SHENANDOAH COUNTY CYCLING
There are an abundance of biking opportunities throughout Shenandoah County. Cycle the back country roads through rolling hills of farmland or enjoy a scenic ride along the Shenandoah River or Swover Creek.
Shenandoah County also offers mountain biking trails through the National Forest as well as the mountain bike park at Bryce Resort. Need help planning your ride? We’ve got you covered for that too with a number of expert cycling tour operators to help you plan your trip.
The Bryce Mountain Bike Park features 8 lift accessed trails with features unique to the resort. Trails range from beginner to advanced trails, some of which are over 2 miles in length. The Bike Park also includes a Learning Center with certified instructors and a bike retail and rental shop featuring Trek Bicycles along with all the pads and gear necessary for a day on the hill.
1982 Fairway Drive, Basye, VA 22810
Virginia’s first permanent back country mountain biking trail is now a reality. The continuous off-road mountain biking trail spans the length of Virginia’s Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains from Strasburg to Damascus. It links eight major trail systems in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, consists of primarily single tracks, covering 480 miles and climbing 65,000 feet. Hardcore mountain bikers can be one of the first to tackle this new epic trail that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine Recently said is, “Poised to be the South’s sweetest stretch of single track.”
Local resident and author of Virginia Road Biking, Kevin Watson is a certified League Cycling Instructor and tour guide with Carolina Tailwinds Bicycling Vacations. Kevin is a great resource for local, bike-friendly routes throughout the northern Shenandoah Valley.
U.S. Route 11 is the most direct route traveling between the Civil War town of New Market and the city of Harrisonburg passing through a wide portion of the Shenandoah Valley. Continue north on Route 11 past New Market to explore even more of Shenandoah County and the towns of Mount Jackson, Edinburg, Woodstock and Strasburg.
- Buzzard Rock North (4 miles) Easy
- East Massanutten Mountain Area Loop Trails Intermediate
- Gerhard Shelter Hike Expert
- Little Passage Creek Easy
- Signal Knob (9.9 miles) Expert
- Three Top Mountain (7.6 miles) Easy
- Tuscarora- Bear Wallow Trail (3.15 miles) Intermediate
- Tuscarora- Doll Ridge Trail (3.5 miles) Expert
ROAD BIKING LOOP: NEW MARKET TO MOUNT JACKSON
This is an on-road ride courtesy of Howard Beizer of the Peninsula Bicycling Association, a bike-touring club in Newport News, VA. The bike club advises that some of the features to be enjoyed on the ride include the Shenandoah Caverns and the historic Meerns Bottom Covered Bridge. The loop is on little-used country roads and the terrain is considered moderate with some rolling hills. However, note that the biking is on-road so only experienced bicyclists should use the route. There are no printed maps of the bike route available. Click here to download a map of the route.
ROAD BIKING LOOP: MOUNT JACKSON TO WOODSTOCK
This is an on-road ride courtesy of Howard Beizer of the Peninsula Bicycling Association, a bike-touring club in Newport News, VA. The bike club advises that some of the features to be enjoyed on the above route include visiting the quaint towns of Edinburg and Woodstock as well as an visit to the Shenandoah Vineyards. The vineyard offers a free tour and wine tasting. The biking loop is on little-used country roads and the terrain is considered moderate with some rolling hills. However, note that the biking is on-road so only experienced bicyclists should use the route. Click here to download a map of the route.
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