This 32-mile bicycle loop covers Heathsville and the Bush Mill Stream State Natural Area Preserve. Founded in 1648, Heathsville is the county seat of Northumberland County, named for John Heath a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. While in Heathsville, tour the historic jail, the Historical Society visitor center and peruse the several antique, thrift and gift shops.
Beginning and ending in the historic town of Heathsville, this bicycling loop explores a landscape shaped by water, forestry and farming. Begin your tour at Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern, which includes the Tavern Restaurant (call for lunch and dinner hours), a blacksmith shop and craft guilds. Leaving Heathsville, take Route 634/Spring Road near St. Stephen’s Anglican Church past Clark Mill Pond to left onto Route 629/Coan Wharf Road to Coan Wharf Landing, a former steamboat landing for the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Doubling back on Route 629, take a right onto Route 636, Newman’s Neck Road in Northumberland County to left onto Betts Bottom Road/Route 637 to right onto Sydnor’s Millpond, left onto Avalon Road and right onto Route 360. Take a left onto Route 604/Indian Valley Road to right onto Route 201 to right onto Route 604/Hazard Road to Bush Mill Stream State Natural Area Preserve.
For a short side trip, take Route 604 to Bush Mill Stream State Natural Area Preserve and stop for short walk on the forested trails. At intersection of Routes 604 and Route 601/Dodlyt Road, take Dodlyt Road to complete the loop on Route 601 back to Heathsville.