With thousands of miles of trails, Virginia is one of the most mountain bike-friendly states in the country. Cruise through Southwestern Virginia, Central Virginia or the Eastern side before heading north to the Shenandoah Valley and Northern Virginia. No matter where you go, you’re only minutes away from a fantastic ride with a gorgeous view. Check out 10 of the best mountain biking trails below!
1. Narrowback Mountain, Harrisonburg, VA
Harrisonburg, Virginia, is an up and coming mountain biking destination, according to grindtv.com, and no trail exemplifies this better than the Narrowback Mountain trail. Located in the George Washington National Forest, Narrowback trail is a perfect loop for beginners to get acclimated to the sport. The loop goes on for 13 miles and passes a pet cemetery.
2. Lake View Trail at Pocahontas State Park, Chesterfield, VA
The Lake View Trail system is located in Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield, Virginia. The system is comprised of three unique paths with differing mileage, ranging from just over two miles to about three and a half of moderate difficulty. The trails are all well marked with more technical options for the veteran bikers amongst us. Pocahontas State Park offers incredible scenery.
3. Paddy Creek Trail Park, Charlottesville, VA
The Paddy Creek Trail Park in Charlottesville, Virginia, offers over 10 miles of trails for running, hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. The trail is advanced, featuring “unavoidable technical features,” including log rides, log crossings, rock gardens, and a three-foot boulder drop off. The trail is narrow and steep and is designed for mountain biking, so you won’t see any horses as you ride. That track isn’t too long, at just about a mile and a half, but the technical skills required more than make up for the shorter distance.