“A big mountain backcountry ride with big rewards and world class singletrack.”
— Shenandoah Bicycle
This is a big mountain backcountry section of the Wild Oak N.R.T. (716)
. This ride includes a pavement section on FR 95, a gravel climb on Leading Ridge Road FR 95A and a gravel approach to Camp Todd on FR 95 It then features a singletrack climb up Horse Trough Hollow aka Camp Todd (part of Wild Oak N.R.T. (716)
) and a descent on Chestnut Ridge (part of Wild Oak N.R.T. (716)
. The final descent is on Grindstone Ridge (part of Wild Oak N.R.T. (716)
Need to Know
Be prepared for a big day - there are no stores for miles once you start the ride.
Begin by parking at the Wild Oak N.R.T. (716)
parking lot off FR 95 in Stokesville, across from Camp Mayflather. There is a trail register at the parking area if you are inclined to leave your name.
Take the Wild Oak N.R.T. (716)
spur out of the parking lot, which intersects with the Grindstone Ridge section of TWOT, this will be the final intersection of the ride also. Continue on TWOT on the left towards FR 95. Hang a right on the pavement and continue on FR 95 until you reach the Todd Lake recreation area.
Turn right at Todd Lake, climb up to the next intersection and turn left on Leading Ridge Road FR 95A. Take this gravel climb all the way until it intersects with FR 95. Turn right and continue heading West on 95, continue past Camp Todd until you notice a trailhead marker on your right. This marker is for the Horse Trough Hollow section of the Wild Oak N.R.T. (716)
Climb Horse Trough Hollow, it's a long strenuous climb to the top of Little Bald Knob. At Little Bald, turn right onto the Chestnut Ridge section of Wild Oak N.R.T. (716)
. This beautiful big mountain descent has drops, jumps, berms, turns and big views. Continue on this trail past Grooms Ridge (on the left 2 miles down) to the Grindstone Mountain/Skidmore Fork intersection. Turn left on Grindstone mountain and continue on the trail back to the Wild Oak N.R.T. (716)