About Gravelmap

Gravelmap is an interactive database of gravel and dirt roads and paths, submitted and managed entirely by people who ride them.

Biking on gravel roads, or "gravel grinding," is becoming increasingly popular. While it may not be a new concept, it is one that is quickly spreading as people discover how awesome it is to explore less-traveled, quiet backroads via bicycle.

Gravelmap was started with two purposes in mind: give people a way to discover new gravel roads in their area, and allow them to post and manage their favorite routes for others to enjoy. Web-based mapping tools are a great resource for planning rides, and while they generally contain plentiful road data, they have a couple of shortcomings:

  • No road surface data. Online maps generally do not give any indication of a road's surface type. If you're planning on riding gravel (or if you want to avoid it), you have to rely on satellite imagery, which may or may not tell you what you need to know about a road's surface. Unless you've ridden or driven the road before, the process is largely one of guesswork.
  • Is the road traversible? Is it on private property? Does it even exist? Occasionally, especially in rural areas, an appealing road on a map may end up being inaccessible due to land ownership, gates, adverse conditions or other situations that a map alone will not indicate. That's why all routes on Gravelmap are user-created. We encourage people to post routes that they've ridden before and know are free of restrictions. As a result, while gravel roads don't actually show up on Gravelmap until someone adds them, you can use them to plan a ride with confidence.

Gravelmap was launched on April Fools' Day 2014, though it ain't no joke. Please don't hesitate to get in touch with us with any feedback, bug reports, criticisms or suggestions.

Obligatory Legal Prattling

Terms and Conditions

While Gravelmap makes efforts to ensure that routes posted to the site are correct, accurate and legally accessible, all of the content on the site is submitted entirely by users. It is impossible for us to verify the safety, accessibility or legality of routes. Therefore, you agree to indemnify and hold Gravelmap harmless from any claim or demand due to, or arising out of, your use of the site and any content you post on the site. By using the web site, you accept and agree to these Terms and Conditions.

Privacy Policy

Gravelmap will never share any of your personal information with third parties.