40 Miles / 2500 Feet of Climbing
Potential Route Modifications: This route can be shortened to 32 miles and 2300 feet of climbing by skipping Cranmore Cove Road/303 and continuing down Hwy 30 and turning right onto 2nd Avenue which leads straight into downtown.
This is one of our favorite rides out of Dayton, as it combines a big wooded climb with some wide-open rural farmland scenery. It's a challenging ride but not overly long. Highly recommended!
Another reason we love this ride is that it starts & finishes at Monkey Town Brewing Company, which offers a wide variety of tasty craft beer along with an excellent food lunch & dinner menu.
There's a free parking lot directly across from the brewery, and there's plenty of on-street parking as well. If you're up for checking out the shops on Market Street or the Scopes Trial Museum, you can also park in front of the Rhea County Courthouse, just a block away from the brewery.
You'll leave downtown heading west on Market Street. Immediately after crossing the bridge over Richland Creek, turn right onto Hickory Street, followed by another right turn onto California Ave. Use caution on California Avenue as there are a couple of railroad crossings. California Avenue will bring you to an intersection with Delaware Avenue where you'll continue straight on California. This next stretch on California offers some nice views of Lone Mountain off to the right.
After a quarter mile, California will come to a "T" intersection with Illinois Avenue where you'll turn right and follow up and around a sharp left curve. The street name will change to Old Graysville Road at this point, but it's the same road. For the next four miles, you'll stay on Old Graysville and let the rolling hills warm up your legs for the climb ahead!