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Recommended Routes in George Washington National Forest - 31

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Favorite Annie Brown cruising up Tillman West Trail after riding up from the Stokesville Lodge / Ride Center at IMBA Fallfest 2013
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

Narrowback Mountain Loop

15.2 mi 24.5 km 1,490' Up 454.3 m Up 1,480' Down 451.01 m Down

Dayton, VA
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Favorite Per the description, if you can time your ride to reach the overlook before sunset, you'll be greeted with a fantastic photo op!
Difficult Difficult

Lookout Mountain Loop

13.5 mi 21.8 km 1,612' Up 491.48 m Up 1,618' Down 493.04 m Down

Bridgew…, VA
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Favorite View from Reddish Knob. The rock to the right of the bike is the top of Timber Ridge Trail.
Difficult Difficult

Reddish Knob: Timber Ridge to Wolf Ridge

18.6 mi 30.0 km 2,870' Up 874.71 m Up 2,904' Down 885.22 m Down

Dayton, VA
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Favorite One of the highlights of the 11-mile ridge run on the Southern Traverse
Difficult Difficult

Southern Traverse - IMBA EPIC

36.4 mi 58.5 km 3,946' Up 1202.66 m Up 3,970' Down 1209.96 m Down

Verona, VA
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Favorite Per the description, if you can time your ride to reach the overlook before sunset, you'll be greeted with a fantastic photo op!
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

Lookout Mountain from Stokesville

8.8 mi 14.2 km 1,398' Up 426.26 m Up 1,441' Down 439.36 m Down

Bridgew…, VA
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Favorite Crushing rock moves on the Massanutten ridge.
Difficult Difficult

Elizabeth Furnace - Figure 8 of Hate

24.4 mi 39.2 km 2,975' Up 906.74 m Up 2,972' Down 905.87 m Down

Strasburg, VA
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Favorite Per the description, if you can time your ride to reach the overlook before sunset, you'll be greeted with a fantastic photo op!
Difficult Difficult

Stokesville 60k

37.8 mi 60.9 km 4,577' Up 1395.16 m Up 4,586' Down 1397.87 m Down

Bridgew…, VA
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Favorite Lower reaches of Dowells Draft.
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

Magic Dowell’s Loop

9.4 mi 15.2 km 1,065' Up 324.49 m Up 1,067' Down 325.27 m Down

Verona, VA
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Favorite Per the description, if you can time your ride to reach the overlook before sunset, you'll be greeted with a fantastic photo op!
Difficult Difficult

Virginia Endurance Series SVBC Project Showcase Ride / Route

45.9 mi 73.8 km 5,023' Up 1531.08 m Up 5,075' Down 1546.93 m Down

Bridgew…, VA
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George Washington National Forest Biking

  • 581 Miles 936 Kilometers of Trail
  • 31 Recommended Routes
  • 6 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 58 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 107 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in George Washington National Forest - 140

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2.1 mi 3.4 km #1Tillman West
Intermediate Intermediate
Bridgewater, VA
Intermediate Intermediate
Bridgewater, VA 28 
5.4 mi 8.7 km #2Wolf Ridge (378)
Difficult Difficult
Dayton, VA
Difficult Difficult
Dayton, VA 20 
7.8 mi 12.6 km #3Timber Ridge Trail (431)
Difficult Difficult
Franklin, WV
Difficult Difficult
Franklin, WV 14 
2.3 mi 3.8 km #4High Knob Trail (1024)
Very Difficult Very Difficult
Franklin, WV
Very Difficult Very Difficult
Franklin, WV
12.0 mi 19.4 km #5Whetstone Ridge Trail #523
Difficult Difficult
Nellysford, VA
Difficult Difficult
Nellysford, VA
69.6 mi 112.0 km #6Massanutten Trail
Very Difficult Very Difficult
Strasburg, VA
Very Difficult Very Difficult
Strasburg, VA
7.4 mi 11.9 km #7Torry Ridge Trail
Difficult Difficult
Stuarts Draft, VA
Difficult Difficult
Stuarts Draft, VA 14 
1.2 mi 2.0 km #8Heartbreak Trail (435A)
Very Difficult Very Difficult
Dayton, VA
Very Difficult Very Difficult
Dayton, VA
3.8 mi 6.1 km #9Trimble Mountain Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Bridgewater, VA
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Bridgewater, VA 18 
2.2 mi 3.5 km #10Narrowback Trail: West
Intermediate Intermediate
Bridgewater, VA
Intermediate Intermediate
Bridgewater, VA

Photos of George Washington National Forest - 249

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One of the highlights of the 11-mile ridge run on the Southern Traverse
Mar 16, 2013 near Monterey, VA
A few creek crossing on a hot day are certainly welcome.  Stony Run trail.
Jun 5, 2013 near Clifton…, VA
adventureseen.com video of Sam Skidmore riding Trimble Mountain Trail.
Dec 14, 2014 near Bridgew…, VA
an adventureseen.com video of Torry Ridge Trail
Dec 15, 2014 near Stuarts…, VA
Bald Ridge Trail is one long, weet singletrack descent from the intersection with Bridge Hollow.
Dec 24, 2014 near Monterey, VA
The climb up (or descent down) Signal Knob is not for the faint of heart.
Mar 11, 2016 near Strasburg, VA
Super-technical sweetness... for those with the skills to ride (not me)
Jun 5, 2019 near Mount J…, VA
Per the description, if you can time your ride to reach the overlook before sunset, you'll be greeted with a fantastic photo op!
Nov 2, 2020 near Bridgew…, VA
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