ElevationAscent: 466' 142 m
Descent: -470' -143 m
High: 828' 252 m
Low: 544' 166 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (1°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)
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“A loop incorporating most of the easy trails in the park.”— David Duke
Family Friendly This ride stays to the easier trail sections of the park and builds from easier to harder with bailout options along the way.
Use the Bluebell Trail as a gauge to see if they are ready, and gears are going to help out on the loop portion. Culler's Trail and River Trail are good bailout options if the loop is too hilly.
Clockwise on the loop offers a steadier climb in with some short, quick downhill sections on the return leg. Reverse the loop for some shorter, harder climbs in with a more flowing, gradual return back.
Next, turn left onto Tulip Poplar Trail. At this point, the trail will be relatively wide and undulating with a climbing trend towards the southernmost point of the loop. At the end of Tulip Poplar Trail, turn left, onto Big Oak Trail. There is a bailout if you turn right on Big Oak Trail that will shave about a mile and half off the loop.
At about 3.5 miles, go on through, slightly veering to the right toward Shale Barrens Trail, being sure you do not turn left continuing on Big Oak Trail. Take an immediate right onto Redtail Ridge Trail. Shale Barrens Trail could be a fast (steep, intermediate trail) and fun option down to the river, but you'll lose some riding in the woods.
Continue to follow Redtail Ridge Trail back to Big Oak Trail once again (4.5 mile). Turn left on Big Oak Trail and take it down to Culler's Trail and find yourself back where you started. There is a mowed section of field that cuts over. Take Cabin to River Access to River Trail. There are benches right on the river to take a break and soak up the scenery. From here, you just follow the river home.
Land Manager: Virginia State Parks - Shenandoah River State Park