Lost Creek Cave

Sparta, Tennessee

This ride will take you West into the Central Time Zone. We will travel through Vonore, Sweetwater, Spring City, Past the Homestead Tower, Past the Old Mill Dam, past the head of the Sequatchie River, into Pikeville, and onward to the Lost Creek Cave. There will be about 2 blocks of gravel to get to the cave. Then you will ride the 2.5 miles on the gravel, back through Pikeville, through Dayton, Decatur, and turn in Athens to bring you past the Mayfield Dairy. You will cross Hwy 68 just north of The Lost Sea Adventure, hook up with Hwy 322 to 72 to US 411 in Vonore, turn off to ride through Greenback and back to SMH-D.   If you leave at 9 am and don’t spend a lot of time anyplace, you can be back by 5:45 pm if you don’t take too much time at the stops.

1 you will take US 411 through Vonore, turn right on Hwy 72, left on Hwy 322, left on US 11, right on Hwy 68 with the first recycle stop at the Exxon just West of I-75 in Sweetwater.
  • 41.4 miles
  • 59 min ride time
 
2 you will continue on Hwy 68 through Spring City, Grandview, Grassy Cove, past the Homestead Tower, onto US 127 for a few minutes and then turn off on to Old TN – 28 and ride through the Sequatchie Valley down to Pikeville for lunch.
  • 74.8 miles
  • 1 hr 48 min of ride time
 
3 after lunch you will take Old Spencer Rd up to Hwy 30, turn right onto Cane Creek, right onto Hickory Valley, right onto Haston, right onto Lost Creek Rd, and a right on Whites Cave Rd. This section will have about 2 blocks of gravel but it is hard-packed sand.
  • 37.7 miles
  • 1 hr ride time
 
4 you will continue down the gravel road for 2.5 miles (everyone on the previous ride opted to ride the gravel even though they had a choice at this time.) This is White’s Cave Rd, right on Big Bottom Rd, left on Hickory Valley Rd, left on Hwy 285, left on Hwy 30 with a rest stop at the 3 Way Market at the intersection of Hwy 101.
  • 22.8 miles
  • 34 min of ride time
 
5  here you will take Hwy 30 through Dayton, through Decatur, and all the way to Athens, TN where you will take a left on Hwy 307 and ride past the Mayfield Dairy. You will take a right onto Hwy 322, right on Hwy 72, left on US 411 through Vonore, left on E-Coast Tellico Pkwy, right on Morganton Rd through Greenback, left on Clendenen Rd, right on Big Springs Rd, continue to Old Glory Rd, right on Lamar Alexander Pkwy, and a right into SMH-D.
  • 103 miles
  • 2 hr 49 min ride time