Barton Gap

Barton Gap, Virginia

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This ride's general location is 15 miles south of Marion. Scenery includes roadside streams lined with towering hemlocks and hardwoods. This loop is relatively short but still quite challenging. Technical challenges are few, but you'll find yourself wishing you'd packed some oxygen while climbing steadily along a forest road and then a rough woods road. Fortunately, there are still downhills in this densely wooded section of Mount Rogers National Recreation Area to make you forget the exertion by the time you finish at Hurricane Creek Campground. Riders should have at least an average degree of fitness. Those looking for a longer ride can combine Barton Gap and Rowlands Creek Falls Circuit to create an immense physical challenge.
Mountain Bike! Virginia

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Mountain Bike! Virginia

by Randy Porter (Menasha Ridge Press)

This ride's general location is 15 miles south of Marion. Scenery includes roadside streams lined with towering hemlocks and hardwoods. This loop is relatively short but still quite challenging. Technical challenges are few, but you'll find yourself wishing you'd packed some oxygen while climbing steadily along a forest road and then a rough woods road.

Fortunately, there are still downhills in this densely wooded section of Mount Rogers National Recreation Area to make you forget the exertion by the time you finish at Hurricane Creek Campground. Riders should have at least an average degree of fitness. Those looking for a longer ride can combine Barton Gap and Rowlands Creek Falls Circuit to create an immense physical challenge.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Barton Gap
Distance: 8.3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Season: Spring through fall. Use caution during hunting seasons.
Trailhead Elevation: 2,700 feet
Top Elevation: 3,500 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 Whitetop Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Barton Gap

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