The Bluegrass Headwaters Ride skirts the edges of the headwaters of the Big Walnut Creek and Grassy Branch Creek which provide just enough gently rolling hills to keep things interesting on the legs and the eyes. The ride begins in Lizton, IN and it traverses through portions of Hendricks and Boone County.
The 23-mile route alternates pavement and gravel throughout giving welcome sections of respite from the harder-to-pedal and slower gravel sections. The terrain is somewhat rolling for this area of Indiana and consists of 11 miles of gravel and 15 miles of pavement. The pavement portions are in excellent condition while the gravel is a loose, round type that can be somewhat challenging at times.
This is an excellent ride for gravel-riding enthusiasts. We recommend stopping in for great food and beer at the Rusted Silo BBQ and Brewhouse at the end as extra incentive!
Climbing anyone? Contrary to popular belief, there is more than corn in Indiana, and hills can be found even in the flat Indianapolis metro area! We have put together our favorite hill climbing route (with both an easy and hard option) on Indy's northwest side. Ride it one direction for a great workout or turn around and ride it the other and double your mileage (and elevation) for the day. The Trader's Point Creamery makes an excellent lunch stop or pop in and enjoy a fresh made smoothie at their upstairs Dairy Bar.
The Bluegrass Big Walnut Creek Gravel Ride crosses over scenic Big Walnut Creek six times, passes over three historic covered bridges, one historic iron truss bridge, past three state nature preserves and past two historic cemeteries! A little more than half of the ride (17.5 miles) is gravel and the rest is a mix of smooth and rough pavement. Be sure to stop in to the Bainbridge Dari-ette for a mid-ride rest and refuel. We highly recommend the breaded tenderloin and raspberry milkshake!
BIG WALNUT RIDE INFO
After entering McCloud Nature Park, drive down the gravel road and park in the first parking lot on your right at the bottom of the hill. There are restrooms and a water source available nearby the parking area. Be aware that if you put "McCloud Nature Park" into your smart phone or GPS it may take you to the wrong side of the park with no access.
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The Bluegrass Homegrown Ride passes a number of fresh produce stands along the way. Stands may or may not be open depending on time of day and weather. Bring a bit of cash and a way to carry some fruits and veggies or stop to enjoy a fresh peach along the way!
Bluegrass Bicycle Company