Trample fallen leaves and enjoy the cooler temps on an autumn bike ride in Rockingham County, Virginia. Home to Shenandoah National Park and the George Washington National Forest, you are guaranteed to fall in love with all of the biking options here.
While it is still warm enough, piece together a route near the South Fork of the Shenandoah River to explore picturesque county roads, charming towns, and the option to paddle or tube after a long ride. For more water activities, be sure to check out Switzer Lake and Lake Shenandoah, which offer great fishing, boating, picnicking, and hiking opportunities.
For those looking for speedy descents, the Massanutten Western Slope is the perfect place for you. Explore over 30 miles of mountain bike trails with sweet singletrack, technical features, and endless twists and turns. Ideal for intermediate and advanced riders, you are sure to fine-tune your skills on trails like Laird’s Loop, Puzzler, and Skill’s Kitchen. For a loop with a little bit of everything, Narrowback Mountain Loop Trail in George Washington National Forest will be sure to satisfy. This 15-mile, mostly singletrack route includes ridgeline riding, rocky sections, and a memorable descent.
Make your bike trip even better with a stop at one of the many fall festivals in the area. The Massanutten Fall Festival takes place on Saturday, October 14 and features live music, kids activities, arts and crafts vendors, a beer and wine garden, scenic chairlift rides, and more! Visit all the unique downtown shops and discover the town of Dayton at the Dayton Days Autumn Celebration, happening Saturday, October 7, or head to the Elkton Autumn Days occurring October 21 to 22, for even more local artists and vendors.
For some additional fall fun in Rockingham County, pick some fresh apples at Showalter’s Orchard or Cross Keys Farm. Or, choose your own pumpkin and frolic through the sunflowers and corn mazes at Back Home on the Farm, Every Soul Acres, and The Farm at Court Manor. With so many great options, you will be feeling the fall spirit.
After your biking and fall activities are done, eat outside at Thirsty’s Burgers, adjacent to Massanutten Resort, at the Harvest Table in Dayton, or Memo’s Wings in Elkton. Lil’ Guss’ Grill is also a solid option in Grottoes, which serves craft beers and good ol’ American cooking.