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