Elizabeth Furnace

Front Royal, Virginia 22630

Elizabeth Furnace

Elizabeth Furnace Professional Review and Guide

"This ride's general location is 10 miles west of Front Royal. Scenery includes great views of the neighboring Massanutten Range. This loop covers a little bit of everything from hard-packed gravel forest road to technical single-track, so it's not for the wary or those with amateur bike-handling skills.

Fortunately, the first seven miles lend themselves to an easier 14-mile out-and-back alternative that skips the single-track ascent and descent across the top of Green Mountain, the toughest part of the ride. This ride will offer you a golden opportunity to explore the beautiful northern end of Massanutten Mt."

Elizabeth Furnace Reviews

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REAL technical. So technical i felt like 'what's the point' because the second 1/2 of the ride you are off your bike quite a bit. There is a long uphill where you have to be very, very good to ride it. I consider myself pretty good, but I had to walk. I like rides where I am acually riding, not hiking. Gambrill is nice; technical and rocky but you can stay on your bike.
This is one of the best rides I've had this year! We were lacking any sort of trail map, so we took an educated guess at the best way up the mtn. We chose...unwisely. We finally reached Signal Knob after 1.5 hours of hike-a-bike straight up the rocks. The next 2 hours of riding more than made up for the agony of the climb. Here you have an awesome mach speed fire road descending about 500 feet. Also some of the best singletrack riding in the area.

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Trail Information

Front Royal
Nearby City
795 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Difficult
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
Year-round, but use caution during hunting seasons and when it is snowy and icy
785 feet
Trailhead Elevation
Top Elevation
Lee Ranger District, George Washington National Forest 540-984-4101
Local Contacts
George Washington National Forest Map of the Lee Ranger District; USGS Strasburg and Toms Brook
Local Maps

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Jul 2018