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Hongcheon Myeoneurigogae Course to Enjoy the Essence of the Forest

Travel Info

Course Introduction

Haoan-ri bus station (Yeonaegol)- First Hill- Valley Three-way Intersection- Second Hill- Maehwasan Forest Path- Sammachi-ri- Yanjimal

Region

Hongcheon

The Hongcheon Myeonurigogae course has gentle inclines where you can enjoy the small valleys and the essence of the forest. In the summer, you can enjoy the coolness of valleys, but in the winter, the may freeze, so you should take precautions when riding. The Myeoneurigogae course is a circulating course so you can start either at Haoan-ri bus stop or Yangjimal. Choose whichever you like as your start point.

Yeonaegol

Yeonaegol

└ Yeonaegol

Yeonaegol surroundings

└ Yeonaegol surroundings

Once you go down a bit from Haoan-ri bus stop at the Hongcheon IC entrance ramp, you will see a bridge. Pass the bridge and then take a left. Pass the cement road and take the path on the right, and you will reach the Yeonaegol Village and then a forest path.

First Hill

First Hill

└ First Hill

Take the softly bending uphill forest path to reach the first hill. There is an incline, but it is easy to climb.

Valley Three-way Intersection

Valley Three-way Intersection

└ Valley Three-way Intersection

The path that then appears is an almost-flat downhill zone. The range of vision will broaden and as the thick forests towards Dosagok-ri unfolds, you will be awed at the scenery. Take the downhill to reach the three-way intersection, and this is where the path to the valley and Dosagok-ri meets. If you are riding in the summer, the small valley creeks will be a delightful place to cool down.

Second Hill

Second Hill

└ Second Hill

Climb up the hill and you will reach the second hill where you can see a communication tower. This is the top of Myeoneurigogae.
There is a folklore about Myeoneurigogae. A father-in-law and daughter-in-law were passing the hill with their possessions loaded on the back of a donkey, but the items disappeared. The father-in-law made the daughter-in-law wait and went back to look for the items. He was unable to find the items and climbed back up the hill, but the daughter-in-law was no longer there. The father-in-law looked all around the mountain for her, but was unable to find her. The father-in-law finally gave up and decided to go back home with the donkey. But to make matters worse the donkey would not bulge. The father-in-law, after losing his possessions and daughter-in-law, he even left the donkey and passed the hill alone. Since then, people called this hill Myeoneurigogae. Go down the hill and you will see Route 44 to the left.

Gonggol Village Entrance

Gonggol Village Entrance

└ Gonggol Village Entrance

Once the forest path ends and you go along th paved roads towards Hongcheon on the left, you will get to Route 33 and after you pass the gas station, take the path on the right. This is the start of Gonggol Village and it is where you enter Maehwasan Forest Path.

Sammachi-ri

Sammachi-ri

└ Sammachi-ri

Go straight from the Gonggol Village Three-way Intersection and the Maehwasan forest path, which is an uphill climb, will appear. After completing an off-road ride filled with uphill and downhill sectors that will make you huff and puff and sweat, the forest path will end and you will arrive at the Sammachi-ri paved road.

Yangjimal

Yangjimal

└ Yangjimal

Once you go down the hill with the fresh breeze on the paved road leading all the way to Yangjimal, you will arrive at the end of the Myeoneurigogae course. If you started at Yangjimal, this will be the end of you ride, and you can stop to enjoy delicious open-fire barbecue. Take Route 44 from the intersection towards Hongcheon and ride until you reach where you started.

After enjoying your ride, you can enjoy the mountain breeze that will make you forget about all your sweat. It is an interesting course where you can also learn about the sad story about Myeoneuri-gogae.


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