Elizabeth Furnace

Front Royal, Virginia

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This ride's general location is 10 miles west of Front Royal. Scenery includes great views of the neighboring Massanutten Range. This loop covers a little bit of everything from hard-packed gravel forest road to technical single-track, so it's not for the wary or those with amateur bike-handling skills. Fortunately, the first seven miles lend themselves to an easier 14-mile out-and-back alternative that skips the single-track ascent and descent across the top of Green Mountain, the toughest part of the ride. This ride will offer you a golden opportunity to explore the beautiful northern end of Massanutten Mt.
Mountain Bike! Virginia

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Mountain Bike! Virginia

by Randy Porter (Menasha Ridge Press)

This ride's general location is 10 miles west of Front Royal. Scenery includes great views of the neighboring Massanutten Range. This loop covers a little bit of everything from hard-packed gravel forest road to technical single-track, so it's not for the wary or those with amateur bike-handling skills.

Fortunately, the first seven miles lend themselves to an easier 14-mile out-and-back alternative that skips the single-track ascent and descent across the top of Green Mountain, the toughest part of the ride. This ride will offer you a golden opportunity to explore the beautiful northern end of Massanutten Mt.

©  Randy Porter/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Front Royal
Distance: 11.5
Elevation Gain: 795 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Season: Year-round, but use caution during hunting seasons and when it is snowy and icy
Trailhead Elevation: 785 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Lee Ranger District, George Washington National Forest 540-984-4101
Local Maps: George Washington National Forest Map of the Lee Ranger District; USGS Strasburg and Toms Brook
Driving Directions: Directions to Elizabeth Furnace

Recent Trail Reviews

6/10/2006
0

REAL technical. So technical i felt like 'what's the point' because the second 1/2 of the ride you are off your bike quite a bit. There is a long uphill where you have to be very, very good to ride it. I consider myself pretty good, but I had to walk. I like rides where I am acually riding, not hiking. Gambrill is nice; technical and rocky but you can stay on your bike.


10/9/2000
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This is one of the best rides I've had this year! We were lacking any sort of trail map, so we took an educated guess at the best way up the mtn. We chose...unwisely. We finally reached Signal Knob after 1.5 hours of hike-a-bike straight up the rocks. The next 2 hours of riding more than made up for the agony of the climb. Here you have an awesome mach speed fire road descending about 500 feet. Also some of the best singletrack riding in the area.



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