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Bicycling Middle Tennessee: A Guide to Scenic Bicycle Rides in Nashville's Countryside

Ann Richards and Glen Wanner

Pennywell Press
$16.95 paperback
8 ½ x 11  
191 pages
black-and-white photos & maps throughout
Published in 1993, Fourth Edition 2003

Bicycling Middle Tennessee is the product of years of cycling the vast network of lightly traveled roads that meander among valleys, ridges, forests, and farmlands. With this guide of 40+ rides ranging from 2 to 100 miles, leisurely riders and long distance cyclists will discover the best rural roads plus the hot spots for mountain biking. Combine these excursions to create 100+ mile trips and overnight tours through a network of excellent cycling roads.

The book features detailed “cut-out” maps and left-right directions; information on terrain, elevation, food locations, parking sites, driving distance from Nashville; appendices of bike clubs, maps, bike shops; trip descriptions including recreation areas, natural features, and historic points of interest. With this book, you’ll soon be on the road to fitness while discovering the unique beauty of Middle Tennessee.


“As a Middle Tennessee transplant and new cyclist I was reluctant to get out of my neighborhood until reading this book. The format was clear and I could venture out without risking getting totally lost or ending up on some super dangerous roadway. The commentary that accompanies each route lends interest to the rides and the numerous hints and guides for more information in the back were extremely helpful. This book is worth reading even for an experienced cycling native Nashvillian.” —Amazon.com reviewer