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Pond (Green) Loop

Easy/Intermediate
 4.6 (5) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This route connects easy trails and gravel roads to Hensley's Pond, and descends back to the Western Slope Parking Lot.


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Map Key

2.9

Miles

4.7

KM

90%

Singletrack

1,864' 568 m

High

1,546' 471 m

Low

350' 107 m

Up

360' 110 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

15%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Allowed

Family Friendly The most mellow loop on the Western Slope Trails. Hensley's Pond provides a wonderful destination complete with picnic tables and a gorgeous view of the valley.

The Western Slope Trails are closed in November and December for Hunting. Trail passes are required to access the trail system and can be found on Westernslopetrails.org

Overview

Technical Difficulty Rating: Easy
Strenuous Difficulty Rating: Easy

This is an easy loop with a mixture of creek crossings, smooth and wide singletrack, a taste of rocky terrain, some gravel roads, and a little doubletrack. This route is fun to ride in either direction. The Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition continues to build singletrack trails in an effort to transform this Green Pond Loop into a full singletrack option.

Description

Leave the parking lot in the northeast corner past the kiosk and turn left onto VA '54. The trail starts with a big easy creek crossing and uphill.

At the first intersection, turn left onto Boundary. Continue uphill, keeping left at the intersections where you'll spit out of the woods a couple times, and finally end up at the pond.

Be sure to ride up to the pond to chill for a moment. Head back down to the entrance of MBA Meadow where you'll descend some straight and smooth wide singletrack. Keep heading downhill as the trail turns to gravel doubletrack to the pavilion and parking lot.

Contacts

Shared By:

S. Scott Wootten with improvements by Kyle Lawrence and 1 other

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  4.6 from 5 votes

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Photos

Just below the Chimney Trail near the little pond.
Oct 10, 2020 near Massanu…, VA
Looking out at Hensley's Pond at the very top of the "Green" Pond Loop. Right side of the photo is the trail over top of the dam and the picnic tables are on the left side of the photo.
Oct 19, 2020 near Massanu…, VA
Below the dam at Hensley's Pond and at Intersection "F" on the map. A "You Are Here" map
Oct 19, 2020 near Massanu…, VA
Creekside Trail near old house.
Aug 24, 2020 near Massanu…, VA
Creekside at the springhouse.
Aug 24, 2020 near Massanu…, VA
VA '54 Trailhead.
Apr 11, 2017 near Massanu…, VA

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Oct 28, 2021
Michael Alexiou
Aug 7, 2021
Louis C
This is a fantastic beginner's loop, but it's definitely not flat or even mostly flat. Lots of uphills for the first half of the ride up to the pond. 2.9mi — 1h 00m
Jun 7, 2020
Timothy Howard
Nice day on the Western Slope. 2.6mi — 0h 54m
May 16, 2019
Elpidio Pizarro
11h 30m