Brush Mountain

Blacksburg, Virginia 24061

Brush Mountain

Brush Mountain Professional Review and Guide

"Brush Mountain has become, for nearly all off-road cyclists in this area, the quintessential mountain biking haven. Its proximity to town and campus- the mountain is cycling distance from the Virginia Tech campus- makes Brush Mountain an ideal place for busy students to ride. This mountain is also home to some of the finest off-road bicycling trails in the state of Virginia.

The Brush and Gap Mountain multiple-use trails have not gone under-appreciated. Local clubs practice regular trail maintenance to preserve this mountain biking mecca. There are numerous waterbeds strategically placed along the steep descents that protect the trails form excessive run-off and erosion. Trail courdoroying, a method of repairing wet or muddy trails, is also evident throughout the mountain's trail system, further maintaining the trail's integrity form so much use. Trail Surface: Singletrack and gravel road."

Brush Mountain Reviews

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I live here so I figured I'd pass on the info from a local perspective, since the "trail guide" doesn't tell you anything about the real riding. First, Horse Nettle, which is an easy uphill, and is easy to find from the first parking lot. Once at the top of Horse, go right. You then have several choices. First is Sidewinder aka snakeroot which is narrow, windy, and rooty. It starts on a little side road off to the right about 1 mile down from Horse. Just down the road after sidewinder going off to the left is Old Farm, the local favorite, and a must-ride. It's fun, fast, and technical, especially on the uphill. If you started in pandapas you'll have to go down and then back up Farm because it's on the wrong side of the mountain. Alternately, you can do only farm (in Blacksburg, get on Glade, R on Shadow Lake Rd, L on Meadowbrook. Park 1/4 mile later) On the right side of the fire road at the top is Beast aka Jacob's Ladder. If you like 3 ft drops and going really fast this is the trail for you, just watch out because there really are 3 ft drops near the bottom. Further down on your right is Beauty, an awesome trail. Keep your eyes peeled for it about 1.5 miles after Beast and Farm. It's windy and fast, if you do it be ready to launch off the rolling jumps at the bottom after the little uphill. If you want something really steep then check out Slim Jim, which goes off to your right at the fire circle before Sidewinder. There's also Hairball, to get there turn around at the fire circle and go back about 2 or 3 hills, it will then be heading off to your left at the top of a rise. Both are REALLY steep, pretty loose and require a good amount of skill. Be very careful if you decide to do either of them. Check out Gap Mtn. trails too. If you're only making one trip to Bburg I'd recommend an up Sidewinder, down/up Farm, then down Beast or Beauty loop so that you get the most out of your riding. Happy riding!
Wow! What a nice network of trails. I am from Ohio and passed through the area during a business trip. The trails are well marked and I entered the trails at the Pond entry with ample parking and good trail head maps. I did the climb from the pond up to the Fireroad and up the top of Brush Mtn. I must say the climb is pretty long and takes alot of breathing and pumping to make it. Once at the top of the fireroad the downhills were sweet. I couldn't help but let out a few yells along the way. Good speed and technical all in one. The creek crossings were nice and many little trails along the way back to the pond made for a nice finish to the ride. Next time I am in the area, I am looking forward to returning to Brush Mtn.
Challenging but the directions on the trail are a little confusing . . . A must if you are in the area!
Some of the sweetest singletrack in the state of VA. Located just west of Va Tech campus, this is an incredible place to ride. Developed by the local bikers, in cordination with the forest service personel, this is a welcome place to hike, bike and ride a horse. Trails are very well marked and offer all levels of riding. While there be sure to check out Sidewinder. This is a combination of some of the nicest singletrack around, coupled with a doubletrack with some incredible banked turns.

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Trail Information

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Trail Type
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
2.5 hours
Year-round -- weather permitting.
2,550 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,800 feet
Top Elevation
Jefferson National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Blacksburg and Newport. Jefferson National Forest topo Blacksburg District.
Local Maps

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Jul 2018