Elkhorn City is home to the Breaks Interstate Park and the Russell Fork River, which features some of the best white water paddling in the country. A true test of determination, this route has seen increasing popularity in recent years.