West Dry Creek Road might be the most perfect road for wine country bicycling. If you’re looking for a mellow and scenic bike ride for an hour or two with a pit stop for lunch and a libation, then make this 13-miler a part of your next Healdsburg itinerary. Starting right from Healdsburg, you’ll reach West Dry Creek Road within a mile and a half. Cruise past vintage vineyards like Everett Ridge
and Lambert Bridge
(which also makes a great place to picnic). Make a right on Lambert Bridge Road and in three quarters of a mile you’ll be at your lunch break: Dry Creek General Store
is a popular and eclectic establishment selling everything from hardware and live bait to Italian-style deli sandwiches and ice-cold beer. There’s also a tiny bar in a separate room that’s easily missed—and shouldn’t be! It’s a beer haven, with eight kinds on tap and 22 oz. Pliny the Elder by the bottle. Ride back the way you came. Goes down smooth.
TIP: If you need to rent a bike, Wine Country Bikes has a nice fleet of Treks and friendly staff.
Park in downtown Healdsburg by the plaza. Ride south on Healdsburg Ave. At the 5-way intersection, make a right on Mill St./Westside Rd. Go 0.5 mile to West Dry Creek Rd. and make a right. Continue for 5 miles. Make a right on Lambert Bridge Rd. and go 0.75 mile to reach Dry Creek General Store. You can continue back into Healdsburg by going south on Dry Creek Rd., but there is more traffic on this road. Instead, we recommend returning the way you came.