North River Gorge Trail

Staunton, Virginia

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This ride's general location is 25 miles Northwest of Staunton and about the same distance southwest of Harrisonburg. Scenery includes dense woods and rock outcroppings in the gorge formed by this beautiful mountain stream. This easy out-and-back is a good beginners trail. The trail expands and contracts between single- and double-track as it roughly follows North River through the woods in this small valley, which lies between Lookout and Trimble Mts. Although this is a fairly easy ride, several rocky sections in addition to the dozen river crossings might offer a good technical challenge even for advanced riders. This is also a great spot for seeing wildlife, maybe even a black bear.
Mountain Bike! Virginia

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Mountain Bike! Virginia

by Randy Porter (Menasha Ridge Press)

This ride's general location is 25 miles Northwest of Staunton and about the same distance southwest of Harrisonburg. Scenery includes dense woods and rock outcroppings in the gorge formed by this beautiful mountain stream. This easy out-and-back is a good beginners trail. The trail expands and contracts between single- and double-track as it roughly follows North River through the woods in this small valley, which lies between Lookout and Trimble Mts.

Although this is a fairly easy ride, several rocky sections in addition to the dozen river crossings might offer a good technical challenge even for advanced riders. This is also a great spot for seeing wildlife, maybe even a black bear.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Staunton
Distance: 8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Easy
Season: Late spring through early fall is best. Use caution during hunting seasons.
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 Stokesville
Driving Directions: Directions to North River Gorge Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

5/13/2010
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A really fun ride!! While it may not challenge you aerobically, it will however give you quite a challenge with the numerous river crossings. We were able to ride across most of the river crossings, but some of them were quite deep so cross carefully. You will cross the river over 20 times if you make it an "out and back" ride so be sure to bring some dry socks for the drive home!



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