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4 out of 5 Rider Rating 4
2 Reviews

Tates Creek Road - Lexington to Richmond

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By RC51 (5 McR Points) on Jul 11, 2012

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proberts
February 16, 2014
A very good little ride that isn't well-known or…
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Sawduck
4 McR Points
May 31, 2019
Another nice route. I like how the road gets…
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Written Directions

Pretty simple, take Tates Creek Road from Lexington KY and follow it the whole way. It runs over a river where you take a free ferry across and keep following the road until you reach Richmond KY

Scenery

Good scenery. A lot of farm land and open areas to see quite a good distance and also parts of the stretch that go through dense woods and you're riding through the forest. You also take a ferry across a river at one point which is pretty cool.

Drive Enjoyment

The road is great in most parts but there are places where it gets a little bumpy and there's patches of blacktop from repairs. There's a lot of nicely untouched paved road but just a small about of bumpy annoying road to deal with in a few turns, nothing major.

Tourism Opportunities

Not much really, your just driving from one main city to another and there'e not much inbetween really other than the ferry I mentoined where you can park and relax or just ride across.

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proberts
February 16, 2014
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Motorcycle Type : Touring
A very good little ride that isn't well-known or highly traveled. The scenery is nice, but I consider the highlight of this ride taking the Valley View Ferry across the Kentucky River. It gives a glimpse into the past long before the superhighways took over America. The slow easy ride across on the ferry gives a nice break on a hot summer day. As the original poster said about the road conditions, there are some places where patching has been done. However, if you're familiar with the backroads of Kentucky it's no different than anywhere else around the area. Nothing major to upset your ride.
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Sawduck
May 31, 2019
4 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
Another nice route. I like how the road gets nice and twisty when you descend into the Kentucky River Valley. There is a rock quarry on the Lexington side of the river, so watch the road for rocks and debris at the entrance, but it's not that bad. The ferry across the river is quaint and a nice little break. The rest of the ride into Richmond is a pleasant country ride.
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