Top Gravel “Roads” in the Fort Wayne “area”

As I’ve started adventuring onto gravel roads this spring, I’ve started to compile a list of my favorite “groads” in the Fort Wayne area. By area, I mean anything that is rideable from my home–and most of these do require a longer ride to be able to get there (and back) from Fort Wayne city limits.

Note: To find any of these routes, check out www.gravelmap.com. I (and many others) update the site whenever I discover a new gravel road, so it gives a good indication of where to find gravel in the area.

1. Rose Road to Division Road

(near) Rose Road, Bluffton, IN

Near the tiny town of Murray, Indiana, Rose Road begins winding along the Wabash River. It boasts a spectacular view of the river, as well as a few two-track paths that cut off towards the river (pictured above) and then come back out to the road. From there, take Oak Road (paved) to the southern edge of Markle, where you can follow Division Road into the JE Rousch Fish and Wildlife Area (and cross under 69). It is possible, in dry conditions, to cross several creeks while winding through the Fish & Wildlife Area.

2. County Road 150S

County Road 150S, South Whitley, IN

This road is curvy, windy, a bit hilly, and an absolute blast to ride. Starting on N 575 W, then looping into CR 150S, this patch of dirt road winds through the rolling farm land of southwest Whitley County. It is only about two miles in length, but is surrounded by other gravel and lonely country roads.

3. Felger Road

North Felger Road, Churubusco, IN

Anytime I see the road sign indicating a winding road ahead, I get a bit excited. Felger Road is special in part because it is (relatively) close to home, meaning I can work it into a “normal” 1-2 hour ride without much difficulty. It is only about 3/4 of a mile long, but winds through a small wooded area, giving a much-needed break from the unrelenting cornfields.

4. Griffin Road

Griffin Road, Huntertown, IN

Depending where in Fort Wayne you live, this one might be a short ride away. Griffin Road is just outside of the northeast corner of Fort Wayne and is one of the hilliest gravel roads in the area. With 2.3 miles of undulating terrain, it is a fun section of road to ride, and easily linked to other gravel roads in the Auburn, Grabill, and Spencerville areas.

5. Lake Everett Drive

Lake Everett, Lake Everett, IN

I first learned about this ride months before I owned a gravel bike, when out on a road ride with friends. One of the popular road routes goes around the other side of Lake Everett, and when I asked about the road coming in from the south, I was told not to attempt it on my road bike–even if I often rode gravel roads on said road bike. After getting a gravel bike, I eventually wandered my way back out to Lake Everett, and found the twisting, turning road leading to the lake. If you ride it uphill (from the north), it is a good grind. Downhill, its fun and fast. Pick your adventure.

Note: To find any of these routes, check out www.gravelmap.com. I (and many others) update the site whenever I discover a new gravel road, so it gives a good indication of where to find gravel in the area.

Have suggestions of other epic gravel roads within riding distance of Fort Wayne? Comment below… I’m always looking for new rides/routes/roads!

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