March 10, 2010
A little bit of everything. Plenty of loops and variety possible once you get to know the system. Made better (safer and more singletrack) by Liberty University's work. Just don't count on the maps telling you much (no terrain info included, rating system not accurate). The outer loop is a good 2-3 hour ride for most, after that, start connecting through the center, trying personal favorites like Psycle Pathe, Split Decision, Lake Trail, A Trail Too Far, Peak to Peak and many of the Rogue trails.
Having rode in Moab, out west and in Pisgah and WV, I still say that for a local trail system, Candlers Mountain is something special. Not a full-service trail system, this one is best approached with some local advice. Note that there are allegedly 60+ miles of trail - including the jeep roads. I can ride there for 8-hours with very little back-tracking. check out bigmountainriding.com for more on this trail system.
Explore Park, Roanoke, VA