This route just gets better every time you ride it. The trail is ridiculously steep in places when climbing, but features great flow across the ridge and downhill. Be sure to ride this loop counter-clockwise. There is easy access and parking at the Shenandoah University Cool Springs campus parking lot.
Be sure to sign in at the kiosk about 3/4 of the way through the ride and also you MUST fill out a waiver on the Rolling Ridge site
Complete and return the completed waiver to firstname.lastname@example.org
This route has rocks, loads of climbing, and winds tightly between trees with moves that seem impossible (but are). This trail is 30 minutes from Winchester and Leesburg and has it all. Ride in from Shenandoah University property off Route 7 and follow the Cart Path Connector
to the cut off for the Ridge to River Trail
that leads into the retreat.
The Ridge to River Trail
is at the end of the Shenandoah property and is about a 4' wide mowed pathway branching off to the left. It is well maintained and leads into the forest on a very well-used doubletrack trail. If you start climbing up a concrete steep ramp on the Shenandoah property, you've missed the turn off.
Follow the doubletrack, cross the creek and continue straight ahead. You can walk up the creek for some beautiful waterfalls, but I'm not sure if that trail connects to anything on the other side, though the track goes up the creek a few hundred feet.
The doubletrack now turns into more of a dirt road and makes a right turn uphill and begins the climb. The climb on the road is steep, but rideable. When you come to a trail coming in on the left, it will have a sign for the Perimeter Trail
. This is where you'll end up after riding the Perimeter Trail
as described on that trail page.
The Perimeter Trail
loop is challenging, but well worthwhile for riders in the area. Once you've completed a full loop, you'll return to your starting point at an intersection with the Ridge to River Trail
, and will take that trail to return to the Cart Path Connector
which will eventually return you to the trailhead and your car.
Great route to ride in a remote setting. Please respect any pedestrians you may encounter since visitors at this retreat are there for peace and renewal. We are being allowed to ride these trails and must respect the landowners to maintain the access. Visit their website
to see what it is all about.