Bike riding in the Shenandoah Valley is spectacular. There are amazing rides in every direction from Harrisonburg. Country road routes, gravel loops and remote mountain days, there is something for everyone. Use our list of rides below to plan your adventure or join one of our group rides.
Local Mt Bike Rides Local Road Bike Rides
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Local Mountain Bike Rides
In 2012, IMBA recognized Harrisonburg as a Bronze Level Ride Center because our community harbors a trail building culture, which in turn, provides amazing routes for all types trail users. We sell maps and ride information packets in the shop and we’re happy to share all of our trail knowledge with you. Give us a call or swing by if you are looking for ride info and or trail suggestions.
Rocktown Trails in Harrisonburg
In the town of Harrisonburg
Massanutten’s Western Slope Trails
East of Harrisonburg
Shenandoah National Park
Mountain biking is not permitted in the Park. Bicycling is permitted along Skyline Drive and on paved areas in the park. Bicycling (road and mountain bikes) is not permitted on trails, unpaved roads or in grassy areas. Because Skyline Drive is a two-lane road with steep hills and numerous blind curves, cyclists are urged to use extreme caution.
George Washington National Forest Trails
The Massanutten Ring
The orange-blazed Massanutten Ring is a 68-mile loop along the ridges of the eastern and western Massanutten Mountains, encircling Fort Valley. The Ring is hard, rocky, and brutal with long stretches of ridge line singletrack overlooking the Front Royal and Shenandoah River valleys
Signal Knob – Meneka Peak – Bear Wallow Loop
One of the most difficult, yet still rideable, climbs on the Massanutten Trail, Signal Knob is a favorite of riders looking for a challenge. There are multiple rock gardens that feature plenty of terrain for repeating, while the descent down Bear Wallow is one of the longest and most exciting in Fort Valley.
Big Schloss Area
This ride provides a great ridge ride to the Big Schloss Overlook. This overlook is unique and provides a unique 360° view into Virginia and West Virginia. Big Schloss Cut-Off is a fast downhill with technical pockets. You can reach high speeds coming off the ridge where there are straight segments.
SVBC RTP Grant Trails
Narrowback Mountain Loop
Beginner and Intermediate
With plenty of goods to chose from in this area, its hard to keep it to a short list. Although many people will say you just cant go wrong, some of the trails on this featured ride do usually come up as must-ride suggestions.
Lookout Mountain Loop
This ride has a bit of everything including easy climbing, fast descents and technical rocky areas. It has one large rerouted section that is one of the highlights of the ride. There are some nice views on exposed ridgelines and a great overlook near the finish.
Camp Todd, Chestnut, Grindstone
This is a big mountain backcountry section of the Wild Oak National Recreation Trail. This ride includes a pavement section on FR 95, a gravel climb on Leading Ridge Road FR 95A and a gravel approach to Camp Todd on FR 95. It features a singletrack climb up Horse Trough Hollow aka Camp Todd and a descent on Chestnut Ridge. The final descent is on Grindstone Ridge.
Shenandoah Mountain 100 Trails
Timber Ridge Trail
A Harrisonburg classic, Reddish Knob is a popular spot for sightseers, hikers and all types of cyclists. Timber Ridge descends from Reddish Knob off Shenandoah Mountain towards Tillman Road.
Trimble Mountain Trail
It’s an awesome trail for a short ride, hot lap, or an introduction to some of the more challenging GWNF riding. If you are looking for a logical step up from Tillman West and Narrowback Mountain Loop, this one is worth a try.
This is a big, fast, off-camber descent dropping down to Route 250. There are some amazing views of Shenandoah Mountain along the exposed sections of the trail. Expect rocky technical sections up top, with sharp turns, rock drops, exposed high speed sections and creek crossings at the bottom.
North Fork Mountain Trails
Canaan MTB Festival
Sherando Lake Recreation Area
Local Road Bike Rides
Good rides can be found in every direction from Harrisonburg. There are country road routes, gravel loops and big remote mountain days.
Shenandoah National Park on the Skyline Drive
Bicycling is permitted along Skyline Drive and on paved areas in the park. Bicycling (road and mountain bikes) is not permitted on trails, unpaved roads or in grassy areas. Because Skyline Drive is a two-lane road with steep hills and numerous blind curves, cyclists are urged to use extreme caution. Stay on the pavement!
This route takes you on mostly very scenic and low-traffic back country roads. At mile 10.3, you arrive in the picturesque and historic village of Singers Glen, so called because of the Mennonite singing school that was founded there in the early 19th century. Many of the buildings in Singers Glen date from the middle-to-late 1800s.
Harrisonburg to the orchards and Beyond
This route was used for the 2014 Dr100 100k route. It is a challenging route with very low traffic, beautiful scenery and plenty of rolling hills.
The Harris-Roubaix: A Celebration of Dirt Roads
The Harris-Roubaix takes place every spring on the same day as the Paris-Roubaix. The group leaves from the center of Harrisonburg at noon for a casual ride to a family farm about 7 miles to the north. From the farm, you can ride either 10-miles or 18-mile loops marked for your enjoyment.
The Alpine Gran Fondo
Jeremiah Bishop nicknamed his favorite training route after the glorious mountain top meadows, winding climbs and hillside farms reminiscent of the Austrian, German and Swiss settings where he has competed. Now this magnificent scenery is the backdrop for the most challenging and adventurous Gran Fondo in the United States. The namesake route begins in Harrisonburg, Virginia and covers 107 miles featuring 11,500 feet of climbing.
We are happy to give you all the information you need for a successful ride in the area. We sell maps for rides in the Shenandoah Valley.
Group Ride Rules
- Helmets are mandatory on all our rides. If you invite someone on the ride, make sure they bring a helmet too!
- No earphones allowed. We need to be able to communicate with each other in a group situation. Thanks for understanding!
- Riders should always carry a flat repair kit with them (spare tube, lever, and inflator/pump).
- Carry some form of ID in case of emergency.
- Bring water and food sufficient for the ride distance and pace.
- Make sure your bike is in proper working order before you arrive. Ride leaders aren’t expected to be bike mechanics.
- Calling “Clear!” at cross roads is prohibited. All riders are responsible for verifying that it’s clear before proceeding.
- Stop at all stop signs. Do not overlap wheels. Communicate hazards to other riders.
- Each riders assumes his or her own risks on all rides.
- Those who ride ahead of the group are on their own ride.
- Always notify the ride leader when leaving the ride.
Additional Rules of the Road from the League of American Bicyclists
Follow the Law
Your safety and image of bicyclists depend on you. You have the same rights and duties as drivers. Obey traffic signals and stop signs. Ride with traffic; use the rightmost lane headed in the direction you are going.
Make your intentions clear to everyone on the road. Ride in a straight line and don’t swerve between parked cars. Signal turns, and check behind you well before turning or changing lanes.
Ride where people can see you and wear bright clothing. Use a front white light, red rear light and reflectors when visibility is poor. Make eye contact with others and don’t ride on sidewalks.
Anticipate what drivers, pedestrians and other people on bikes will do next. Watch for turning vehicles and ride outside the door zone of parked cars. Look out for debris, potholes, and other road hazards. Cross railroad tracks at right angles.
Check that your tires have sufficient air, brakes are working, chain runs smoothly, and quick release levers are closed. Carry tools and supplies that are appropriate for your ride. Wear a helmet.