3rd Battle Of Winchester Trail

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AVERAGE RATING
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3.25 out of 5
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Beginner
3.0
miles

Greenway
↑ 1,200 ft
↓ 1,100 ft

Loop
1:00
avg time
Trail Description
About this trail
This 10ft gravel path goes through the historic fields and forests were the 3rd Battle of Winchester took place providing an enjoyable venue for family bike exploration and a key connectivity link between the Elementary and High School campus and residential areas to the north. The main path is 3 miles and consists mostly of gravel, with a short asphalt section near the steep ascent/decent to the Red Bud Run bridge.

The scenery is an enjoyable mix of open field and woodland with views across the Shenandoah Valley. Historic interpretative signs along the path provide context for the pivotal Civil War battle fought on the grounds in September, 1864. A side spur loop, approximately .5 miles in distance, on the south west part of the property takes riders down the trace of Hackwood Lane, shaded with a natural arbor of local fence line trees. Throughout the property visitors will notice the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation (SVBF) has commenced restoration and other activities intended to create a model for significant battlefield sites outside of the National Park System.

Formerly, single track trails were open for MTB use, however after consultation with state and federal land use agencies, the property owner (SVBF) has designated these single-track trails for hiker (pedestrian) use only as of January 1, 2014. Bicycles are encouraged on the 3 miles of 10' gravel paths on the property.

For more information including development plans for the property, visit the SVBF website at: http://www.shenandoahatwar.org/Make-a-Difference/Help-Preserve-Third-Winchester
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Granny Gear

January 2, 2014
FCPRD Granny Gear  
 
Review: As of January 1, 2014 the single track trails on this property are closed to bicycle use. The 10' wide gravel property trails remain open to cyclists. The Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation (property owner), is making this change in trail use to limit potential damage to historic areas of the property.

Similar Trail: Sherando Park, Stephens City

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Poseur

June 21, 2013
romarosie2 Poseur  
 
Review: This is our go-to after work ride in the area. Traveling to Fountainhead/Lake Fairfax during the week means battling traffic both ways. But the Winchester Trails are easy to get to and offer a nice 1 hour workout.

The gravel/paved path loop is not the trail! You'll see single tracks darting in and out from the gravel loop. You can start at the parking lot, take the gravel path to the lake and then split off from there.

There are some fun sections of this trail for everyone. The back section by the high school fields has some nice technical climbs and descents with roots and water. Nothing overwhelming and great for all levels. It can get pretty chewed up when it rains. Overall, it's a flowy ride and good solid trail system for locals.

Similar Trail: Lake Fairfax

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Granny Gear

December 20, 2012
bwellisley Granny Gear  
 
Review: Trail needs more markings, not easilly followed. Good beginner course.

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Epic

August 21, 2012
 
Review: Trail is mostly doubletrack with some pretty cool obstacles and singletrack trails webbing out along the way. Overall it was a "nice" ride with some cool country scenery. If it were closer to me I would probably ride it on my chill days.

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Bunny Hop

January 10, 2012
rickram88 Bunny Hop  
 
Review: I am traveling to work at Winchester Medical Center and decided to bring my bike after I found this trail on singletracks. Trail is nicely maintained and worth bringing the bike up for a short after work ride. Nice country in this area and would be great if trails had extra millage. However, I wouldn't drive 5 hours to ride it though. I will give thanks to those for giving me a chance to ride after work while I am away from home... Nice work on the singletracks that are out there. Low rating because of how short trail is, otherwise it was fun.

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Granny Gear

October 9, 2011
 
Review: In general, the trail was a great variation of counteracting hill and dales. the trails are a fast composition of hard packed clay making peddling easy and fluid. rarely are trails marked, so map use is minimal, however because the park borders the high school, just keep in mind the location of the high school and try to get lost. my overall review is a 3.5 because i like faster trails with less turns and drop offs. these trails are ever growing and well maintained. give it a shot

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Poseur

September 11, 2011
ttrice Poseur  
 
Review: This is my go-to trail. Nice little bit of singletrack in winchester. This is a great place to introduce someone to mountain biking. It isn't too technical, but there are still plenty of small hills, roots, logs, bridges, and mud patches to keep you on your toes. Easy enough that a beginner can navigate it, but interesting enough to keep a more experienced rider from getting bored. You can ride all of the singletrack in about an hour. All in all, a great, fun trail.

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Granny Gear

August 5, 2011
tml361 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Just rode this trail after taking a 13 year break from the sport. It's short but I thought a really nice little trail. Good, worn single track with just enought to keep you interested. Not an entire day thing just a quick stop but a lot of fun. Completed the ride and then changed directions and took some different loops. 5 minutes from my house so I'm grateful to have a nice ride so close. I would not travel more than a few miles to ride it however!

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Gnarly

March 14, 2011
 
Review: This is a great trail to hit when you dont have much time. For me it is minutes away and always a good workout. Great after work or for us night shifters, pre-work ride.

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Gnarly

March 14, 2011
 
Review: This is a great trail to hit when you dont have much time. For me it is minutes away and always a good workout. Great after work or for us night shifters, pre-work ride.

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3rd Battle Of Winchester Trail MTB Trail 3.25 out of 5 based on 16 ratings. 16 user reviews.
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