“This loop features lots of singletrack with a good fire road climb to the very technical Trail #416 - Bird Knob Trail.
— aaron cochran
This ride features great views of Shenandoah Valley at the top of Bird Knob, a 180-year-old big iron furnace, and Emerald Pond to cool off in the summer.
Need to Know
There are several creek crossings along this route, steep climbs and steep descents, great views and even better rocks to ride. As always, bring a map and compass, this is not a bike park!
From the parking lot on Rt 211, find the trailhead on the back north side of the lot.
Get ready to make the climb up Trail #416 - Rt 211 Connector
following the orange blazes to an old fire road and stay to the right. Continue across Georges Run.
At the next fire road intersection, go left onto the Short Horse Mountain Trail
following pink blazes for just under five miles. This trail starts out with a really fast pace descent then a good 1.5-mile climb then a more technical descent. A short climb later you should reach a purple-blazed, Roaring Run Trail
Head left down the Roaring Run Trail
for a fast descent to the Catherine Furnace. Once you reach it, turn right on Cub Run Road and then another right on Pitt Springs Road (375)
for a rive mile climb. You'll see where the top of the Roaring Run Trail
intersects the fire road. Trail #416 - Bird Knob Trail
is on the left about 300 yards up the road.
About 100 yards after turning left, take the right turn onto the Emerald Pond Spur
to Emerald Pond and take a well deserved break or swim if its warm enough.
After climbing up to the Trail #416 - Bird Knob Trail
, get ready for a super-technical rocky ascent to the overlooks at the Yellow Cliffs. After the overlooks, Bird Knob turns into a vicious technical downhill back to the Trail #416 - Rt 211 Connector
that leads down to the parking lot.
History & Background
Catherine Furnace was built in 1836.