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Level: Intermediate
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Surface: Doubletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +766/ -721 ft
Total: 56 riders

Mountain Biking Bear Bottom Loop

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#43 of 300 mountain bike trails in Virginia
#1,431 in the world

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.

First added by shbmobjack on Sep 21, 2010. Last updated May 11, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
This place is about an hour from Washington DC. This park is also near Shenandoah National Park which has some good hikes.

From Front Royal Virginia take 340 South for eight miles. There will be a large sign on the right for Shenandoah State Park. At the gate to the park you can get a map of all the trails in the park. Also it is $3 per car.
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  • hodgk9

    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.

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  • faust41

    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.

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  • Justin Corbin

    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.

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  • BigBenG

    The trails are multi use so not true single track. That being said they are still lots of fun and provide a great workout.

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  • Tealc4101

    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

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  • a0213

    Really enjoyed this trail....very 'flowy' with some nice climbs!

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  • Scott_Primrose

    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!

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  • Dhutch065

    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.

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  • Anarchist

    Just for clarification, this trail is in Shenandoah River State Park - not Shenandoah National Park. Otherwise this is a great review!

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  • *****

    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.

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  • Timothyfluegge

    Plenty of wide singletrack or narrow doubletrack depending on your definition. Great climbs and smooth, flowing downhill. No obstacles, few if any technical elements, great scenery, plenty of trail options, lots of miles.

    This is one of my favorites in the northern VA area. Nothing technical to look out for, just lungbusting climbs and relaxing downhills. There is something for everyone here except perhaps for the hardcore techy types.

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  • nohelmutnoproblem

    A great beginner trail. The initial climb up the 3 switch backs gets the heart beat going and for the rest of the trail, it is a fast fluid singletrack (some reason prior reviewers claim it to be double) with sporatic mini ascents. It is a multi use trail with a few hikers and the occasional road apple. all in all- great trail, well maintained, few obstructions. - if mountain bikers didn't like obstructions, we'd be roadies!

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  • Trailburger

    This was a great ride...my first intermediate-to-expert trail. Rode Bear Bottom Loop and then added the Big Oak and Redtail Ridge trails to make a longer distance ride. The climbs were tough for a novice, but the down hill runs and scenery were awesome.

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  • kolesal

    This is a wonderful trail! True joyride. Perfectly marked, extremely well maintained. Very smooth except for a short rocky piece. Not technical but you will enjoy downhills and sweat climbing up. Park at the horse trailer parking. Ride clockwise and combine it with other trails (Big Oak, Tulip Poplar, Redtail Ridge, Shale Barrens and Culler's) so you can get 11 miles loop. This is a true hidden jewel - except for the horse poo ;-)

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