Places to Ride

 

Local Rides

10 - Mile Mole Hill Ride

This is a 10-mile bike ride leaving and returning to Mole Hill Bikes. This all paved route will take you through beautiful Shenandoah Valley farming country and across the local landmark "Mole Hill". Parking is free at the shop and you are welcome to park and ride anytime. The shop has complimentary water and restrooms during business hours, and there is a 24/7 repair stand and inflation center outside of the shop. 

12 Mile Family Gravel Ride

Looking for a ride to do with the family? Low traffic, Low elevation change, wooded mountain environment, gravel road environment, mountain streams; this describes the ride we did on May 18, 2014. We based at Elkhorn lake and did twelve miles on route 95. The first part of the ride was slightly uphill, so we were cruising on the way out. On the way back to the vehicle we had a slight downhill coast.There are plenty of places on this gravel road to pull over and have a picnic.

Want more information, give us a call at 879-2011.

"Bike The Valley" Rides

"This website encourages bicycling in the Central Shenandoah Valley. It details on-and off-road cycling facilities in our neighborhoods, communities, and provides a comprehensive list of scenic loop rides in each of our localities. Browse the maps for scenic routes in the counties of Augusta, Bath, Highland, Rockbridge, and Rockingham; the cities of Buena Vista, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton, and Waynesboro; and the eleven towns that lie between" (Bike The Valley Website).

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DAYTON LOOP

Mileage: 15.3 miles

This route goes through farmlands and small communities around Dayton, VA. This is an easy ride with rolling hills and scenic vistas.


DRY RIVER FLATS

Mileage: 16.6 miles

This route goes through the farmlands in the Dry River area, historically used for time trials by local cyclists. This is an easy ride, and as the cows you pass will tell you, this is as flat as it gets around here.

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BLUESTONE TRAIL

Photo: SVBC

The Bluestone Trail is a 1.27-mile shared-use path that connects James Madison University; Port Republic Road and Hillside Avenue; Purcell Park and the surrounding neighborhood; and businesses along Stone Spring Road.

The shared-use path is 10-feet wide, hard surfaced, and is used by many walkers, joggers, and bicyclists for transportation and recreation. Future phases of the project to extend it south to Ramblewood Park and north to Downtown Harrisonburg will be completed as funding becomes available.

Parking is available at Purcell Park, 41 Monument Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Rails to Trails

GreenBrier River Trail

The Greenbrier River Trail is a 78-mile long rail trail operated by West Virginia State Park system. Trail uses include bicycling, backpacking, cross-country skiing and horseback riding. A packed, crusher run surface coupled with a mere one per cent grade creates an ease of riding that allows cyclists, young and old, to enjoy the many breathe-taking views. The trail closely mirrors its namesake, the Greenbrier River, for most of its length offering trail users countless opportunities for swimming and fishing.

The Greenbrier River Trail traverses one of the most remote areas in the state and lies adjacent to the Monongahela National Forest, Seneca State Forest and Watoga State Park. A trip along the trail is truly a “Wild and Wonderful” experience.

Further links:

The Official Greeenbriar River Trail Website

TheGreenbriar River Trail at:
The WV State Parks Official Site

New River Trail

LOCATION:This is a 57-mile long state park that follows an abandoned railroad right-of-way. There are several entrances into this park. The park meanders through Grayson, Carroll, Wythe and Pulaski counties in southwestern Virginia and parallels the scenic and historic New River for 39 miles. This park is part of the Rails to Trails Program as it was donated to the state by Norfolk Southern Railroad when the railroad discontinued the line and removed the tracks. This park also serves as a link to numerous other outdoor recreational areas, including a town park in Fries, Mt. Rogers National Recreational Area, the Dannelly Fitness Complex in Galax,  www.peachycleanaustin.com, four Department of Game and Inland Fisheries boat launches and Shot Tower Historical State Park. New River Trail is minutes from Claytor Lake State Park. This unique park features 57 miles of continuous trail.

 PARK MAP: Click here for a map of the entire trail system (PDF), here for a map of the northern section or here for a map of the southern section.

( Official New River Trail Website)