Spec Mines

Buchanan, Virginia

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This ride's general location is 15 miles southwest of Buchanan and just south of Black Horse Gap on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Scenery includes forest roads surrounded by dense woods and awesome views from the Blue Ridge Parkway. This loop will take you across the Blue Ridge Parkway on Old Sweet Springs Road at Black Horse Gap. Almost half of this ride follows the gravel and hard-packed, wide Glenwood Horse Trail, and the rest traverses the Blue Ridge Parkway. Be sure to yield the right of way to horses. Although there are some decent ups and downs, the 21-mile distance is the only limiting factor for less-experienced riders.
Mountain Bike! Virginia

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Mountain Bike! Virginia

by Randy Porter (Menasha Ridge Press)

This ride's general location is 15 miles southwest of Buchanan and just south of Black Horse Gap on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Scenery includes forest roads surrounded by dense woods and awesome views from the Blue Ridge Parkway.

This loop will take you across the Blue Ridge Parkway on Old Sweet Springs Road at Black Horse Gap. Almost half of this ride follows the gravel and hard-packed, wide Glenwood Horse Trail, and the rest traverses the Blue Ridge Parkway. Be sure to yield the right of way to horses. Although there are some decent ups and downs, the 21-mile distance is the only limiting factor for less-experienced riders.

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Activity Type: Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Buchanan
Distance: 21
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Season: Year-round, except when there is snow and ice. Also use caution during hunting season.
Trailhead Elevation: 1,220 feet
Top Elevation: 2,527 feet
Local Contacts: Glenwood Ranger District, Jefferson National Forest 540-291-2188
Local Maps: Jefferson National Forest Map of the Glenwood Ranger District; USGS Montvale & Villamont
Driving Directions: Directions to Spec Mines

Recent Trail Reviews

7/19/2009
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The directions were not helpful and we were unable to find the trail head.


2/3/2001
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Spec Mines is a beautiful ride directly off of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Starts with a beautiful piece of single track. Approx 2.5 miles long. Later breaks into a fire road, then back to single track. Evently you will climb a fireroad back to the BRP, and then travel 4 miles south back to your parked car. Enjoy



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Apr 2018