Off The Beaten Track Volume V: A Guide to Mountain Biking in Northern Virginia
by Jim Parham (Milestone Press)
© Jim Parham/Milestone Press. All Rights Reserved.
Fantastic riding through the beautiful Shenandoah.
Ah, Hankey. It is smooth, but not totally. There are a few rocky ledges to negotiate. But the best thing about this ride is the beautiful wildflowers and wildlife. I have seen salamanders, grouse and some wild columbine on this trail--well, on the climb, at least. Once you hit the downhill, you're going too fast to really check out the scenery. It's pretty fun, and a good long climb--about 1/2 hour or more of straight climbing, with a real tough top and a false summit, to be prepared to keep climbing just when you think you're done--make sure to hit Dowell's Draft trail on the way down for the fun downhill.
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