Surrounded by the George Washington National Forest and Shenandoah National Park, Rockingham County, Va., is known for its diverse mix of biking options. From peaceful county trails and bike-friendly streets to winding singletrack and challenging mountain bike courses, there’s something for all types and levels of cyclists.
George Washington National Forest is the crown jewel of the region with several hundred miles of backcountry trails and trail projects that have been built and optimized for mountain biking, including Narrowback Mountain, Lookout Mountain, and Wolf Ridge. Some of the best backcountry riding can be found on the TransVirginia Bike Route, 550 miles on a new gravel bikepacking and touring route focused on rideable, non-technical, unpaved terrain.
A biking trip to the area wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Massanutten Resort. As one of only two lift-accessible mountain bike parks in the state, the lower and upper lifts take riders up the mountain so they can enjoy the rocky terrain on the way down. The Western Slope Trails offer an additional 30 miles that make up an ever-growing network of trails. Be sure to keep an eye on the calendar throughout the year for a variety of events and races.
Several bike shops and outfitters in the area offer a variety of services while you’re in town. Swing by Mole Hill Bikes in Dayton for all of your gear and repair needs. If you’re looking to improve your skills out on the road or on the trail, the fine folks at East Coast Bicycle Academy and TakeAim Cycling can help make biking a more enjoyable and safe experience for everyone. Want to ride like a local? Book a tour of the area, including George Washington National Forest, with Bluestone Bike & Run and Shenandoah Mountain Touring. With all of this concentrated local knowledge, plus weekly group rides and events throughout the year, it’s easy to see why cyclists of all types are attracted to the area.
As you’re exploring the county’s trails and country roads, make time to stop at one of the area’s fine breweries or wineries. Soak up the mountain views, stroll through fields of lavender, and jam along to live music as you sip on homegrown craft beverages. Plus, with dozens of restaurants, three farmers markets, and a creamery, you’re sure to find a treat to satisfy your cravings.
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