Cave Mountain Lake

Arcadia, Virginia

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This ride's general location is 5 miles south of Natural Bridge. Scenery includes densely wooded forestland en route to excellent views of neighboring peaks. This loop ascends and descends Wildcat Mountain via gravel forest roads, single-track, and a short stretch of hard-surface road. Climbers will enjoy the 6.3-mile ascent, which in not unduly steep but seems to go on forever. Many more riders will enjoy the four-mile descent from the crest of the climb, and everyone will savor a swim at Cave Mountain Lake after the ride. A nice feature of the ride is the terrific views of neighboring peaks as you gain altitude. This ride offers no technical challenges aside from the single-track descent on the Wildcat Mountain Trail, but riders should be fit enough to handle the 6.3 mile climb on Forest Service roads starting just outside Cave Mountain Lake Recreation Area. Plan to visit the caverns at Natural Bridge.
Mountain Bike! Virginia

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Mountain Bike! Virginia

by Randy Porter (Menasha Ridge Press)

This ride's general location is 5 miles south of Natural Bridge. Scenery includes densely wooded forestland en route to excellent views of neighboring peaks. This loop ascends and descends Wildcat Mountain via gravel forest roads, single-track, and a short stretch of hard-surface road.

Climbers will enjoy the 6.3-mile ascent, which in not unduly steep but seems to go on forever. Many more riders will enjoy the four-mile descent from the crest of the climb, and everyone will savor a swim at Cave Mountain Lake after the ride. A nice feature of the ride is the terrific views of neighboring peaks as you gain altitude. This ride offers no technical challenges aside from the single-track descent on the Wildcat Mountain Trail, but riders should be fit enough to handle the 6.3 mile climb on Forest Service roads starting just outside Cave Mountain Lake Recreation Area. Plan to visit the caverns at Natural Bridge.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Arcadia
Distance: 13.5
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.
Trailhead Elevation: 1,400 feet
Top Elevation: 2,000 feet
Local Contacts: Glenwood Ranger District, Jefferson National Forest 540-291-2189
Local Maps: Jefferson National Forest Map of the Glenwood Ranger District; USGS Arnold Valley
Driving Directions: Directions to Cave Mountain Lake

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