Gravel King (32 km)
Experience Level: Easy-Moderate. Leisure/Recreational
Route Surface: Primarily gravel roads, some paved segments. Gravel, cyclocross, hybrid or mountain bike recommended.
Route Length: 32km
A truly delightful ride, this route will take you on some of the most scenic gravel roads in Oxford County. From the small town of Plattsville, connect onto Hubbard Road riding by a variety of small farmsteads to reach the shade of overhanging trees that line a part of the way cutting through lowland forest. Routing east towards the pretty riverside setting and small community of Wolverton, slow down to enjoy the scenery and country side quiet. After a quick zigzag and bridge over the 401, connect onto more of the same, and another beautiful tranquil stretch north on King Road. Add to the day a small detour to Bright Cheese for some fresh and tasty treats or pull into Walters Theatre for an afternoon matinee and performance set in the lovely country barn. Enjoy post ride refreshments on the patio at the aptly named Trail End Tavern upon your return to Plattsville.
Caution crossing at busier intersections of north south roadways and also short segment on bridge over Highway 401. Slow down for passing traffic and agricultural vehicles. Be aware that gravel roadways are maintained at various times throughout year, and while generally in good condition, may be in varied states of repair which can include fresh grading. As on all cycling routes, exercise caution at all times.
Start/Finish Point: Plattsville Arena, 68 Mill St. E. Plattsville (View Map)
Stops Enroute (seasonal hours, check websites before visiting):
- Bright Cheese & Butter, 816593 Oxford Road 22, Bright ON. (View Map) www.brightcheeseandbutter.com
- Walter's Music Venue, 836074 Hubbard Rd. Bright, ON. (View Map) www.walterstheatre.com
- Trail's Edgfe Tavern, 46 Albert St. Plattsville, ON. (View Map) www.trailsedgetavern.ca
Disclaimer: Cyclists are encouraged to evaluate the route based on level of experience and comfort level on cycling on gravel, and be prepared that dust and gravel may become airborne at all times. By using this route map, cyclists demonstrate they have read and understood the safety rules and disclaimer. It is a suggested route only. The suggested route does not have formal bike lanes and all cyclists ride at their own risk. Road conditions and traffic levels may vary from time of map printing or posting. Caution and common sense must be used when sharing the road with motor vehicles. Cyclists must comply with the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, R.S.O. 1990, C.H-8 as amended. Oxford County does not assume any liability whatsoever for cyclists travelling upon a suggested route. Oxford County is not responsible for any loss, costs or expenses incurred by cyclists while travelling upon suggested routes.