Whitetop Mountain

Damascus, Virginia

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This ride's general location is 15 miles east of Damascus. Scenery includes great top-of-the-world views. Whitetop Mountain remains the highest point you can climb on a mountain bike. Those of you who want to look down on the rest of Virginia will want to make a run at this out-and-back. You can also view mountain peaks in neighboring North Carolina and Tennessee from here. Anyone attempting this ride should be a strong climber, since you'll gain nearly 1,000 feet during the 4.2 mile "out" portion of this thigh burner.
Mountain Bike! Virginia

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Mountain Bike! Virginia

by Randy Porter (Menasha Ridge Press)

This ride's general location is 15 miles east of Damascus. Scenery includes great top-of-the-world views. Whitetop Mountain remains the highest point you can climb on a mountain bike.

Those of you who want to look down on the rest of Virginia will want to make a run at this out-and-back. You can also view mountain peaks in neighboring North Carolina and Tennessee from here. Anyone attempting this ride should be a strong climber, since you'll gain nearly 1,000 feet during the 4.2 mile "out" portion of this thigh burner.

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

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Damascus
Distance: 8.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy
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: 4,500 feet
Top Elevation: 5,500 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 Whitetop Mountain

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