Bike the Shenandoah Valley
 


Off-Road Routes

These routes have been noted as suitable for families and beginner riders. These "off-road" routes also include a list of mountain biking routes and trails available. We hope you will find this page to be helpful in planning your ride.

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  Grottoes
Path between Mountain View Park and Grand Caverns Park Consists of a combination of sidewalks and shared use paths. Easy access, beautiful views, destinations are family friendly.

Begins at Mountain View Park (1100 20th Street)
Ends at Grand Caverns Park (5 Grand Caverns Drive)

Parking areas available at either park.

Landmarks: Mountain View Park, Grand Caverns Park, South River
  • Pavement
  • Multi-Use Path
  • Sidewalks
  • Public Access
  • Available Daily
  • Parks Close at Dusk
  • Suburban/Residential location
  • Hilly & Level Route
  • Parking
  • Restrooms
  • Playgrounds
  • Tennis Courts
  • Trask Receptacles

  Montgomery Hall Park - Staunton
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Montgomery Hall Park is located just south of Stuart Street off Montgomery Avenue in the southwest portion of the City. Montgomery Hall Park's 148 acres include rolling hills, quiet woodlands, sports fields, playgrounds, picnic shelters, trails, and a public swimming pool.

  Rocktown Trails - Harrisonburg
A natural surface single-track trail system designed for mountain bikers and trail walkers/runners.  The trail system provides three different levels of difficulty to appeal to a complete spectrumof runners, walkers and cyclists from novice to expert.  Designed and developed in accordance with the IMBA guidelines for sustainable shared-use trails, it has a system of stacked loop trails with three levels of difficulty from easiest to more difficult and then leading to most difficult. 

Hillandale Park, 710 Hillandale Avenue,  Harrisonburg, Va 22801
Take Hillandale Avenue off of Va. 42 south (South High Street) in Harrisonburg. Follow Hillandale Avenue into the park.  Trailhead is on the right before circle.                 
  • Singletrack Mountain bike trail System
  • Route terrain varies from flat to hilly
  • Suburban/Residential location
  • Hillandale Park open during daylight hours
  • Parking
  • Restrooms
  • Water
  • Picninc shelters
  • Regulation sand volleyball court
  • Basketball courts
  • Playgrounds
  • Trash receptacles

 


  Bluestone Trail - Harrisonburg
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The Bluestone Trail is a 1-mile shared-use path that connects people between James Madison University; Port Republic Road and Hillside Avenue; Purcell Park and the surrounding neighborhood; and businesses along Stone Spring Road.

The shared-use path is 10-feet wide, hard surfaced, and is used by many walkers, joggers, and bicyclists for transportation and recreation.

Future phases of this project, to extend it south to Ramblewood Park and north to Downtown Harrisonburg, will be completed as funding becomes available.

Parking is available at Purcell Park.

Landmarks: James Madison University, Purcell Park, Blacks Run.

  • 10-foot Paved Traill
  • Multi-Use
  • Public Access
  • Open Daily
  • Hilly & Level Route
  • Parking
  • Restrooms
  • Playgrounds
  • Tennis Courts
  • Softball Fields
  • Purcell Park 1.5-mile walking trail
  • Trash receptacles

  Buck Run Loop Trail - Highland County
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Part of the trail is an old railroad bed—wide, and reasonably level.  Other parts of the trail are a little more challenging and include an uphill climb.    

From Monterey, drive west on US Route 250.  Right on Route 637 (Maple Sugar Road).   Right on Route 640 (Blue Grass Valley Road).  Left on Route 642.  Paved road becomes graveled after 1 mile; take left fork.  Follow Route 642 approximately 9 miles to Route 106.  Right on Route 106 to Locust Springs Recreation Area & Campground.

             

  Buckrun Trail/Locust Spring - Highland County
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Rough trail that involves crossing back and forth over a small stream.  Relatively steep elevation downhill over first three miles, followed by a three mile climb.   

From Monterey, drive west on US Route 250.  Right on Route 637 (Maple Sugar Road).   Right on Route 640 (Blue Grass Valley Road).  Left on Route 642.  Paved road becomes graveled after 1 mile; take left fork.  Follow Route 642 approximately 9 miles to Route 106.  Right on Route 106 to Locust Springs Recreation Area & Campground.

             

  McDowell Battlefield Trail - Highland County
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McDowell Battlefield Trail leads to the top of Sittlington Hill and the core of the McDowell Battlefield where a (Civil War) battle was fought on May 8, 1862.  

Parking lot located approximately 2 miles east of McDowell on south side of US Route 250.        


  South River Greenway - Waynesboro
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The South River Greenway in the City of Waynesboro links the Loth Springs Trailhead to Constitution Park, home to Waynesboro's Farmers Market, Arboretum, and the site designated as Virginia's first Urban Trout Fishery.

The nearly one mile paved path stretches from the Dominion Shelter in Constitution Park, meanders along the South River and terminates at the Loth Springs trailhead area benind the YMCA. Walkers, runners, bikers, and fishermen will find a peaceful setting to get out and enjoy where good nature comes naturally.

Parking lots at either end, Loth Springs Parking area located behind the YMCA on Arch Avenue. Parking area for Dominion Shelter at Constitution Park on McElroy Street, between W. Main Street and Short Street.

Landmarks: Constitution Park, Loth Springs Trail, South River

  • Pavement
  • Multi-Use Path
  • Public Access
  • Available Daily
  • Constitution Park open from sunrise to sunset
  • Suburban/Residential
  • Level/Flat Route
  • Parking
  • Restrooms
  • Bike Racks
  • Shelter with picnic tables
  • Trask Receptacles
  • Arboretum
  • Fishing

  Big Gem Park - Town of Shenandoah

Convenienty located in the Town of Shenandoah. A looped mountain bike and hiking trail, also features a mountain bike pump track.

The looped trail is approximately 1 mile long and is named the Green Trail, named after Clinon O. Lucas Jr. who has been serving as Town Mayor for over 21 years. The course is looped, but also has an outlet to Seventh Street. Trail is maintained by Town of Shenandoah.

Begins at Big Gem Park, 736 Fourth Street, Shenandoah, VA.
Ends at same place as the beginning, but also has an outlet to Seventh St.

Other activities available: Fishing, canoeing, hiking, bird watching

Landmarks: Big Gem Park, Dollar General, Spring-fed pond, and Shenandoah River within 1 mile

  • Mountain bike trail
  • Parking
  • Restrooms
  • Mostly level route
  • Park closes at dusk
  • Water
  • Food - Restaurants less than 1 mile away with bike racks.
  • Ball Fields
  • Playgrounds
  • Tennis Courts - less than 1 mile away
  • Trash receptacles
  • Gazebo, benches, and picnic tables on site
 
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