The Long Way to Reddish Knob

Staunton, Virginia

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This ride's general location is 20 miles west of Staunton. Scenery includes dense, wooded roadside areas and super views of neighboring peaks. This loop on lightly traveled National Forest roads has its share of ups and downs, including a six-mile thigh-buster from West Virginia up to Reddish Knob. The 7.5 mile descent back to the start will probably make you forget the tough parts of the ride. Although entirely on hard-packed dirt and gravel Forest Service roads, rides such as this one lack nothing. There are virtually no cars for the first 13 miles. This ride provides a good workout in terms of required climbing but little technical skill. If the prospect of a 6-mile ride with a 6-mile climb thrown in does not intimidate you, have at it.
Mountain Bike! Virginia

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Mountain Bike! Virginia

by Randy Porter (Menasha Ridge Press)

This ride's general location is 20 miles west of Staunton. Scenery includes dense, wooded roadside areas and super views of neighboring peaks. This loop on lightly traveled National Forest roads has its share of ups and downs, including a six-mile thigh-buster from West Virginia up to Reddish Knob. The 7.5 mile descent back to the start will probably make you forget the tough parts of the ride.

Although entirely on hard-packed dirt and gravel Forest Service roads, rides such as this one lack nothing. There are virtually no cars for the first 13 miles. This ride provides a good workout in terms of required climbing but little technical skill. If the prospect of a 6-mile ride with a 6-mile climb thrown in does not intimidate you, have at it.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Staunton
Distance: 26
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Season: Year-round, except when there is snow and ice. Also use caution during hunting season.
Local Contacts: Dry River Ranger District, George Washington National Forest 540-828-2591
Local Maps: George Washington National Forest Map of the Dry River Ranger District; USGS Palo Alto, Reddish Knob, and West Augusta
Driving Directions: Directions to The Long Way to Reddish Knob

Recent Trail Reviews

7/24/2000
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Ok, we are going to have to assume that this is the road that comes from the South to ascend Reddish from the road near Todd Lake and North River Campground area. It is actually a 18 mile climb if you do it that way, and the fastest way is on a road bike. It takes about 3-4 hours for the whole loop, and the ascent to Reddish kills, but you really feel like you've done something when you're done, and then you come back past the Briery Branch dam, and you can really scream on the DH--like 45 mph, if you're into that. But I have seen cars and other vehicles every one of the 3 times I've done this ride, so don't assume it is totally car-free. And if you make it all the way up to the top of Reddish, you might want to take one of the great downhills down, instead of riding the road. There are many ways to get down!



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