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Panama City Beach - Red Bay - DeFuniak Springs Ride Loop

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Follow these Great Motorcycle Backroads for a Great Day Ride Just North of Panama City Beach

These turn by turn drections will take you from Panama City Beach to DeFuniak Springs and back. You'll start out on a 4 lane divided highway but soon end up on some scenic back roads that will get your heat beating and your head on right.

Ride Length

This is an easy 1/2 day ride of about 100 miles. To get the most out of it start early and head up to Defuniak Springs and then hit the Red Bay Grocery for a meal and to quench your thirst on the way back. You'll still have plenty of time to catch the beach in the afternoon or do a little exploring.

Great Alternate Route to and from the Beaches

You can also use this ride route as a great alternative to US-231 and US-331 when traveling to Panama City Beach for the Spring and Fall Thunder Beach Rallies.

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1X Marks the Spot! Start at the intersection os US-98 (Beach Rd) and SR-79. Head north out of town.
2Beware of Extensive Traffic Law Enforcement on SR-79!
3Take SR-79 north to SR-20. 
4Turn LEFT onto SR-20.
5Follow SR-20 to SR-81 North. 
6Turn RIGHT onto SR-81 North.
7Follow SR-81 north. Watch for the Red Bay Grocery on the Left. You'll turn shortly past the store. 
8The speed limit will drop to 45 MPH. Just after this turn LEFT onto Rock Hill Road. Note that the sign is HARD TO SEE as the Rock Hll angles off to the northwest and the sign is aligned with the road.
9Enjoy the sweepers and turns on Rock Hill!
10Turn RIGHT onto US-331.
11Stay on US-331 into DeFuniak Springs. 

DeFuniak Springs Ride Directions (not on map)

13Follow US-331 to Live Oak street.
14Turn RIGHT onto Live Oak.
15Take Live Oak to Circle Drive.
16At Circle Drive you can either Turn Left and head to downtown of turn right a go "Once Around the Lake" to downtown. 
17After checking out downtwn cross the railroad tracks at 6th or 7th street.
18Turn RIGHT onto Baldwin Street.
19Take Baldwin a couple of blocks to 2nd Street
20Turn RIGHT onto 2nd Street.

Resume Ride Route Displayed on Map

22Take 2nd Street out of town. Follow CR-280-A sign where road curves to the left. 
23Follow CR-280-A past the I-10 overpass. 
24Continue on CR-280-A to the stop sign at CR-280.
25Turn RIGHT onto CR-280.
26CR-280 will become CR-280/CR-183. Continue east on CR-183. 
27Follow Cr-183 as at twists and turns its way to SR-81.
28Turn RIGHT onto SR-81.
29Follow SR-81 south towards Red Bay. 
30Don't forget to stop at the Red Bay Grocery for a sandwich and cold drink!
31Continue South on SR-81 to SR-20.
32Turn LEFT onto SR-20.
33Follow SR-20 to the traffic light at SR-79.
34Turn RIGHT onto SR-79.
35Beware the Speed Traps on the way to beach!
36Follow SR-79 back to Panama City Beach and US-98.