Four bike paths in the western parts of Korea create the Western Routes. They follow three major rivers (Geum, Yeongsan, Seomjingang) and five streams.
Ocheon Bicycle Path
After passing agriculture towns, the Ocheon path collides with the Geum Bicycle Path.
Geumgang Bicycle Path
The Geumgang Bicycle Path (146 km) originates with the Geum River at Daecheong Lake (대청호), just west of Daejeon (대전). The path passes under the special city of Sejong (세종) and by historic forts. The shores of the Yellow Sea (황해) mark the end.
Seomjingang Bicycle Path
Yeongsangang Bicycle Path
Historically, the Koreans revere the region for its abundance. Farmlands and delicious food abound along the bike path. You’ll also spot a famous tree-lined road, bamboo forest, and Korea’s only inland lighthouse.
A twenty kilometer stretch of road separates the northern starting points of the Seomjingang and Yeongsangang Bicycle Paths.
A mix of protected bicycle paths and country roads creates the Western Route. In rural areas, farmers, cyclists, and walkers share the path.
Paths along the major rivers hold dedicated bicycle paths.
Like other routes, major highways pull cars from country roads, leaving room for cyclists. Watch out for trucks and tractors.
Time & Distance
The Ocheon Bike Path is the shortest (101.8 km). East-to-west, gravity aids you from a mountainous pass. One and a half days will complete the bike path. Budget two days for a westward climb.
Like the Ocheon path, east-to-west, the Geumgang path (146 km) travels downwards from a higher elevation. Patient riding will complete the course in under two days.
The Seomjingang (142 km; 89 mi) and Yeongsangang (134 km; 84 mi) paths follow rivers down flat terrain. For a sightseeing pace, leave two days for each. Bring your A-game and you’ll conquer each in a day and a half.