“A classic, out-and-back ride with lots of rocks in George Washington National Forest.”
— Tim Haggerty
This ride has a classic northwestern GWNF feel. Steep, loose, and rocky coming down off the ridge. After about a mile the trail becomes less steep. The rest of the downhill is a gradual rocky descent. There are a few creek crossings that don't have much water, as well as a few punchy climbs when coming down.
This ride starts out from the Elizabeth Furnace picnic area. Start on the right off the main parking area where a forestry service bulletin-board marks the start of the trail.
You'll begin by taking the white-blazed, Botts Trail
to the right following it upstream. Continue following the white blazes until you reach an intersection with the Sherman Gap Trail
Turn left onto the Sherman Gap Trail
and head up the trail following the pink blazes. Continue up to a ridge where you'll hit an intersection with the blue-blazed, Massanutten Trail
. Head back the way you came and have a great DH with options to continue on the Sherman Gap Trail
or onto the Massanutten Trail