This can start anywhere along the route but we start in Mt. Sterling and head west on 460 towards West Liberty. Stay on 460 to Salyersville, Prestonsburg and Pikeville. Out of Pikeville pick up 23 down to Jenkins and cross over into Virginia. Make your way past Pound and Wise down to Norton. Just past Norton pick up 160 towards Appalachia Va. and cross over Black Mtn. the highest point in Ky. At the bottom of the mountain you'll be in Lynch, Ky. Take 160 to Cumberland and pick up 119 up to Whitesburg. Take 15 out of Whitesburg to Hazard, Jackson, Campton and Stanton. At Stanton pick up 213 back over to 460 and back into Mt. Sterling for a good 342 mile ride.
Scenery is mostly back road Ky. at it's best. Lots of small towns and scenic pull offs. Lots of lush green in the summer.
This ride takes you over the tallest geographic point in Ky. Black Mtn. The road up and down Black Mtn. is very curvy with lots of switchbacks but everything else is nice long sweeping curves, especially between Lynch and Whitesburg. There is a pull off at the top of Black Mt. so take a camera.
The route is again Ky back roads. Not twisty turny but on the other hand, don't fall asleep either. Gently rolling topography and hills associated with E. Ky.
Instead of turning around at Norton, continue to Big Stone Gap on Hwy 23 and pickup Hwy 160 to Cumberland. This will take you past the Black Mountain marker. Follow 160 to Gordon, pickup Hwy 463 to Delphia, Hwy 699 to Cornettsville and Hwy 7 to intersection of Hwy 15. This will add a lot of mountain roads and scenery to the trip. Ridden this road many times and it is great.