“This route provides a good intro to gravel grinding and fitness ride along the main roads at Lake Russell WMA.
— Mark O'Neal
This route makes a great introduction into gravel riding in the Lake Russell WMA. This loop keeps you on the main roads and is very easy to follow. A couple of steep climbs and some high-speed descents will get your heart pumping.
Need to Know
While this ride is doable on anything but a downhill bike, it will be most enjoyable on something in the gravel bike/cx to hardtail mountain bike part of the spectrum.
Park at the Nancytown Trailhead and head out on Nancy Town Lake Road (FSR #59I)
until it runs into Red Root Road (FSR #92)
. Take a right until you come to the intersection with Browns Bottom Road (FSR #92B)
. There is an old cemetery at the intersection that's worth stopping to look at. The harder way to do the loop is clockwise, but you can obviously ride it in either direction. Pay attention at intersections since there are many side roads. After doing the loop and returning to the cemetery, follow the way you came back to Nancytown. Don't miss the left turn where Nancy Town Lake Road (FSR #59I)
continues and Red Root Road (FSR #92)
goes right up the hill.
Use this loop to branch out into the many other forest service roads and singletracks in the WMA. Explore and have fun!