600 miles in Kentucky, US Bicycle Route 76, begins in Crittenden County, travels east to Elkhorn City
Six hundred miles in Kentucky, U.S. Bicycle Route 76 begins in Crittenden County and travels east to Elkhorn City.
The TransAmerica Bicycle Trail, also designated as U.S. Bicycle Route 76 (USBR 76), travels from the Pacific coast at Astoria, Oregon, to the Atlantic Coast at Yorktown, Virginia. The route was established by Adventure Cycling Association for a cross-country ride in 1976 called Bikecentennial, which celebrated America’s bicentennial.
Six hundred miles of the TransAmerica Trail/USBR 76 travel across Kentucky, and as of spring 2016 it is signed the entire way as USBR 76. Entering from Illinois, bicycle travelers’ first glimpse of Kentucky is in Crittenden County. Heading east, cyclists will travel through the towns of Hodgenville, Bardstown, Springfield and Harrodsburg. All of these locations offer great opportunities 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 TransAmerica Trail/USBR 76 is in Berea, Kentucky which is home to a large concentration of artists and crafts people. Cyclists will also pass through the Daniel Boone National Forest on this ride and the stunning Red River Gorge National Geological Area. Eastern Kentucky and its majestic mountains make for a much more challenging stretch of the tour and Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park offers a good rest stop.
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, the TransAmerica Trail/USBR 76 has seen increasing popularity in recent years.