Longdale Recreation Area

Lexington, Virginia

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This ride's general location is 15 miles west of Lexington. Scenery includes pedaling in the shadow of North Mountain, then through a densely wooded riparian area along Sinking Creek. This loop is a good beginner's alternative to the tough climb that is part of the North Mountain Ridge route that also starts at the Longdale Recreation Area. The majority of the ride follows moderate ups and downs on gravel Forest Service roads, but undoubtedly the best part is a three-mile section of logging road and single-track that carves its way through a wooded section of Boggs Hollow and crisscrosses Sinking Creek. The woods section is the only part that might cause any problems for novice bikers, but walk it and enjoy the rest.
Mountain Bike! Virginia

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Mountain Bike! Virginia

by Randy Porter (Menasha Ridge Press)

This ride's general location is 15 miles west of Lexington. Scenery includes pedaling in the shadow of North Mountain, then through a densely wooded riparian area along Sinking Creek. This loop is a good beginner's alternative to the tough climb that is part of the North Mountain Ridge route that also starts at the Longdale Recreation Area.

The majority of the ride follows moderate ups and downs on gravel Forest Service roads, but undoubtedly the best part is a three-mile section of logging road and single-track that carves its way through a wooded section of Boggs Hollow and crisscrosses Sinking Creek. The woods section is the only part that might cause any problems for novice bikers, but walk it and enjoy the rest.

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

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Lexington
Distance: 11
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Season: Summer is best for families, but ride is good all-year unless there is snow and ice.
Trailhead Elevation: 1,335 feet
Top Elevation: 1,980 feet
Local Contacts: James River Ranger District, George Washington National Forest 703-962-2214
Local Maps: George Washington National Forest Map of the James River Ranger District; USGS Clifton Forge, Longdale Furnace, and Sugarloaf Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Longdale Recreation Area

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