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Recommended Routes in Jefferson National Forest - 22

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Favorite Trestle in the sun.
Easy/Intermediate

Virginia Creeper Trail - Damascus to Whitetop

18.2 mi 29.3 km 2,039' Up 621.4 m Up 403' Down 122.92 m Down

Glade S…, VA
Favorite Dody Ridge Trail
Difficult

Blue Ridge Parkway Epic: Glenwood, Mineshaft, Spec Mines and Dody

41.0 mi 65.9 km 5,812' Up 1771.54 m Up 5,812' Down 1771.62 m Down

Blue Ridge, VA
Favorite Views from the Mineshaft Trail
Intermediate/Difficult

Mineshaft Trail via Bobblets Gap

12.8 mi 20.6 km 1,762' Up 537.18 m Up 1,763' Down 537.26 m Down

Buchanan, VA
Favorite Hemlock and singletrack.
Easy

Wild Steer 6202

15.1 mi 24.3 km 1,618' Up 493.03 m Up 1,617' Down 492.95 m Down

Marion, VA
Favorite Dirty Dawg 2011
Intermediate

Mountain Top Trot

4.6 mi 7.4 km 696' Up 212.16 m Up 696' Down 212.04 m Down

Pembroke, VA
Favorite Start of Mines Spec trail
Difficult

Black Horse Loop

8.5 mi 13.6 km 1,287' Up 392.24 m Up 1,292' Down 393.88 m Down

Blue Ridge, VA
Favorite Creek on Poverty Creek.
Difficult

Pandapas Pond "Challenging" Loop

13.1 mi 21.1 km 1,718' Up 523.68 m Up 1,720' Down 524.26 m Down

Blacksburg, VA
Favorite Spinning down Solitude after Pine Ridge
Intermediate/Difficult

Arcadia Loop - Pine Ridge/Cove/Little Cove

21.7 mi 35.0 km 3,256' Up 992.28 m Up 3,254' Down 991.73 m Down

Buchanan, VA
Favorite Started our ride from Beartree Camp, Trail is to the left as you turn off of 58. Clean trail, mostly climbing until the last mile or so. Took this to Iron Mountain then to Beech Trail back to 58 then Creeper Trail back to Damascus. About 14 miles and fun.
Intermediate/Difficult

Rush Creek Loop

13.7 mi 22.0 km 2,461' Up 750.01 m Up 2,451' Down 747.12 m Down

Chilhowie, VA

Jefferson National Forest Biking

  • 906 Miles 1,459 Kilometers of Trail
  • 23 Recommended Routes
  • 24 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 106 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 47 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Jefferson National Forest - 154

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1.3 mi 2.1 km #1Jacobs Ladder
Difficult
Prices Fork, VA
Difficult
Prices Fork, VA 10 
20.7 mi 33.4 km #2Iron Mountain Trail
Difficult
Marion, VA
Difficult
Marion, VA 19 
1.4 mi 2.3 km #3Gateway Trail
Difficult
Prices Fork, VA
Difficult
Prices Fork, VA 17 
4.7 mi 7.6 km #4Jerry's Creek #165
Difficult
Adwolf, VA
Difficult
Adwolf, VA
2.3 mi 3.7 km #5Pond Mountain Trail
Intermediate
Marion, VA
Intermediate
Marion, VA
2.1 mi 3.4 km #6Glenwood Horse Trail (3004E) - Onion Mountain
Intermediate/Difficult
Buchanan, VA
Intermediate/Difficult
Buchanan, VA
2.6 mi 4.2 km #7Bear Creek Trail
Intermediate
Atkins, VA
Intermediate
Atkins, VA
13.7 mi 22.0 km #8North Mountain Trail
Difficult
New Castle, VA
Difficult
New Castle, VA
6.0 mi 9.6 km #9Virginia Highlands Horse Trail (VHHT): Scales to Crest Trail
Intermediate
Marion, VA
Intermediate
Marion, VA
12.7 mi 20.5 km #10Government Rd (NFSR 32) aka Old Denton Valley Rd
Intermediate
Emory, VA
Intermediate
Emory, VA

Photos of Jefferson National Forest - 161

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Dody Ridge Trail
Aug 28, 2017 near Blue Ridge, VA
Bikepacking in the Blue Ridge Mountains | Iron Mountain Trail
Nov 13, 2020 near Glade S…, VA
Views from the Mineshaft Trail
Aug 28, 2017 near Buchanan, VA
Riding the Crest Trail towards the scales. The infamous wild ponies were not amused.
Aug 31, 2020 near Marion, VA
Bikepacking in the Blue Ridge Mountains | Virginia Highlands Horse Trail
Nov 20, 2020 near Rural R…, VA
Not too shabby.
Jan 12, 2016 near Buchanan, VA
Iron Mountain Trail ridge riding!
Aug 4, 2014 near Adwolf, VA
Awesome views even from the valley.
Aug 26, 2017 near Marion, VA