Featured Ride: Narrowback Mountain, Virginia

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The Narrowback Mountain Loop ride is located near Harrisonburg, Virginia, in the North River District of George Washington National Forest. There is a bit of everything on this 12.5-mile sample loop including ridgeline riding, rocky sections with alternate lines and one memorable descent off the mountain. The ride ascends and descends a total of 1,500 feet.

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Narrowback Mountain Loop is just the tip of the local iceberg. There are enough trails in the area that you could tack on several more for a huge day, or stick around and ride for several days. Nearby is the 36-mile Shenandoah Mountain Trail and 25-mile Wild Oak NRT, among many others. Most of the rides in this area are rocky and forested.


If you like it, donate to the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition, which helps to maintain this trail. If you want to make a weekend out of it, there are plenty of accommodations nearby. If camping, its hard to beat the ride in/ride out option at Todd Lake Recreation Area which has showers and flush toilets.

Photos courtesy of MTB Project