The Long Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,903' 580 m
Descent: -1,925' -587 m
High: 2,913' 888 m
Low: 2,173' 662 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 28% (15°)
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“The Long Loop strings together the steepest climbs and longest descents offered by the park.”— Joey Atkins
The CCC Trail portion combined with a section of Molly's Knob Trail is the longest and steepest climb on the ride with an elevation change of 800 feet in a little less than two miles. Most of this section is singletrack with lots of turns and a few level spots that will let you catch your breath on the way to the top.
At the end of your climb, you're rewarded by a long two-mile drop down to the bottom. This steep punchy singletrack section is loaded with lots of turns, twist, and jumps! Be careful as there are lots of blind curves along this section and it is heavily traveled by hikers during summer months.
The bottom of the descent returns to the Lake Trail Loop for a short casual pedal along the water's edge. This is the busiest part of the park so be courteous to other trail users. You'll mostly find paved trails here and it's easy to get off track if you're not familiar with the park layout. Keep an eye out for the park restaurant, as it signals the spot to cross over the park road and access the Raider's Run Trail and Old Shawnee Trail.
Both of these trails are short, but they are also some of the most twisty and less traveled in the park. The initial climb is steep but the descending switchback turns are absolutely awesome! When back at the bottom, return to the Lake Trail for a short ride to Highway 16. Turn right (north) on the road for approximately 200 yards and then turn left into the park picnic area. Proceed north and you'll find the Stone Lick Trail.
The Stone Lick Trail is another steep and long climb of about one mile. Near the top, keep right to follow Stone Lick all the way to its end. When you reach the top, you'll find a short mild descent until meeting up with the Clyburn Ridge Loop Trail. Stay right at the junction. This section of the Clyburn Ridge Loop Trail is one of the finest sections of this ride. There are lots of jumps and places to get airborne. It's packed full of more turns and water bars per mile than any other section in the park. When at the bottom, stay straight and proceed onto the Clyburn Hollow Trail.
The Clyburn Hollow Trail is a mild climb with the only water crossings in the park. Proceed north until you reach the second half of the Clyburn Ridge Loop Trail on your right (if you were traveling it the opposite direction, it has some great places to catch air). Instead, you'll work through a moderate climb to reach the ridge where riders will find an awesome view of Hungry Mother Valley and Lake.
Get ready for the final and straightest descent the park has to offer. Like the rest of the Clyburn Ridge Loop Trail it has plenty of water bars and jumps, but with minimal turns. Pay close attention at the bottom or you'll miss your exit. It's a sharp switchback that turns right down to the parking lot.
At the bottom, simply cross Highway 16 and go into the Burson Campground. At the rear, you'll find the short connector back to the spillway parking lot. You're done!
Land Manager: VA DCR - Hungry Mother State Park