“A short, narrow trail laid into the hillside that offers some fun flow and challenge.”
— Ryan Delaney
Stinger is the third and shortest of Meadowood's bike-specific trails. It was built in the tradition of the backcountry trails built by the Civilian Conservation Corp in Western Virginia, with a narrow, out-sloped bench cut and switchbacked climbs. Though short, Stinger offers riders a bonus climb and an opportunity to work on their balance before tackling Virginia's backcountry gems.
The most direct access to Stinger is from the Belmont Boulevard trailhead. Take the Belmont Connector
to the South Branch Loop
and make a left, continuing past the Yard Sale
Trail to the top of a small bluff overlooking the Massey Creek floodplain. You'll see the trail sign for Stinger to your right. Stinger begins with a tight switchback and log-over before settling into a rolling sidehill trail. The trail then drops to a tight uphill turn before climbing back to the top of the ridge and rejoining the South Branch Loop
. To session Stinger, turn left at the intersection and head counterclockwise on South Branch Loop
to return to the trail entrance.
Though Stinger holds up better to moisture than either Boss Trail
or Yard Sale
Trail, please be mindful of any posted closures on the trail sign or trailhead kiosks.