A great local ride, if you don’t mind some hill climbing is the Panther Creek/Hwy 209 loop. You can park at Furgeson’s Supply at the corner of Hwy 209 and Max Patch Road, Clyde, NC. From there head north on Max Patch Road for about one mile, take a left on Fines Creek Road. Follow Fines Creek Road for apx. 6 miles (this portion is relatively flat). Take a left on Panther Creek Road just before I-40. Follow Panther Creek for 5 miles until it turns into Riverside Road. Continue straight along the river and in 3 miles you’ll be back on Highway 209, left and climb up hill to the gap then coast down hill all the way back to Ferguseon’s. Very scenic ride with farms, horses, cattle, and the Pigeon River.