Deep South USA Blog

Throughout Kentucky, unspoiled back roads are begging to be explored by motorcycle riders. Bikers in the Bluegrass state know it offers some of the most interesting roads for touring in the eastern U.S, but up to now word hasn’t spread far beyond Kentucky’s borders. They offer lots of open pavement for riders psyched for spirited adventure in a scenic and historic region that welcomes visitors.

Eastern Kentucky

 “Kentucky has great touring possibilities,” says Jeff Cooke, a former BMW Motorcycles dealer in Louisville who has been riding since he was a teen. “There are some really fun roads, especially in eastern Kentucky.”

He says Kentucky roads match the best of any other states he’s ridden in, including North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, Ohio and Indiana. Harley riders also sing the Bluegrass state’s praises as well. 

“Kentucky has some of the finest scenic areas I’ve seen,” says Jay Huber, Kentucky Motorcyclists Association/Kentucky Bikers Association, has ridden about half the 50 U.S. states. “Kentucky’s welcoming roadside business owners and just plain friendly people make for a great climate for visiting bikers.”

Sooner or later, bikers find their way to the Red River Gorge National Geological Area, part of the Daniel Boone National Forest in eastern Kentucky. This area boasts some of the most deeply forested terrain you can ride through anywhere on a paved road.

Kentucky’s 17 state resort parks, all of which feature lodges for overnight stays, are high on Kentucky bikers’ lists of favourite places to visit. Spread throughout the state from Jenny Wiley State Resort Park near Prestonsburg in the east to Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park on Kentucky Lake in the western tip, these parks welcome riders after a long day in the saddle with scenic settings and comfortable accommodations. 

“I love riding to Pine Mountain State Park and renting a cabin, where they always have a pile of wood waiting for the fireplace,” says Joe Welsh of the eastern Kentucky park near famous Cumberland Gap.  

Other rider favourites include Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, an unspoiled tract teeming with wildlife that separates Kentucky Lake from Lake Barkley, and Mammoth Cave National Park, near I-65 in south central Kentucky. 

Written By: Bob Adams, you can read the full article here.


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