8/27/2011 6:15:53 PM
Biked the entire trail from Elkmont to the starting point at Piney Chapel Road (0.0) and then backtracked on the trail to the northern terminus at Veto (10.2) with the return south on the trail to Elkmont. There are two nice restroom buildings at both ends. The trail appears to be travelled more from Piney Chapel Road (0.0) to Elkmont (about 5.5 mile point). Parking in Elkmont is to be preferred as there are local businesses that can handle most supply needs though one can park at either terminus. The trail appears to be better maintained from Elkmont south as it is from Elkmont north. There are two main attractive points on the trail: the sight of the Civil War battle at Sulphur Creek (4.0) and the covered bridge north of Elkmont (8.0). The trail surface is firmer, oddly enough, on the west side tire rut the entire way. The east side tire mark in the gravel has several wash out areas, especially north of Elkmont to the bridge (8.0). There is a church building located in the middle of the trail at the northern terminus with the 10.2 marker sign just north of the building. The building was locked so there was no looking inside. There is a blue caboose outside an rv park around 9.0 which is available for a look. There is a red caboose next to the depot in Elkmont for the same purpose. All in all, it was a pleasant ride. I would not recommend doing the 20.4 distance without some prior distance conditioning on a trail bike.