18-Mile Ride Professional Review and Guide
"Some mountain bikers disdain gravel road trips, preferring singletrack or nothing. However, even the staunchest singletracker may be persuaded that some gravel roads must be ridden. The ride begins on the northern end in a small community near Maple Grove Church.
There are some dogs living nearby who seem to enjoy chasing bikers, and for that reason, you may want to move farther on before parking and beginning the series of long, winding switchbacks. This ride is typically arranged with a shuttle; however, it can just as easily be ridden as an out-and-back with half done form on trailhead, and the other half done from the opposite trailhead, on different days, of course. Spectacular views to the northeast and southeast, the Johns River valley, plus mountains, mountains everywhere."