Along US-27

Known in many places as the foundation of the DIXIE HIGHWAY, US-27 has morphed from the romantic byway of the past into the mostly boring highway of the present. It does have its' moments, but for most riders it is just a way to get from here to there. The redeeming factor is that the distance between the two points can be pretty substantial and there's a lot to see along the way!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Dist:
& Est Time:
184 Miles
3 Hours
State Map
& Segments:
Link to Florida DOT
Florida DOT Map
Major Crossroads
US-98 US-1320

Miami,FL to Avon Park, FL

I warned you, it's boring. The first few miles of surface streets out of downtown Miami are congested and don't offer much opportunity for gawking at either building or babes - keep your eyes peeled for some moron that wants to get out of town quicker than you, he'll eventually cause a fender bender. Around Miami Gardens the route goes into four lane divided and pretty much stays that way until you are out of the state.

The 50 miles beyond Miami Gardens are a blur of low scrub plants, soaring vultures, and irrigation ditches. Take a No-Doze or energy drink, because there are no big curves, no hills, no roadside pop stands, nothing to keep you awake. The only distraction might be the guy on the Honda 250 Rebel that is struggling for miles in the left lane, pushing the bike for all it's worth in order to pass you. Depending upon your mood you can choose to let him smile as he makes the pass - or twist your right hand a bit and make him struggle for another few miles to get next to you again. Believe me, twisting the throttle will be the highlight of this stretch of road.

At South Bay the route begins to twist a bit as it moves around the southern end of Lake Okeechobee and runs through Clewiston. It can be surprisingly congested here, so keep your head moving and eyes looking for the retiree driver that should have surrendered the drivers license 10 years ago. Several opportunities exist for fast food and pie.

Two miles west you are back to boring and you might be tempted to stop for ice cream or a cold drink at Moore Haven. That's about all you will find in this lonely berg. This town is the epitome of what rural Florida was until the population boom of the 1960's. There is a small park down by the canal lock that can be a good rest stop. And there are some campgrounds in the area, but they cater to RV's and at least one gives the cold shoulder to motorcycles and tents. A few miles west there is a small roadside museum that doesn't seem to realize it isn't 1962. It's good for a few minutes of diversion.

At SR-78 the route begins to head northwesterly again, and then straight north at SR-29. In the next 20 miles the desolation and boredom wanes as traffic picks up and you begin to see a heavy mix of citrus trucks, retirees, and locals commuting to work at Sebring and Avon Park.

The Avon Park stretch has been "under construction" for roadway upgrades almost constantly for the past several years. Watch out for the local cops, they prey upon those that don't believe the construction zone speed limit signs.

The downtown areas of Sebring and Avon Park are both small, with Sebring being a bit more vibrant. Each has remained relatively oriented to serving the long term residents rather than the tourists. If you are looking for a interesting stop for breakfast or lunch you might consider Dutcher's Diner, on Main Street, just a half block east of US-27. It's a 60's themed joint with a definite appreciation of muscle cars.


Dist:
& Est Time:
127 Miles
2.8 Hours
State Map
& Segments:
Link to Florida DOT
Florida DOT Map
Major Crossroads
US-17 US-92 US-98 US-441

Avon Park, FL to Ocala, FL

This 130 mile stretch of madness is what turns a lot of riders away from central Florida. The first part from Avon Park to Clermont is reasonable, but beyond that - impossible in daylight hours. It may be four lanes, and it may be divided, but it certainly isn't a quick way north or south! Expect every imaginable traffic delay; lost tourists, citrus and freight trucks galore, peeved commuters, and locals just out getting milk and bread. You will especially find it congested in the manufactured retirement communities of Howey in The Hills, Lady Lake, and The Villages - especially The Villages.

Stop and go. Stop and go. Stop and go. If you are in a hurry, or just can't stand the constant stop and go, consider the Florida Turnpike as your alternative. Yes, it's a rat race over there, but you'll nearly save the amount of toll fees by getting better gas mileage. Another thing to consider on a summer day at 90 degrees or above is that you'll quickly be fatigued and dehydrated along this stretch of US-27.


