Rowlands Creek Falls Circuit

Marion, Virginia

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This ride's general location is 10 miles south of Marion. Scenery includes several creeks and the falls. This loop is a combination of rocky single-track and wooded forest roads encircling Chestnut Ridge on the northern edge of Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. Its climbs and generally uneven riding surfaces make it a challenge for intermediate and better bikers; however, less-experienced riders who are content to get off and walk when the going gets tough can enjoy much of the Rowlands Creek Falls Circuit. The ride has 2 high points: one is the top of an infamous climb up Jerry's Creek Trail. The second is the series of falls along Rowlands Creek that cascade through a dark, shaded area.
Mountain Bike! Virginia

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Mountain Bike! Virginia

by Randy Porter (Menasha Ridge Press)

This ride's general location is 10 miles south of Marion. Scenery includes several creeks and the falls. This loop is a combination of rocky single-track and wooded forest roads encircling Chestnut Ridge on the northern edge of Mount Rogers National Recreation Area.

Its climbs and generally uneven riding surfaces make it a challenge for intermediate and better bikers; however, less-experienced riders who are content to get off and walk when the going gets tough can enjoy much of the Rowlands Creek Falls Circuit. The ride has 2 high points: one is the top of an infamous climb up Jerry's Creek Trail. The second is the series of falls along Rowlands Creek that cascade through a dark, shaded area.

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

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Marion
Distance: 11.7
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Season: Spring, Summer and Fall, when snow and ice are not obstacles to safe riding. Use caution during hunting seasons.
Trailhead Elevation: 2,580 feet
Top Elevation: 4,200 feet
Local Contacts: Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, 540-783-5196
Local Maps: Jefferson National Forest Map of the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area; USGS Trout Dale and Whitetop Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Rowlands Creek Falls Circuit

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