Whether you enjoy biking up dirt trails or along paved roads ...Virginia inspires mountain bikers to new heights of awareness and exhilaration.
Sometimes you just have to stop the exercise and breathe in the beauty that surrounds you.
Valley sites lead to mountain trail access in the Shenandoah Valley. The best example is the Sherando Lake Loop in Augusta County's Sherando Lake Recreation Area, part of George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. For the serious mountain bikers, this is the place to go for almost 20 miles of singletrack trails and dirt/paved roads.
At one point, as bikers ascend from Sherando Lake through Big Levels toward Bald Mountain Overlook, the trail challenges bikers with more than 1,000 feet of vertical climbing. Included in this Best of the Best for mountain bikers is a length of the Blue Ridge Parkway, the nation's longest national park. This stretch serves as a break for bikers — paved road and overlooks for views of the Shenandoah Valley below.
Harrisonburg - Shenandoah Mountain Touring specializes in bike tours in the George Washington National Forest surrounding Harrisonburg.
Basye - Bryce Resort has a brand new summertime experience for adrenaline junkies. The Bryce Mountain Bike Park features six lift-accessed trails ranging from beginner to learner to advanced difficulty terrain. Some are more than two miles long.
Luray - What better way to see nature than a bike trip along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, all paved.
Heart of Appalachia
A tour of Virginia's mountain biking scene in the western-most part of the state includes the Mount Rogers Loop in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area near Damascus, which is a 115,000-acre wilderness region with more than 400 miles of trails, some of them exceedingly difficult and some climbing to Mount Rogers at 5,729 feet.
The loop system has 8 miles of trails, winding over creeks, through valley meadows and across some of southwest Virginia's most impressive mountain peaks.
Big Stone Gap - Not exactly mountain biking, but biking in the mountains, The Heart of Appalachia Bike Route and Scenic Drive begins from Burke's Garden in Tazewell County to the Guest River Gorge in Wise County -128 miles of breathtaking scenery!
Breaks Interstate Park - the "Grand Canyon of the South" - has 13 trails along the largest gorge east of the Mississippi.
Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail is one of the nation's most historic routes and was the route for settlers of the western frontier!
Guest River Gorge Trail in Jefferson National Forest is a Rails to Trails project that follows an old railroad right of way paralleling the Guest River.
Also, Sugar Hill Loop Trail is an excellent biking challenge for five miles.
Big Stone Gap - The Trans-America Bike Route follows Rt. 80 through Dickenson and Russell counties.
Blue Ridge Highlands
The 35-mile Virginia Creeper Trail distinguishes itself for its beauty and contrasts with the more difficult loops. It was once a railroad bed and part of the national "Rails to Trails" program. The trail begins in Abingdon and meanders over more than 100 trestles and bridges, providing scenic views of gorges and mountain streams.
Outfitters Along the Virginia Creeper Trail:
- Adventure Damascus
- Blue Blaze Bike and Shuttle Service
- Shuttle Shack
- SunDog Outfitters
- The Bike Station
- Virginia Creeper Trail Bike Shop
Cumberland Gap National Park has 50 miles of trails over 20,000 acres of wilderness.
Guest River Gorge Trail offers signposts explaining interesting features. Short but sweet at 5.8 miles.
Catawba Road in Blacksburg passes through pastoral landscapes and is part of the great TransAmerica Bikeway.
Wytheville - Deer Trail Park and Campground features more than 50 acres of nature trails and is located on a scenic byway.
Abingdon -Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail stretches 330 miles. The trail commemorates and preserves the route of march of patriot militia who fought and defeated a force of 1,000 British soldiers at the Battle of Kings Mountain in South Carolina.
Meadows of Dan - Primland Resort offers mountain biking on a beautiful 14,000-acre estate nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Radford - Mountain Bike Park includes 12 trails that cover 8 miles of serene habitat. Easy to Advanced
Wintergreen - Wintergreen Resort has its own mountain bike park with a 3,000-foot drop, 12.5 mile trail!
Lynchburg - Liberty Mountain Trail System. More than 65 Miles of single and double ttrack trails and logging roads.
Chesterfield - Pocahontas State Park Trails - 52 miles of signed multi-use trails. Several signle-track mountain bike trails ranging from easy to expert.
Roanoke - Roanoke Mountain Adventures offers Guided Trips or Rentals and Shuttles for Mountain Biking, Kayaking, Cycling, Paddleboarding and other outdoor activities.
From easy family friendly trails in scenic Virginia countryside to challenging single tracks in mountainous terrain. Virginia State Parks can satisfy your mountain biking adventure hunger. Be sure to visit a Virginia State Parks for great trails, events and lodging opportunities. Our state parks were named "Best in the Nation!".
Last Updated: 12/14/2016