The Shenandoah Valley is home to over 300 miles of legacy backcountry trails in the George Washington National Forest. You can visit elevations up to 4,500' as you explore narrow ridges and hardwood forests full of technical challenges and high speed descents. These remote trails offer isolation in a fun and unpredictable setting. Besides the broad views into Virginia and West Virginia wilderness, the reward for the big climbs are rugged, narrow trails that turn into some of the biggest downhills on the East Coast. The Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition has been working to reroute and optimize for mountain bikes some of the more popular trails through grants for over a decade now. Base yourself out of Harrisonburg for great food and drink or the Stokesville Campground for front row access to the most popular trails of the forest such as Lookout, Narrowback Mountain, Trimble, and Chestnut. If you like technical rock challenges then head across the valley to the Massanutten ridge where the soil drains fast and the rocks maintain traction.
Maintenance is random, weather changes things, and choosing the wrong way up a trail can become a good joke for the locals later on. Chances are you're gonna push a little somewhere anyways! Do yourself a favor and talk to the local shops to get a feel for what's riding good and to find a route you're gonna enjoy.
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** For every Shenandoah Valley product sold we donate to the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC) who builds, protects, and maintains trails in the area.