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Bike Path Overview
How did the Ocheon Bike Path get its name? Let’s break it down.
- Oh (오) means five using Sino-Korean numbers.
- Cheon (천) translates to stream.
The name literally translates to “Five Streams.”
- Ssang Stream (쌍천; map)
- Dal Stream (달천; map)
- Seonghwang Stream (성황천; map)
- Bogang Stream (보강천; map)
- Miho Stream (미호천; map)
Starting in the east, the path shoots off from the Saejae Bike Path between its two highest climbs.
Ocheon Bike Path’s elevation starts around 236 meters above seat level. As the path heads west, plateau before hitting another 231 peak. Then wind downwards until you meet the Geumgang Bike Path on the Geum River.
The Ocheon Bicycle Path crosses one province, one metropolitan city, two counties, and one city along its run. Check out these short profiles of each.
- North Chungcheong Province (충청북도) is Korea’s only landlocked province. Before tunnel boring machines and airplanes, the Sobaek Mountain Range, cutting across its midsection, formed separated warring kingdoms. Find old forts and battle sites among the province’s peaks and national parks.
- Jeungpyeong County (증평군), Korea’s second smallest district, carved its 82 square kilometers away from Goesan County in 2003. With a variety of industries, from solar panels to ginseng, the county also holds a recreational forest with Korea’s largest refracting telescope.
- Cheongju City (청주시) is the capital of North Chungcheong Province, assuming Chungju’s old duties in 1908. On the Geum River, the city gained economic traction when the first transnational railroad and expressway flow through its borders. Cheongju boasts historic forts and a growing population.
- Sejong City (세종특별자치시), named after Korea’s most important ruler, is the nation’s second capital. Why? Like London and Paris, some Koreans thought Seoul wielded too much influence. (And, it sits in North Korea’s artillery range.) So the government founded Sejong in 2012 by seizing a South Chungcheong Province county, erecting giant government complexes, and moving dozens of national ministries within its borders.
How To Get There
How do you get you and your two wheels to the Ocheon Bicycle Path? It’s harder than most.
Well, that’s only half true. The finish line dwells near Sejong City and its bus and train terminals. But its start line in Goesan County offers two bitter pills: hills or distance.
Here are your transportation options.
Intercity bus terminals offer cyclists and their bikes the most hop on and off points along the Ocheon Bike Path.
The settlement at the end of the cycling route provides a large, nearby terminal. However, Ocheon’s opening village lacks bus access.