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G.R. Thompson WMA Loop

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 2.8 (8) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This loop can be ridden in either direction and requires a short jaunt on Freezeland Rd.


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6.4

Miles

10.2

KM

70%

Singletrack

2,169' 661 m

High

952' 290 m

Low

1,237' 377 m

Up

1,236' 377 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

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Overview

This route features steep loose climbs and blazing fast downhill. The clockwise direction provides a slightly easier climb and a gnarlier downhill.

Need to Know

Beware:
-This is a Wildlife Management Area, so visit the Department of Game & Inland Fisheries website to know when hunting occurs.
-The trails can be overgrown at times and aren't maintained frequently.
-The Appalachian Trail crosses in a few places. Bikes are not allowed on the A.T.
-This is a multi-use trail system and equestrians may be present.

Description

Park and ride from Lake Thompson Parking Area. To ride the clockwise direction, continue on the Trillium Trail and keep the lake to your right. You'll ride some steep singletrack that will eventually turn to doubletrack after riding next to the fence line of a vineyard (great views). This trail passes the turn off for Verlin Smith Trail after around 1.5 miles and then crosses the A.T. (white blazes) at around mile 2.3 and continues up to Freezeland Road. At the road, turn right and ride the pavement until the WMA kiosk. Ride down the Upper Thompson Lake Trail for 2.5 miles until you reach the lake and the parking area.

Contacts

Land Manager: Virginia DGIF - Thompson

Shared By:

Jonathan McCormick

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  2.8 from 8 votes

#3137

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29% grade with loose rock, definitely a black diamond climb
Apr 7, 2018 near Shenand…, VA
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Feb 5, 2018 near Shenand…, VA

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Jul 27, 2019
Adam Christopher
I rode the Trillium trail. The northern part of the loop off Freezeland rode was so overgrown I went back the Trillium trail.
Nov 11, 2018
Jesse Sutherland
Rode this today and it sadly wasn't too much fun. I went clockwise and it is downhill for the first half. The downhill is full of rocks and washed… 6.2mi
Apr 6, 2018
Bryon Stewart
Riding counter clockwise from Thompson lake is harder. The first 1.5 mi has steep climbs in loose rock. These sections are easier to descend. 9mi — 2h 00m