Some times the best way to find a cool road to ride is to start with the end in mind. In this case, I'd been hearing a lot about this place called Rabbitt Hash, Kentucky and I wanted to check it out. The town is basically a slice of american history with the original General Store (Rabbit Hash General Store) still in operation. Definitely worth checking out. The road we planned on taking is KY 536, see above for details. It starts out residential but quickly gets to the boonies and some moderately fun curves. Plenty of great sites to see along the route. Rabbit Hash sits at the bottom of KY 536 at the river.The route is short, but I put 2-4 hours down because you'll want to spend some time hanging out at Rabbit Hash. If you don't plan on hanging out you could do this in less than an hour easily.Here's what we saw along the way:How do you know you're in Kentucky? This should be a a pretty good indication. This water tower is off of Interstate 71/75 on our way to KY 536.
On the way on KY536 to Rabbit Hash.
The road itself had quite a few good sweepers making for a fun route.
More curves, if you're going on the weekend expect to see a lot of other motorcyclists.
KY536 eventually turns into Rabbit Hash Road, which is short but a fun little ride down to the town itself.
...welcome to Rabbit Hash.
I happened to arrive on a Sunday before a concert, so the place was getting packed. Pretty cool though, added to the overall experience.
The store itself... a great place to get a cold one or a snack. As it's told, Rabbit Hash is said to have gottenit's name from a flood in 1847 that drove all of the rabbits to higher ground - thus apparently resulting in people getting quite a taste for rabbit meat and in particular, rabbit meat in a stew called 'hash.' Hence, the name.It's basically a miracle that this place is still standing based on the number of floods its seen. It even survivedthe flood of 1937 during which the whole store was completely submerged under water - I'm figuring businesswas slow that year.
I went back on a different day when it wasn't so crowded to get these two shots...I'm always looking for anexcuse to ride.
This was some kind of museum...
This was by far my favorite shot of the day. I love the guy pulling his bike in, just happened to be in the right place at the right time.
If you get the chance, take some time to travel the Lower River Rd (marked on the map above as well). It's got some great scenery along the river and dumps you out at KY 338 which is an outstanding route to ride if you're looking for something a little longer.The river from Lower River Road - I wonder how they got the name for this road?
65 degrees in Kentucky in November means everybody is going to be out on their bike!
My parting shot from lower river road.
My take: personally, I really enjoyed this route. Not so much for the road, more so for the destination. If you're out looking for curvy's you may not get what you're looking for on this road. While the road is a fun one with some great backcountry sites along the way, you aren't going to be breaking any kind of sweat working your way through this.But, if you want to spend an afternoon enjoying some of Kentucky's scenic backcountry and cruise through some great sweepers, this is the road for you. Plus, you can't beat Rabbit Hash, Kentucky. Its a really cool little place to make for an afternoon 'destination ride!'
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looks like a great ride, thanks for the photo 'story', it'll be on our 'ride it list' when we get down to daughter in Corbin KY
Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 6:42 AM
Did this ride last weekend. It was awesome, we came up from Georgetown Kentucky. We took hwy 460 to frankfort and then took hwy 127 upt to 536. It was a very nice ride. Recommend anyone in the lexington / georgetown area give it a try. The ride took us about 5 hours round trip.
Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:10 AM
I don't think there was any mention of the ride from Rabbithash to Petersburg Ky. along rt. 20,
including one hairpin curve on an uphill grade, interesting to scary.
Also check out a place called Jean's, maybe Jan's Saddlebags nearby, just a place to stop for a drink (no beer here) and talk with other riders
you could get directions in Rabbit Hash.
Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:09 AM
This ride was great. There were nice sweeps to the road and a couple of 90 degree curves as well. This was a nice road that ran alongside the Ohio River. It even had views of the Argosy and Grand Victoria riverboat casinos.
Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:09 AM