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Level: Advanced
Length: 32 mi (51.5 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +2,177/ -2,194 ft
Total: 38 riders

Mountain Biking The Southern Traverse

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#8 of 300 mountain bike trails in Virginia
#284 in the world

This ride has it all; twisty, smooth, steep, narrow, rough, mossy surface.
The snaking trail follows the ridge south and is an amazing melody of smooth and fast downhills and technical rock gardens.

First added by TREKROX on Sep 3, 2009. Last updated Apr 28, 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
Start at Shenandoah Mountain Touring (SMT)
Located in the Shenandoah Bicycle Co. store
135 S. Main Street
Harrisonburg, VA

From SMT head out of the parking lot onto main street (left only- heading north)
Take your 1st left on Water Street
Take your 3rd left on Rt. 42 - South High Street
Traveling south on Rt.42 through Dayton, Bridgewater, and Parnassus To Jennings Gap road Rt. 736
Take a right on Rt. 736 and travel for 3.5 miles to route 250
Take a right on Rt. 250 heading West for 7 miles to West Augusta and Rt. 629
Take a left on Rt. 629 heading south into Deerfield Valley
Turn right on FR 173 about 6 miles down the road
Cross the cattle grate and continue along the right-of-way dirt road
After crossing the creek for the 2nd time, stay left at the fork
Proceed through the closed gate onto National Forest land - please close the gate behind you
The parking area is 1/4 mile up on the left
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Rider questions

Q: Is there camping near the trails? Rustic is fine... just need a place (preferably legal) to pitch a tent.