Massanutten Campout

New Market, Virginia

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This ride's general location is New Market Gap, 5 miles east of New Market. Scenery includes roadside trout streams, dense woods, and mountaintop views from the crest of Massanutten. This is a great introduction to mountain bike camping as this route is set up as a three day point-to-point with overnight camping. The first leg of this 35-mile point-to-point journey is a scant 9.5 miles from the Massanutten Visitor Center to the Camp Roosevelt Recreation Area on a well-maintained, sometimes gated national forest road. Set up camp then do some riding on the Duncan Hollow Trail, which has some great single-track. From there you'll continue northward for 17 miles past Edinburg Gap, across the top of Powell Mountain, and on to Woodstock Gap, where you'll spend the night at the Little Fort Recreation Area the second day. The third and final day of riding will lead you for 8 miles through Little Fort Valley and on to the Elizabeth Furnace Recreation Area. You can leave your gear there and ride single-track to Signal Knob, or drop a fishing line into Passage Creek.
Mountain Bike! Virginia

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Mountain Bike! Virginia

by Randy Porter (Menasha Ridge Press)

This ride's general location is New Market Gap, 5 miles east of New Market. Scenery includes roadside trout streams, dense woods, and mountaintop views from the crest of Massanutten. This is a great introduction to mountain bike camping as this route is set up as a three day point-to-point with overnight camping. The first leg of this 35-mile point-to-point journey is a scant 9.5 miles from the Massanutten Visitor Center to the Camp Roosevelt Recreation Area on a well-maintained, sometimes gated national forest road.

Set up camp then do some riding on the Duncan Hollow Trail, which has some great single-track. From there you'll continue northward for 17 miles past Edinburg Gap, across the top of Powell Mountain, and on to Woodstock Gap, where you'll spend the night at the Little Fort Recreation Area the second day. The third and final day of riding will lead you for 8 miles through Little Fort Valley and on to the Elizabeth Furnace Recreation Area. You can leave your gear there and ride single-track to Signal Knob, or drop a fishing line into Passage Creek.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: New Market
Distance: 34.5
Elevation Gain: 500 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 1,340 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 Hamburg
Driving Directions: Directions to Massanutten Campout

Recent Trail Reviews

4/11/2003
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3 of us went down to the mountain, called ahead of time to make sure the correct trail was open. The day we got there (from NY) only one side of the trail was open (east?) The park rangers told us no problem for biking, its the same layout as the original trail on the far side of the mountain...no good..we carried our bkies for 35 miles..beautiful trail to hike and camp for a couple of days but under no circumstances bike that side of the mountain...be vary wary of the park rangers recommendations when you get down there


10/10/2002
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Bird Knob Circuit Hike The 8.5 mile hike involved some interesting rock formations. There were balancing rocks and balanced rocks in the making. Imagination fills in the gaps as to what the rocks would have looked like without the ancient layers of lichen causing the rocks to wear a dull gray. Reds, auburns, browns and tans peep through, giving us a sense of what the landscape may have looked liked thousands of years ago before the lichens took hold. After reaching the top of the mountain, we were delighted to find a couple of substantial rock outcroppings which offered a sweeping view of the Shenandoah Valley and mountains to the west. The rest of the trail was relatively level except for an elevation change between two ridges at the halfway mark. I enjoyed viewing the wild azaleas which were at their peak on the ridge. They burst forth in various shades of pink. The huckleberry and blueberry bushes were in bloom as well. Within the next month or so, those tasty trailside delicacies should be available to hungry hikers. We encountered several trail runners who were part of the 100K Massanutten Mountain Marathon.



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