Sherando Lake (trail system) - Trail, Waynesboro/Rockfish Gap, Virginia

Sherando Lake (trail system) - Trail, Waynesboro/Rockfish Gap, Virginia

DESCRIPTION

The terrain varies in this trail system from small rocks to large rocks to even larger rocks. There is a small sand pit on Mills Creek trail. It also has some good launches for the way back down trip. Stony Run Trail has some dirt at the top. Kennedy Ridge Trail can be like biking on bowling balls. You are in for a work out in this trail system. It is only an hour and a half from Richmond. DO NOT ATTEMPT WITHOUT A MAP AND PLENTY OF FOOD/WATER/TOOLS.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 08, 2011]
Rich
Racer

Descended Torry Ridge. For all the hype about this place, I was disappointed. It was just one rock garden after the next.

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RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 12, 2009]
Lulu
Cross Country Rider

Awesome ride. Lots of previous comments which are pretty accurate. Broke 3 ribs and ate lots of dirt. Also 2 close encounters of the rattler kind so be careful.

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 24, 2007]
Dave
Cross Country Rider

This post is to add a bit of info regarding the stony ridge jeep trail. This trail starts off the Coal road just before a cell tower. The first 3.5 miles is the switchbacks. This part is in shape and is very rideable, and climbs 1200 feet. Views here and there - must be great in winter. Once on the ridge, the geology changes and the next 3 miles until just before Flint mtn is a slog of up and down, loose rocks and sand, with an occasional mud puddle. After Flint mtn, the double track becomes buff. The torry ridge trail and upper slacks involves about 25% walking, and the rest can be pretty rocky. Most people take the parkway to the Slacks overlook for good reason - but riding downhill on pavement just doesn't seem right!

Similar Products Used:

Wintergreen lift serviced trails on weekends are GREAT! But the trails are rugged and a freeride bike is a good idea. Wintergreen rents good freeride bikes (Kona stinky) for a reasonable rate.

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jun 21, 2007]
tlymtb
Cross Country Rider

WOW! We started at the dirt lot that winds up the creek to switchbacks (this climb is a MOFO), took the left on the jeep road at the top of that, then Torre Ridge (good god there are rocks, big rocks, boulders, and bigger boulders!!!) then some screaming downhills that eventually led down into the park around the lake, then a little road ride back to the dirt lot. Man this was a very fun ride! It was also very hard (climbing and the rocks/boulders). Overall a fantastic ride that whpped my GA A$$ good! I would definitely recommend going with someone who knows the place. I will also say big volume tubeless tires are a good idea.

Customer Service

The above described route is the only one I've done although I know there's lot's more out there!

Similar Products Used:

Walnut Creek

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jun 17, 2007]
Dave
Cross Country Rider

Not much to add to the other reviews. It's still great!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Feb 03, 2007]
love to ride
Weekend Warrior

I rode it today (Feb 3, 2007) and it was miserably cold (with the wind it felt about 15 degrees). Regardless of the weather though it is a great ride and quite a workout (bring lots of water). This trail is very rocky and technical so be careful. The downhill (Tory, Slacks, and White Rock) is a lot of fun and fast.

Customer Service

Start at Coal Road (FR42) parking area (dirt lot)... take Mills Creek to switchbacks... up switchbacks... go left on the fireroad (FR162) - it was snow and ice today - left on Torry... right to Slacks trail... left to White Rock Gap Trail... to the lake... to road... right on Coal Road back to parking area

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Feb 03, 2007]
love to ride
Weekend Warrior

I rode it today (Feb 3, 2007) and it was miserably cold (with the wind it felt about 15 degrees). Regardless of the weather though it is a great ride and quite a workout (bring lots of water). This trail is very rocky and technical so be careful. The downhill (Tory, Slacks, and White Rock) is a lot of fun and fast.

Customer Service

start at Coal Road (FR42) parking area (dirt lot)... take Mills Creek to switchbacks... up switchbacks... go left on the fireroad (FR162) - it was snow and ice today - left on Torry... right to Slacks trail... left to White Rock Gap Trail... to the lake... to road... right on Coal Road back to parking area

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Aug 08, 2006]
cowboy00242
Cross Country Rider

First things first: Don't even try it if you are a beginner. No joke. The trip up is a hard climb all the way with little in the way of flat areas to breathe. It's also strewn with rocks in most places, so having experience choosing lines in rocks is a necessity. Downhill is all rocks, all the time, and good bike handling skills and a firm grasp on the reality of your ability level are absolutely critical. Don't think you can just go slow... because how slow can you expect to fall off of a wall? That being said, it only took one trip to make this one of my favorite places to ride.

Customer Service

An excellent first-time is to park down at the lake and make your way up the White Rock Gap Trail. Either cross the Blue Ridge Parkway and continue the loop back to Slacks Run Trail, or you can ride up the Parkway to the Slacks Run overlook and pick up the Slacks Run Trail there. Either way, take the Slacks Run Trail back down the hill to meet up with White Rock Gap and back out. It's not the longest loop possible, but it gives you a real good idea what to expect on the larger loops. It also allows you the option of a (still uphill!) smooth "breather" in the middle before heading back down.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 18, 2006]
waynesboro dude
Weekend Warrior

I'll just say it's awesome, Don't let the reviews scare you too much, although everything you have read is true! It is well worth it. I ride atleast once a week!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 15, 2004]
jagriffinjr
Cross Country Rider

I'm tired of hearing about the switchbacks! Be a man and take Coal Rd to the end and climb the jeep trail up to the top. Dont bail on the parkway either once up there at the fork. Stay left and take a left at the small brown walking sign then follow the yellow and blue down to the park. A real beater.

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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