Dry Run

Covington, Virginia

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This ride's general location is the northern end of Covington. Scenery includes beautiful stands of mountain laurel along Dry Run and views of neighboring peaks. As you begin pedaling on this ride from the end of Cypress Street in Covington onto Dry Run Road (FS 339), you'll find it hard to believe that Dry Run's rushing waters and lush growths of mountain laurel and sassafras will quickly replace the sulfurous smells emanating from Westvaco's smokestacks, but that's exactly what happens. The two-and-a-half-mile, technical double-track descent on Dry Run Trail is guaranteed to keep you grinning for weeks. Most riders of average fitness levels and bike handling skills could do this as a one-way trip, but anyone planning to do a 20-mile round-trip should be intermediate or better-and have a more-than-adequate supply of spare tubes.
Mountain Bike! Virginia

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Mountain Bike! Virginia

by Randy Porter (Menasha Ridge Press)

This ride's general location is the northern end of Covington. Scenery includes beautiful stands of mountain laurel along Dry Run and views of neighboring peaks. As you begin pedaling on this ride from the end of Cypress Street in Covington onto Dry Run Road (FS 339), you'll find it hard to believe that Dry Run's rushing waters and lush growths of mountain laurel and sassafras will quickly replace the sulfurous smells emanating from Westvaco's smokestacks, but that's exactly what happens.

The two-and-a-half-mile, technical double-track descent on Dry Run Trail is guaranteed to keep you grinning for weeks. Most riders of average fitness levels and bike handling skills could do this as a one-way trip, but anyone planning to do a 20-mile round-trip should be intermediate or better-and have a more-than-adequate supply of spare tubes.

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

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Covington
Distance: 10
Trail Type: Shuttle
Technical Difficulty: Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Season: Year-round, except when there is snow and ice. Also use caution during hunting season.
Trailhead Elevation: 1,440 feet
Top Elevation: 3,640 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 Covington
Driving Directions: Directions to Dry Run

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