Part Four is the final installment in this series on the new JoCo Bike Routes
One of the first county-wide projects the Johnston County Sports Council tackled was developing new on-road routes for biking enthusiasts. Currently along the country roads of the Johnston, residents may spot individual riders and club rides biking almost every morning and especially on Saturdays.
The Selma Cyclepaths have a loyal team of riders in the county, however, visitors and bikers from Wake County are now making trips over to enjoy our wide open spaces. With these new approved bike routes, the Visitors Bureau will have established routes to market via brochures, online biking sites, hotel packages, and our county websites.
There will be four NCDOT adopted bike routes which will cover most all areas east, west, north and south. The routes have been vetted by the NC Department of Transportation Bike and Ped Division and each local planning department has reviewed and provided a resolution of support for the routes. The Visitors Bureau is currently designing the new JoCo Bike Route Brochure to be printed in October...interested riders can call and we will mail out brochures, or printer-friendly versions will be on our website.
Through a series of BLOG posts we will take you through each new bike ride in the county.
Benson, McGee's Xrds Route
A great place to start this bike trail is the Benson Singing Grove in the heart of Downtown Benson, and travel north out of town on Main Street/Hwy 50 to Benson Hardee Rd. This farming community has been producing tobacco and sweet potatoes for over 250 years and remains predominantly agricultural.
Travel out to the Gregory Vineyards & Winery and enjoy the scenic vineyards and farm...just a lovely spot to rest if you have some time. Sip some wine and fuel up at the restaurant attached to the winery.
Continue west to the community known as Elevation, heart of sweet potato country and then loop back south towards Benson. This route will take you near Tucker Lake, and Enoch Winery which are two great stops for another visit to the area as well. This region, known as Broadslab, has a Moonshine legacy and now offers a legal establishment aptly names Broadslab Distillery. The tasting room is nearby on Hwy 50, and worthy of a return visit... it's the real deal.
Back in Benson, rest at the Grove and take a stroll along the charming Main Street for a bit of shopping. Or for a sweet treat stop by Warren Drug Store at the soda fountain for a Lemonade or ice cream cone, and for some chocolate visit Jenny's Sweet Creations. You deserve it after your ride! Benson also offers several parks for a stroll and the Benson Museum of Local History is like stepping back in time with extensive displays on the history of Benson, farming, business, and local artists.