Bear Wallow

Elizabeth Furnace, Virginia

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This is a delightful ride that starts out easy and ends with a bang. The route takes you through Mud Hole Gap (which has more stream crossings than mud holes), beside the remote Strasburg Reservoir, and finally over rocky-topped Green Mountain. Highlights: Stream crossings, bogs, views, lake, boulder fields
Off The Beaten Track Volume V: A Guide to Mountain Biking in Northern Virginia

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Off The Beaten Track Volume V: A Guide to Mountain Biking in Northern Virginia

by Jim Parham (Milestone Press)

This is a delightful ride that starts out easy and ends with a bang. The route takes you through Mud Hole Gap (which has more stream crossings than mud holes), beside the remote Strasburg Reservoir, and finally over rocky-topped Green Mountain.

Highlights: Stream crossings, bogs, views, lake, boulder fields

©  Jim Parham/Milestone Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Elizabeth Furnace
Distance: 11
Elevation Gain: 1,490 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 2.5 hours - intermediate level
Trailhead Elevation: 750 feet
Top Elevation: 2,240 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Bear Wallow

Recent Trail Reviews

11/23/2007
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I rode the trail with my Dad the day after Thanksgiving. It was an awesome ride with a lot of different elements. However, I would not really recommend bringing a beginner on it. Up till mile 7, it was pretty easy, no major hills to climb, everything was gradual. First off, if you are looking for the Bear Wallow Trail sign, it is no longer there, but there is an old sign post that is falling apart and the markings are now a light blue instead of white. The trail climbs straight up about 1/2 - 3/4 of a mile over massive rocks the size of softballs to watermelons, 50% unrideable, but it was a quick way to get to the top. After that, the trail drops off with about another mile of nasty boulder fields, about 75% rideable, but no way rideable for beginners. The trail eventually smooths out a little for an awesome ride back to the car. Make sure to take your second right towards the end of the ride, the first one is Glass House trail and neither have signs or are marked well. I would definitely go back again!!



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