Routes 56 & 50 - Cumberland Plateau Tour + ADD NEW ROUTE
40 in Tennessee Tennessee70 Miles
on December 1, 2006
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Begin the ride just off Interstate 40 at Silver Point, exit 273. Follow Route 56 to Altamont then switch to Route 50 which will take you to the route's end point - Pelham, TN.
Start of with beautiful views of Center Hill Lake. Then on to typical Cumberland Plateau scenery; views off high ridges of sprawling valleys below. Lots of forests and especially beautiful in October when leaves are turning. The end of the route (when you reach Altamount and get on Route 50) will take you off of the Cumberland Plateau and you'll have some nice views as you come down.
Good road surfaces. Marking is satisfactory; especially if you are riding in the daytime (which you must on this road). Traffic is light to nil. Hills, curves, some very steep and very sharp ... twisties, switchbacks, and some steep drop offs as you descend from the plateau. Overall, a great motorcycle road!
Good stops for eats etc. in Smithville or McMinnville. Neat little community of Beersheba Springs is at the end of a long winding climb up the plateau. You'll pass by some great parks ... Edgar Evins State Park ... the holmes creek recreational area and at the end South Cumberland recreation area.
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