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Level: Expert
Length: 12 mi (19.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +1,657/ -1,691 ft
Total: 32 riders

Mountain Biking Dragon's Back

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#3 of 300 mountain bike trails in Virginia
#131 in the world

Park at the grouse trail and start climbing. The beginning is very rocky then it changes into really fun switchbacks. As you get closer to the top, the trail gets rocky again and the switchbacks are nearly impossible to climb. There are also so many leaves in places too that make you slip. It's like every leaf in Virginia blew onto this trail! The grouse trail is about 2.5 miles long. At the top is the ridge trail and there is a sign. You can go left to the turkey trail or right to the deer trail. If you turn left on the ridge trail, it is 3 miles to the turkey trail. This ridge trail is very technical because of all the sharp rocks sticking out in all directions. It's the rockiest trail I've ever seen! You'll see the turkey trail on the right. This is a very nice DH with some impossible switchbacks on the first half of the trail. Then the trail gets straight and fast with some cool obstacles. Back at the fire road, turn left and go about 4.4 miles back to the grouse trail if you parked there. This part is very boring because fire roads suck.

First added by aabiking on Jul 23, 2007. 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
Take route 331 west from Roanoke into Craig County. Turn right on to FS road 224, about 2 miles from the Craig County line. This forest service road is also called Wildlife Road. Go about 4 miles to the grouse trail. You can go a little over 4 more miles to turkey trail. Both grouse and turkey are on the right.
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