Wild Oak N.R.T. (716)
ElevationAscent: 5,624' 1,714 m
Descent: -5,575' -1,699 m
High: 4,329' 1,319 m
Low: 1,607' 490 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 72% (36°)
Popular rides nearby
Braley's Pond & Confederate Breastworks Loop
18.0 mi 29.0 km • Point to Point • 2,753 ft Ascent 839.1 m Ascent
Reddish Knob to Wild Oak: Chestnut & Grindstone Ridge Shuttle
13.3 mi 21.4 km • Point to Point • 975 ft Ascent 297.29 m Ascent
Reddish Knob: Timber Ridge to Wolf Ridge
18.6 mi 30.0 km • Loop • 2,870 ft Ascent 874.71 m Ascent
Big Hollow Heartbreak Hotlap
6.3 mi 10.1 km • Loop • 1,427 ft Ascent 434.84 m Ascent
8.5 mi 13.7 km • Loop • 1,021 ft Ascent 311.27 m Ascent
2.6 mi 4.1 km • Loop • 289 ft Ascent 88.23 m Ascent
“Big Mountain Backcountry Singletrack Loop not commonly ridden in its entirety.”— Shenandoah Bicycle
Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown
There is a section of the trail that passes next to the Ramsey's Draft Wilderness Area between Spring House Ridge and Dividing Ridge. The trail ascends Shenandoah Mountain into the upper reaches of the Potomac River Watershed and teeters along the edge of the James River Watershed to the South.
Popular mountain bike segments of this trail include Lookout Mountain, Chestnut Ridge, Grindstone, Hankey Mountain, and Horse Trough Hollow. It has a mix of ridgeline riding, a contour-built reroute, a fast descent, and a lot of rock.
Horse Trough Hollow is often climbed to reach the Chestnut Ridge descent. This loop is known as "Camp Todd-Chestnut" which brings riders into the backcountry past Todd Lake onto a long gravel climb up Leading Ridge Road onto FR 95 where riders pickup TWOT on the right for a 2 mile climb up "Horse Trough Hollow" shortly after passing Camp Todd. The climb up Camp Todd/Horse Trough Hollow is steep, strenuous, off-camber, rocky and exposed in some spots. The climb ends along a cliff line providing views of Ramsey's Draft Wilderness Area and Eliot's Knob. Little Bald Knob is at the top where there's a well marked intersection. Stay right at the intersection for a 7 mile ridge ride that will blow your mind. This section of TWOT is known as the Chestnut segment. Fast, fun, flowy in sections with a few drops and spicy turns thrown in there to keep it exciting.
The Lookout Mountain Loop is a featured ride in and of itself and is a recommended section for those riders willing to find the flowy line amongst a sea of rocks. (The flow is there, we promise).
Just off the Lookout Mountain section of TWOT, there is a great overlook as the trail approaches the North River, and a suspension bridge that crosses the river near the end.
The SVBC has done considerable amounts of trail rehabilitation on Lookout Mountain, Chestnut Ridge, and Horse Trough Hollow
Local Club: Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition
Apr 24, 2020: Trail Work During a Pandemic?
Apr 8, 2020: 2020 Elections Board of Directors SVBCoalition
Land Manager: USFS - George Washington & Jefferson National Forests