Mountain Biking Virginia, 3rd Edition: An Atlas of Virginia's Greatest Off-Road Bicycle Rides

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Mountain Bike Virginia explores the land whose terrain and geography are as unique and diverse as its history is rich and exciting. If you enjoy exploring remote coastal environments or the quiet backroads of Central Virginia's horse and wine country, or if you prefer hurtling down white-knuckled descents, crossing over deep river gorges, and cycling past waterfalls, wildlife, and rolling pastures, then Virginia is the place to be and this book is for you. Throughout its pages, Mountain Bike Virginia describes ...
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Mountain Bike Virginia explores the land whose terrain and geography are as unique and diverse as its history is rich and exciting. If you enjoy exploring remote coastal environments or the quiet backroads of Central Virginia's horse and wine country, or if you prefer hurtling down white-knuckled descents, crossing over deep river gorges, and cycling past waterfalls, wildlife, and rolling pastures, then Virginia is the place to be and this book is for you. Throughout its pages, Mountain Bike Virginia describes more than 50 of the state's greatest mountain bike rides, from sea level along the dunes at False Cape to nearly 6,000 feet atop the wind-beaten summits of Virginia's highest peaks.

This guide contains exhaustive and comprehensive trail descriptions from beginner to advanced, GPS-quality, digitally designed relief maps detailing each ride, accurate route profiles showing the ups and downs of each ride, detailed directions to get bikers to the ride without getting them lost and detailed mile-by-mile directional cues, difficulty ratings, elevation gain, trail contacts, and much more.

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There are trail guides and then there's the real deal.
-- Bike Magazine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762726561
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Series: State Mountain Biking Series
  • Edition description: 3RD
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.58 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott  Adams

Scott Adams has written several mountain biking guidebooks, including Mountain Biking Washington, DC/Baltimore (now in its fourth edition) and Mountain Bike Madness in Central Pennsylvania. He is a regular contributor to MetroSports Magazine and has competed in more 24-hour races than he likes to remember. A native Virginian, he lives with his wife and growing family in Charlottesville, Virginia. Few things reward him more than a long hike to the top of a mountain or an early-morning bike ride with no particular place to go.
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    1. Hometown:
      Danville, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 8, 1957
    2. Place of Birth:
      Catskill, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., Hartwick College, 1979; M.B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1986

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Foreword x
Introduction xii
Getting Around Virginia xiv
How to Use This Book xvi
How to Use the Maps xvii
Coastal Virginia
1. Back Bay to False Cape 2
2. First Landing State Park 8
3. Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge 13
4. Carrollton-Nike Park 18
5. Harwood's Mill 22
6. Newport News Park 26
7. Beaverdam Reservoir Park 32
8. Waller Mill Park 37
9. York River State Park 42
Honorable Mention
A. Ipswitch: Chesapeake 48
Central Virginia
10. Petersburg National Battlefield 50
11. Pocahontas State Park 57
12. Belle Isle 63
13. Powhite Park 67
14. Poor Farm Park 72
15. Cumberland State Forest 76
In Addition: Mountain Biking With Your Dog 80
16. Charlottesville Dirt Ride 82
17. Observatory Hill 87
18. Walnut Creek Park 92
19. Panorama Trails 96
Honorable Mentions
B. Dogwood Dell 102
C. Hollywood Farm 102
D. Sugarloaf Mountain and The Waltons 103
E. James River State Park 103
F. Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest and Holliday Lake State Park 104
G. Prince Edward-Gallion State Forest 104
Northern Virginia
20. Prince William Forest Park 106
21. Fountainhead Regional Park 111
In Addition: The Fountainhead Trail Project: A Groundbreaking Event 116
22. Wakefield Park/Accotink Trail 117
23. Centreville Power Lines 121
24. Great Falls National Park 126
25. Middleburg Vineyard Tour 130
In Addition: Mountain Biking and Wine 134
Honorable Mentions
H. Burke Lake Park Ride 136
I. Difficult Run Trail (Glade to Great Falls) 137
J. C&O Canal Towpath 137
Western Virginia
26. Elizabeth Furnace 140
27. Massanutten Mountain 146
28. Second Mountain 151
29. Blueberry Trail 156
30. Reddish Knob 160
31. Flagpole 166
32. North Mountain Trail to Elliot Knob 171
33. Williamsville Loop 175
34. Ellis Loop Trail 179
In Addition: Bicycle Camping 184
35. Hidden Valley 186
36. Douthat State Park 191
37. Sherando Lake Loop 196
38. Big Levels 201
39. Henry Lanum Memorial Trail 207
40. Blue Ridge Dirt Ride 212
Honorable Mentions
K. Duncan Hollow Trail 217
L. Edinburg Gap ORV Trails: Massanutten Mountain 217
M. McDowell Battlefield Trail 218
N. South Pedlar ATV Trail 218
O. North Mountain Trail Near Roanoke 220
Southwest Virginia
41. Brush Mountain 222
42. Mountain Lake 228
43. Mount Rogers Loop 233
44. Grayson Highlands State Park 238
45. Hidden Valley Lake 243
46. Seven Sisters Trail 247
In Addition: Rails-to-Trails 251
47. New River Trail State Park 252
48. Virginia Creeper Trail 258
In Addition: The Virginia Highlands Trail Network 262
Honorable Mentions
P. Mountain Lake Mountain Bike Trails 265
Q. Poverty Creek 265
R. Fairy Stone State Park 266
The Art of Mountain Biking 267
Mountain Bike Beginnings 267
Mountain Biking into Shape 268
Be Safe-Know the Law 269
The Mountain Bike Controversy 270
Etiquette of Mountain Biking 271
Trail Maintenance 272
On-the-Spot Quick Fix 273
Rules of the Trail 274
The Necessities of Cycling 275
Be Prepared or Die 275
Be SAfe-Wear Your Armor 276
First-Aid Kit 277
Oh, Those Chilly Virginia Days 278
To Have or Not to Have--Other Very Useful Items 278
Types of Off-Road Terrain 280
Techniques to Sharpen Your Skills 280
Going Uphill-Climbing Those Treacherous Hills 281
Going Downhill-The Real Reason We Get Up in the Morning 281
Watch Out! 282
Last-Minute Check 283
Repair and Maintenance 285
Fixing a Flat 285
Lubrication Prevents Deterioration 287
Appendix 289
Bicycle Clubs and Organizations 289
Ski Resorts 295
Fat-Tire Vacations 296
About the Author 297
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