Wallace Tract

Williamsville, Virginia 24487

Wallace Tract

Wallace Tract Professional Review and Guide

"This ride's general location is 45 miles west of Staunton near Williamsville. Scenery includes rivers, dense woods and views of neighboring peaks. Ride the trail and enjoy how the rivers have carved an attractive setting out of the expansive open fields and rocky crags that line this secluded western Virginia landscape.

This loop will also include a 5-mile climb into the clouds, the subsequent descent along single-track Wallace Tract Trail, and a glimpse of the entebellum Wallace House before crossing a swinging cable and wooded footbridge over Cowpasture River. From there you climb back through Williamsville before returning to the start. You ride may require some enthusiasm for bushwhacking through overgrown fields, and technically inclined riders may rather spend their time pedaling hard-surface county roads and hard-packed Forest Service roads, but this ride certainly has a charm all its own."

Wallace Tract Reviews

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7/14/2001
What an adventure! This trail is not for the casual rider. It involves some tough physical and mental challenges. This was my first foray into the Virginia mountains and the climbs were a good challenge. I also saw a lot of wildlife including deer and turkeys (and no cars). The Wallace Tract hiking trail is very overgrown and thickly covered with fallen leaves making the decent a bit nerve wracking since it's almost impossible to see objects on the trail like logs, rocks, and critters. The bushwacking between the end of the single track and the footbridge across the Cowpasture River was an even bigger ordeal. The so-called cultivated farmland is no longer being cultivated and the growth was 3 or 4 feet high. There were no visible trails across the field and there was no way to see the footbridge. It turns out that the footbridge is well left (south) of the trail end. I opted for taking the shortest distance to the river and had to slug through some very thick growth and then I had to wade through the river (carrying my bike) for about a 1/2 mile before I reached the bridge. A real workout! There is one significant inaccuracy in the information in "Mountainbike Virginia". The campground in the Bullpasture Gorge area is now closed to camping. Fortunately, there is a campground along the Cowpasture a mile or so south of the fish hatchery. Follow VA 678 to forest service road FS 282 (which is the road that leads to the footbridge across the river). There is a sign on FS 282 that indicates the river is 1 mile away. There are several camp sites along the road.
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Trail Information

Williamsville
Nearby City
20
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Technical Difficulty
Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty
Spring through late fall. Riders should use caution during hunting season.
Season
1,600 feet
Trailhead Elevation
feet
Top Elevation
Deerfield Ranger District, George Washington National Forest 540-885-8028
Local Contacts
George Washington National Forest Map of the Deerfield Ranger District; USGS McDowell, Monterey Southeast, and Williamsville
Local Maps

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