Cycle Your Way Through Yolo County

Cycle Your Way Through Yolo County

Did you know? Fall is one of the best times to visit Yolo County! The weather is mild, the landscape has turned into gold and crimson, and the crowds have died down so you’ll pretty much have the place to yourself.


One of the best ways to explore Yolo County is on two wheels. Its scenic country roads — all relatively flat — make for a remarkable journey, and its towns and cities are designed for cyclists in mind.


Yolo County’s bicycling heritage is no secret. For starters, the city of Davis is proudly known as the Bicycle Capital of America — and has been so since the 1960s, when the city became the first in the nation to install dedicated bike lanes. Fast-forward to today, and Davis has more than 100 miles of bike lanes and paths. It’s also home to the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame, which pays homage to the nation’s racing history.


If you’d like to get in on the two-wheeled action in Davis, there are plenty of places to explore. The Davis Bike Loop is an easy, family-friendly 12-mile route that passes through residential neighborhoods, greenbelts, and farmland. You can also download a printable Davis bike map. Learn more about bicycling in Davis.


If you’re looking for a longer ride, the Davis Bike Club offers suggestions on other routes in the area. One of the most popular is the 33-mile loop from Davis to Winters via U.C. Davis and Russell Boulevard, a scenic, flat ride that takes you alongside Putah Creek, down quiet country roads, and past glowing sunflower fields.


But your bicycle exploration of Yolo County doesn’t have to be limited to the Davis area. Another popular ride begins and ends in Winters. Known as the Cantelow Loop, it’s a 26-mile ride that heads south along Pleasant Valley Road alongside a creek towards Vacaville, and up along Winters Road back to town. Along the way are gently rolling hillsides, oak-dotted grasslands, peaceful farms and great views of the mountains beyond. You can finish with lunch at one of the many restaurants in Winters. Another popular ride tackles the backroads of Winters. With only a slight elevation gain, the 23-mile ride is known for its rural scenery, including farmlands and orchards.


Hoping to explore Yolo County wine country? With miles and miles of country roads, many of them hugging the Sacramento River, the Clarksburg area is another popular spot for road biking. The Clarksburg and Bogle Winery ride begins and ends in West Sacramento, heading along South River Road. You’ll see rolling vineyards, tree-lined waterways and pastoral farmland before hitting Bogle Family Vineyards, which offers wine tasting and shaded picnic areas. Another cool stop is Husick’s, a laid-back spot for pizza and beer.


Further north is the Lamb Valley ride. Beginning in Winters, it stretches 42 miles to the town of Capay. Like the other backcountry rides, it goes through local farmland and orchards, with views of the coast range in the distance. It goes through the town of Esparto, where you can fuel up at the Ravine on 16, which serves burgers and pizza. Or, you can wait until you get to Capay and check out Road Trip Bar & Grill, which has live music and patio dining.


Another scenic ride north of Winters takes you to the Cache Creek Nature Preserve. You can pick it up anywhere along the route; as listed it’s about 30 miles out-and-back, mostly along County Road 95 north. Once at the preserve, you can explore the grasslands, oak savanna, and wetlands near Lower Cache Creek. There are hiking trails, a boardwalk, and restrooms. There is also a tending and gathering garden that demonstrates how the native Wintun people lived off the land. The Cache Creek Nature Preserve is open Sunday–Friday, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. It is closed on Saturdays.


With seemingly endless roads before you, it’s not surprising you’d want to put Yolo County at the top of your bicycling short list. From Clarksburg and Davis to Winters and beyond, Yolo County is one of the top destinations for cyclists. All that peddling may leave you a bit worn down, so why not plan an overnight stay to rest up before heading home? There are numerous places to stay in Yolo County, from quaint country inns to modern hotels. Take advantage of Yolo County lodging specials and book your biking getaway today!


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