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Highway 697 + ADD NEW ROUTE


10   in Texas Texas14 Miles

By Gary
on May 1, 2008

4.5out of 5

5 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

You can catch this road from Sherman (TX) by taking the 1417 loop east from Hwy 75 at the south end of Sherman, TX. 1417 ends at Hwy 11, turn left & go just over 1 mile. Hwy 697 is on the left - there are 2 churches on the north east corner. Turn left and enjoy the ride. Hwy 697 ends at Hwy 69 at the north side of Whitwright, TX. You can turn right & go about 1/2 mile to Hwy 151 & go left into the down town area for restaurants. Or, stay on 69 south for another 1/2 mile for gas & snacks.

Scenery

road runs along the top of a ridge. Lot's of trees, creek bottoms, very scenic.

Road Quality

this road has 20 sweepers and twisties. The road is generally in good condition with some patches in a few spots

Roadside Amenities

there are gas stations & restaurants on either end of this short run in Sherman and Whitewright.

Additional Info

- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather .

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By Guest
on September 21, 2009 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2005

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Other

I have been riding this road for years. We call it the Texas "Little Tail of the Dragon". Very little traffic but it is farm country so do need to be careful about the farm machinery. Be sure to drop by the Texoma Winery at Judge Carr Road for a free tour and wine tasting. Open Sat 11-5 and Sun 1-5 April thru December.

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on April 21, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

The written directions above should read right turn on 697 from the direction it has you traveling. Do be careful when riding west from Whitewright to Sherman at dusk. The lower sun and blind corners can be hard to maneuver.

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on February 2, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

VERY NICE ROAD. Also VERY isolated from other nice roads. I drove all the way to Sherman from Dallas for this road, and the rest of the area is nothing but straight lines, with most of the exceptions turning into dirt roads... no good on my Cruiser. Still, after lots of exploring, I did find 1753 to the north on 69. It is very nice from Denison all the way to Ravenna. The areas is really beautiful, but the ride itself isn't worth a long trip unless you are already nearby.

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on July 31, 2008 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2003

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

Oh yeah, beware hay trucks and other farm equipment! There are many blind corners where they sometimes hide.

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on July 31, 2008 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2003

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

"The old Ida road" is one of my favorites! One of the very few places in North Texas where there are actual altitude changes! Granted they are very suble, but beggars can't be choosers. Like most scenic drives, it is prettiest during the morning and dusk. The road is more "technical" that skyline drive, but not quite as technical as 337. The only thing bad is that it's to dad-burn short!!!

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