Whether you’re looking for a new gravel ride or want to create your own, the MapMyRide route features make it easy to find different areas to explore. Here are 10 epic gravel routes from across the country — ranked from shortest to longest — created by other MMR users. Go out, explore and share the love by posting your new favorite route in the app.
LAWRENCE-LONESTAR GRAVEL ROUTE
Distance: 38.63 miles
Known for the Dirty Kanza, one of the largest gravel races in the U.S., this route in Lawrence is accessible from the University of Kansas and passes near Clinton Lake. A good place to stop is Lone Star State Park, where you’ll get good views of the water and a place to refill bottles.
THE GRAVEL RIDE
Durham, North Carolina
Distance: 41.54 miles
Easily accessible from Durham, this route heads through Duke Forest, Windy Hill Farm and Johnston Mill Nature Preserve. The mostly gravel roads can be done on an adventure or CX bike and feature moderate elevation gain and no hills to slow you down.
PBR 50-MILE GRAVEL ROUTE
Distance: 51.82 miles
This up-and-down route in Omaha is easy to shorten or add onto, depending on your energy level. There are plenty of roads to detour and explore to create your own route. The gravel roads can be challenging with some hills to navigate, and because of the twists and turns, you’ll need to be confident in your bike-handling before giving this one a try.
DIRT ROAD ROUTE 58
Distance: 58.81 miles
Deerfield Dirt Road is a classic route in New England that’s windy, scenic and features some of the most brutally steep climbs you’ll find — one of which reaches 20% in gradient. Not for the faint of heart, there are also some tricky descents as you head down to the small towns in Franklin County where you can catch your breath and grab a drink.
GRAVEL RIDE SHORTER WSDB
Distance 64.47 miles
Traveling on some of the same dirt roads as the classic West Side Dirty Benjamin race, you can find this route about 26 miles from Minneapolis. The route is pretty flat with only about 300 feet of elevation gain and has a rest stop at mile marker 30 for you to refill and stretch your legs.
OREGON COAST GRAVEL EPIC
Distance: 66.5 miles
This remote ride in the coastal mountains of Oregon is definitely off the beaten path. While the tall trees of the Siuslaw National Forest offer true beauty and clean air, this gravel path can be tortuous because of the many short, steep climbs. What you won’t find are any cars or noise from the city, which is definitely a good thing.
HILL BILLY ROUBAIX COURSE
Morgantown, West Virginia
Distance: 72.44 miles
One of the best gravel rides you’ll find in the U.S., this route runs through mud, dirt and gravel, and includes one river crossing. There are also tons of climbs on the menu, totaling about 8,000 feet. While most of the scenery is beautiful, there are parts of the course that have been left un-kept by the state — which can either be good for adventure or bad for your mood if you head out unprepared.
RICHFIELD TO BEAVER THROUGH JUNCTION UP CANYON
Distance: 83.29 miles
This high-altitude ride heads from Fishlake National Forest to Beaver on a mix of pavement and gravel. Parts of the route reach 10,000 feet through the Tushar mountain range, which makes for some pretty incredible scenery. The best time to try this ride is in the fall during peak foliage.
RSR WITH LOCH LEVEN ANGELUS OAKS CLIMB
Distance: 87.49 miles
This beautiful route in the Redlands is challenging but worth the effort. Most of the route is on sandy, rural trails, but there are some very steep climbs to conquer. The ride up to Angelus Oak is long and steady but also features some of the best views you’ll find in the area.
ANTIEPIC GRAVEL GRINDER
Deer Trail, Colorado
Distance: 150.71 miles
Halfway between Denver and Colorado Springs, this seriously tough 150-mile ride is mostly downhill for the first half and a gradual uphill for the second. Though the only real mountains are in the distance, the 6,000 or so feet you climb requires some pretty strong legs.