Hot Springs Classic

Monterey, Virginia

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The Hot Springs Classic is an extremely rural spin through the Allegheny Mountains of Virginia’s Western Highlands. Although the classic can be completed in one day, it is designed as a two-day trip with back-to-back challenges and an overnight in the charming spa town of Hot Springs. Cycle through Highland County, the third least-populated county east of the Mississippi, whose rugged beauty led to its nickname, “Virginia’s Switzerland.” Then on to Bath County, where forests comprise 89 percent of the land and where not a single traffic light, billboard, or mosquito can be found. Pamper yourself in the world-famous Homestead Resort, and soak those tired muscles in the therapeutic waters. The classic ends with a bang, as a 6-mile climb up and over the Alleghenies brings you back to the maple syrup–producing hamlet of Monterey. Terrain: Several challenging mountain climbs suitable for advanced cyclists only. Some long, easy stretches through the valleys. Hilly terrain.
Road Biking Virginia

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Road Biking Virginia

by Jim Homerosky (Falcon Guides)

The Hot Springs Classic is an extremely rural spin through the Allegheny Mountains of Virginia’s Western Highlands. Although the classic can be completed in one day, it is designed as a two-day trip with back-to-back challenges and an overnight in the charming spa town of Hot Springs. Cycle through Highland County, the third least-populated county east of the Mississippi, whose rugged beauty led to its nickname, “Virginia’s Switzerland.”

Then on to Bath County, where forests comprise 89 percent of the land and where not a single traffic light, billboard, or mosquito can be found. Pamper yourself in the world-famous Homestead Resort, and soak those tired muscles in the therapeutic waters. The classic ends with a bang, as a 6-mile climb up and over the Alleghenies brings you back to the maple syrup–producing hamlet of Monterey. Terrain: Several challenging mountain climbs suitable for advanced cyclists only. Some long, easy stretches through the valleys. Hilly terrain.

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Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Monterey
Distance: 92
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Year-round; best spring and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 3,000 feet
Top Elevation: 3,500 feet
Local Contacts: Highland County Chamber of Commerce
Local Maps: DeLorme Virginia Atlas and Gazetteer
Driving Directions: Directions to Hot Springs Classic

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