Dist:
& Est Time:
125 Miles
2.0 Hours
State Map
& Segments:
Link to Florida DOT
Florida DOT Map
Major Crossroads
US-19 US-41 US-92 US-98 US-221

Ocala, FL to Perry, FL

Ocala is a good place to plan for an overnight. There are plenty of rooms to find and lots of restaurant options. If you do plan on this being your overnight location it's best to call ahead for a reservation or to make the stop early. Beyond 6 PM the rooms are all taken on the busier days.

Beyond Ocala the area is largely undeveloped and sparsely populated. At Williston you may opt for the faster four lane of Alt US-27, or the slower and more scenic original route. Those on the 'tourist' ride will want to take the orignal, it passes by several state parks - one of them being Ichetucknee Springs State Park. It's an ideal place for tubing, picnicking, snorkeling, swimming, hiking, and wildlife viewing. It's well worth the visit.

Opt for the more westerly Alt US-27 if you want to include a side trip to the laid back Gulf of Mexico fishing villages of Cedar Key, Suwanee, or Steinhatchee. They each offer a glimpse of Florida life at the turn of the 20th century.

The routes merge back at Perry, a but more than a wide spot in the road, but still lacking in many amenities.


Dist:
& Est Time:
98 Miles
1.7 Hours
State Map
& Segments:
Link to Florida DOT
Florida DOT Map
Major Crossroads
US-19 US-84 US-90 US-98 US-221 US-319

Perry, FL to Bainbridge, GA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Dist:
& Est Time:
70 Miles
1.1 Hours
State Map
& Segments:
Link to Georgia DOT
Georgia DOT Map
Major Crossroads
US-82 US-84

Bainbridge, GA to Cuthbert, GA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Dist:
& Est Time:
103 Miles
1.6 Hours
State Map
& Segments:
Link to Georgia DOT
Georgia DOT Map
Major Crossroads
US-29 US-80 US-82 US-280 US-431

Cuthbert, GA to LaGrange, GA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Dist:
& Est Time:
76 Miles
1.3 Hours
State Map
& Segments:
Link to Georgia DOT
Georgia DOT Map
Major Crossroads
US-29 US-78 US-278

LaGrange, GA to Cedartown, GA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Dist:
& Est Time:
87 Miles
1.6 Hours
State Map
& Segments:
Link to Georgia DOT
Georgia DOT Map
Major Crossroads
US-278 US-411

Cedartown, GA to Chattanooga, TN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Dist:
& Est Time:
70 Miles
1.2 Hours
State Map
& Segments:
Link to Tennessee DOT
Tennessee DOT Map
Major Crossroads
US-11 US-41 US-64 US-70 US-72 US-127

Chattanooga, TN to Rockwood, TN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Dist:
& Est Time:
74 Miles
1.4 Hours
State Map
& Segments:
Link to Georgia DOT
Tennessee DOT Map
Major Crossroads
US-70

Rockwood, TN to Pine Knot, KY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Dist:
& Est Time:
110 Miles
2.3 Hours
State Map
& Segments:
Link to Kentucky DOT
Kentucky DOT Map
Major Crossroads
US-25 US-68 US-150

Pine Knot, KY to Lexington, KY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Dist:
& Est Time:
88 Miles
1.5 Hours
State Map
& Segments:
Link to Kentucky DOT
Kentucky DOT Map
Major Crossroads
US-25 US-62 US-68 US-460

Lexington, KY to Covington, KY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Dist:
& Est Time:
50 Miles
1.1 Hours
State Map
& Segments:
Link to Ohio DOT
Ohio DOT Map
Major Crossroads
US-50 US-52 US-127

Covington, KY to College Corner, OH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Dist:
& Est Time:
114 Miles
2.1 Hours
State Map
& Segments:
Link to Indiana DOT
Indiana DOT Map
Major Crossroads
US-24 US-30 US-33 US-35 US-36 US-224

College Corner, OH to Fort Wayne, IN