Located 80 miles north of Atlanta and 65 miles from Chattanooga, Tennessee, Ellijay, Georgia, and surrounding Gilmer County combine the best of all the North Georgia mountains has to offer. Outdoor adventure, unique lodging options, eclectic dining and scenic trails for hiking and mountain biking read more…
Oregon’s newest Scenic Bikeway showcases the vivid color palette of the Painted Hills. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission formally approved designation of the Painted Hills Scenic Bikeway in its Feb. 24 meeting in Portland, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) and Travel Oregon announced.
The Painted Hills Scenic Bikeway loops through the multi-colored John Day Fossil Beds on 130 miles, connecting the communities of Fossil, Service Creek, Spray, Kimberly and Mitchell. Viewed from a bicycle seat, riders can see millions of years of history revealed in the layers of earth, one color at a time.
The hills get their name from the delicately colored stratifications in the soil—layers of yellows, golds, blacks and reds formed millions of years ago by shifting volcanic islands. A closer look reveals ancient plant and wood fossils.
The Scenic Bikeway program is a superb collection of cycling routes that inspires people to experience Oregon