Bear Bottom Loop

4.19 out of 5
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↑ 2,500 ft
↓ 2,400 ft
elevation (ft)

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About this trail
There are a number of trails the network of trails I took began with the Bear Bottom Loop. That loop is clearly marked with blue tags. You can add some length to this train by taking the Big Oak Loop. All of the trails circle back. The map you get at the gate is pretty good.

These trails were alot of fun with some great ups and downs. There are some nice climbs and good curves. I would describe this as a intermediate ride. The only downside is that this is a multi-use trail and on the weekends there are normally horses and what horses leave.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (15)

Bunny Hop

April 1, 2018
hodgk9 Bunny Hop  
Review: This was my first time biking here in Virginia. I like the variety of trails and overall beauty of this park. The Allen's Mountain trail was pretty tuff, rocky ups and downs.


November 16, 2017
faust41 Gnarly  
Review: Bear Bottom Loop s a trail segment in the Shannondoah River State Park system, Andy Guest. Once you come from the parking lot, near the river, head to the gravel easy trail, then turn left to begin a quick climb and a really fun, fast, flowy loop. I cannot remember the name of this first trail. Bear Bottom Loop is the next trail you take. It will wind you around and eventually you come out near the visitors center. Add Campsite trail, Allen Mountain, and Point trail to complete your loop and get about 17 miles in, with a good amount of elevation. It is a wide, multi-use trail so it is not technical at all. I gave it an intermediate rating of difficulty due to the climbs and need for a good cardio system to have fun. So if you are already in decent shape but relatively new at mountain biking or just don't a number of log crossings and jumps to ride one day, I highly recommend Andy Guest. This is one of the more beautiful places to ride as well. I always see deer, and maybe turkey. The river is stunning, cool cabins and yurts, very well maintained bridges, restrooms, and roads.

Granny Gear

November 22, 2016
Review: Man, this trail has what I need to get in shape. Going uphill, downhill and going fast. I don't care for the gravel and medium size stones to ride over and wish that it would be taken out. But with what i got its fun and such a great ride. Plus i almost got lost.


August 1, 2016
Review: The best loop in the park system and very well marked and maintained.

Similar Trail: Hungry Mother state park.


January 11, 2016
BigBenG Gramcounter  
Review: The trails are multi use so not true single track. That being said they are still lots of fun and provide a great workout.

Granny Gear

June 30, 2015
Tealc4101 Granny Gear  
Review: This is a fun and clear marked trail. some areas get pretty rocky but over all a nice trail to ride. It is shared with Horses and joggers/hikers

Granny Gear

January 23, 2015
a0213 Granny Gear  
Review: Really enjoyed this trail....very 'flowy' with some nice climbs!


January 6, 2015
Review: Great trail system that will give you a great workout - lots of elevation change. Most is not true single track and there aren't many obstacles. But this is a fun and very scenic ride!

Granny Gear

November 16, 2014
Dhutch065 Granny Gear  
Review: Great work and reward trail with plenty of climbs and the wind that goes after. Wide trails with not too many technical areas at all (a few gulley crossings, sections of large rocks to go over). Add on some if the other loops for a longer ride and spectacular views.

Granny Gear

April 27, 2012
Luvmy29r Granny Gear  
Review: A beautiful park with interconnecting trails, all of which can be biked on. This loop is 5 miles but can be linked to other trails. The trail is technically easy, but fast, hilly and fun. Good for beginners and anyone looking for a fast, easy ride.

Bear Bottom Loop MTB Trail 4.19 out of 5 based on 15 ratings. 15 user reviews.
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