Elizabeth Furnace

Front Royal, Virginia

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This is a tough ride. Folks new to the sport will hate it unless they turn around at Strasburg Reservoir and stay away from Signal Knob and the Green Mountain climb. People come here all the time to tame the steeps and conquer the rocky descents on their high-en full suspension bikes. They usually fail. So why do so many cyclists keep coming back year-round, winter, spring, summer, and fall? simply put, Elizabeth Furnace is home to some of the best all-around mountain bike trails in all of Northern Virginia. Bar none, It's steep. It's dangerous. It's long. It's fast. It's a blast. Trail Surface: Mountainous, rocky singletrack and forest roads.
Mountain Biking Virginia

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Mountain Biking Virginia

by Scott Adams (Falcon Guides)

This is a tough ride. Folks new to the sport will hate it unless they turn around at Strasburg Reservoir and stay away from Signal Knob and the Green Mountain climb. People come here all the time to tame the steeps and conquer the rocky descents on their high-en full suspension bikes. They usually fail.

So why do so many cyclists keep coming back year-round, winter, spring, summer, and fall? simply put, Elizabeth Furnace is home to some of the best all-around mountain bike trails in all of Northern Virginia. Bar none, It's steep. It's dangerous. It's long. It's fast. It's a blast. Trail Surface: Mountainous, rocky singletrack and forest roads.

©  Scott Adams/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Front Royal
Distance: 13.3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 4.5 hours
Season: Public land, accessible year-round.
Trailhead Elevation: 1,000 feet
Top Elevation: 1,950 feet
Local Contacts: Lee Ranger District, George Washington National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Strasburg and Toms Brook. George Washington National Forest topo Lee Ranger District. National Forest Service trail map.
Driving Directions: Directions to Elizabeth Furnace

Recent Trail Reviews

7/11/2005
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This is my second review of the same trail, however using the trail map and description of Elizabeth Furnace, I was able to find my way through the mountain, unlike the Bear Wallow map/description. Strasburg Resovior was awsome, as usual, this time I swam out to the overflow drainage structure and dove off a couple times. I had my first encounter with a rattlesnake on the climb to the resovior. The only downfall of the entire trip was the climb to Meneka Peak on the Blue trail. I had to walk the bike approximately 1.5 miles through some pretty tough rocks. I'll definitely ride this trail again.



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