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RockStar TRAIL Route

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The RockStar TRAIL Route is a 270+ mile bikepacking route from Rocktown (Harrisonburg) to the Star City (Roanoke).


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Map Key

282.0

Miles

453.8

KM

70%

Singletrack

4,380' 1,335 m

High

918' 280 m

Low

29,436' 8,972 m

Up

29,818' 9,089 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

37%

Max Grade (20°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Features Commonly Bikepacked

All trails and roads on both the RockStar TRAIL and GRAVEL routes are legal to ride and open all year.

Overview

To view a Google Map of the TRAIL route along with Points of Interest *and* the RockStar GRAVEL route go to:
tinyurl.com/rockstargooglemap.

Need to Know

  • Most adventurers will leave their car in Roanoke and take the Roanoke Mountain Adventures (540.525.8295) shuttle service to the start of the ride in Harrisonburg. Some ultra-riders start in Roanoke, ride the adjacent RockStar GRAVEL route to Harrisonburg and then ride the RockStar Trail route back to Roanoke!
  • Douthat State Park is the route midpoint and is a great overnight option.

Description

The RockStar TRAIL Route is a bikepacking tour of the trail systems in the singletrack rich section of the Blue Ridge Mountains between Harrisonburg and Roanoke, Virginia. The route begins at Black Sheep Coffee in Harrisonburg, goes through the Rocktown Trails at Hillandale Park, then backroads and fire roads up to Reddish Knob.

From there, the route pieces together premier singletrack trails to create a phenomenal and challenging bikepacking experience unlike any other. The ride concludes at the iconic Texas Tavern in downtown Roanoke a whopping 270+ miles later!

History & Background

Many of the trail system along this route were originally constructed by the CCC and are maintained by local trails advocacy groups:
Roanoke IMBA - roanokeimba.org/
Greater Lynchburg Off-Road Cyclists (GLOC) - ridewithgloc.com/
Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC) - svbcoalition.org/
Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club (CAMBC) - cambc.org

Contacts

Shared By:

Capt. Insane-O with improvements by Joe Knechtel

Trail Ratings

  5.0 from 6 votes

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in Harrisonburg

#648

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#15

in Virginia

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Riding OG and Gauntlet
Oct 24, 2017 near Hollins, VA
Bald Ridge Trail is one long, weet singletrack descent from the intersection with Bridge Hollow.
Dec 24, 2014 near Monterey, VA
adventureseen.com video of Lookout Mountain Trail.
Dec 14, 2014 near Bridgew…, VA
A few creek crossing on a hot day are certainly welcome.  Stony Run trail.
Jun 5, 2013 near Clifton…, VA
Per the description, if you can time your ride to reach the overlook before sunset, you'll be greeted with a fantastic photo op!
Nov 2, 2020 near Bridgew…, VA
The Monument Trail is a blast to ride downhill!
Mar 27, 2017 near Cedar B…, VA

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Apr 7, 2018
Barry Croker
Fantastic route. Weather didn't cooperate (snow 2 days) but would be epic when dry. A little of everything--VA showcase! 285mi — 93h 06m