Shady Mountain

Buena Vista, Virginia 24416

Shady Mountain

Shady Mountain Professional Review and Guide

"This ride's general location is east of the city of Buena Vista and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Scenery includes lush greenery along Pedlar River and some mountain views from Shady Mountain Trail.

This loop begins and ends at Pedlar River Campground on Forest Service 39, using primarily gravel forest roads. This loop is a shortened version of the Pedlar River Loop and eliminates the need to ford the Pedlar. Although it entails some healthy climbing, it ends with a seven-mile downhill that, for most of us, is a darn good tradeoff. Riders of most ability levels will have a good time."

Shady Mountain Reviews

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This was second time on this trail, first time it was overgrown severly, now it has been cleared and the downhill section is very nice.Lots of climbing but a beautiful ride with nice downhill finish.

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Trail Information

Buena Vista
Nearby City
Trail Type
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
Year-round, except when there is snow and ice. Also use caution during hunting season.
1,058 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,640 feet
Top Elevation
Glenwood Ranger District, Jefferson National Forest 540-291-2189
Local Contacts
George Washington National Forest Map of the Pedlar Ranger District; USGS Buena Vista
Local Maps

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Jul 2018