Vance's Cove - Trail, Winchester, Virginia

Vance's Cove - Trail, Winchester, Virginia

DESCRIPTION

Nice trail from what I remember. Starts on a gravel fire road for a few miles as a warm up, then climbs on single track to a ridge. Taking the ridge back towards the start leads to a fun downhill to the beginning, repeat as desired.

USER REVIEWS

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[Dec 03, 2008]
woowoowoowoo
Weekend Warrior

LOOOOONNNNGGGG climb up a fireroad then singletrack that was rocky enough for us to hike a bike back the way we came. If you can't do rock gardens (not little rock gardens like at Fountainhead or Wakefield but big honkin' boulder rock gardens) don't go here.

Customer Service

Get the map at Element Sports in Winchester. Trust me. You will not want to attempt this without it. Don't ride here alone. It is WAY out in the middle of nowhere and the person who said that there is no cell phone reception whatsoever is absolutely correct.

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I would rather ride the 3rd Battlefield in Winchester (despite the fact that it's getting boring), Greebrier (couldn't today due to hunting season), Schaeffer Farms (same), Wakefield or Fountainhead anyday. I would not go back to Vance's Cove.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 16, 2008]
Jwiffle
Cross Country Rider

Vance's Cove is a great ride. Fairly technical, but not overly so. Starts with a fireroad climb before entering rocky singletrack. Logs, rock gardens, and stream crossings keep you on your toes. Although rocky enough to warrant full-suspension, I usually ride my rigid singlespeed.

If you want a map, you can find one at Element Sports in Winchester.

Directions to the trail head:
To get there: Head west on US 55 from I-81 (exit 296) for 13.3 miles. Turn left onto Forest Service Road 93 (small sign with number 93; easy to miss!) Go 2.7 miles down dirt road and park at Y.

Customer Service

Start up the right fork of the Y. Turn Left after 0.4 miles, pass gate, over bridge. Continue up the fireroad (bear right up the hill shortly after passing the bridge). Almost 2 miles in, you will come to a large dirt and brush mound-the entrance to the singletrack is on the left just in front of this mound. 2.3 miles in-turn right at the trail intersection. Shortly there is a trail on the left side-take it. This will take you over to another trail, go left. After a little over 4 miles into your trip, you will roll over 2 dirt mounds, after which you will make a right turn. Singletrack will open up to forest road. Continue down forest road. In less than 1.5 miles, there will be a gate on the right side. Turn off the road, and pass the gate. Bear left. (If you don't want to get wet, I'd recommend skipping this gate and continue down the forest road to the car as you will cross the creek several times). Follow this mix of double and single track until it ends by the bridge that you crossed early on. Go left over the bridge, pass the gate, turn right at the road, and you're back! About 8.3 miles total. Next time, climb up the forest road and do the trail in reverse!

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Elizabeth Furnace and all the other trails over in Fort Valley have lots of potential for intermediate to advanced riders.
If you want something beginner oriented--head up to the 3rd Battle of Winchester mtb trails. Maps available at Element Sports in Winchester.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 29, 2005]
Warpig
Cross Country Rider

Really great trail, not very technical, and have taken a few novice riders to this area to start out and see how they like it. Lots of fun, only suggestion, don't go alone. No cell phone reception, and last time rode by myself, came across a rattle snake (at least 2.5 miles from trail head to parking). Many trails to explore, haven't even been able to get on them all (only lived in area for about 6 months).

Customer Service

Off I-81, take 55 from the Strasburg exit north. Follow all the way to West Virginia border, turn around and take the first right. That's the best way to do it (I always miss the turn, even with G.P.S. marked).

Similar Products Used:

Elizabeth Furnace

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 23, 2004]
The Grand Wazoo
Cross Country Rider

This is an average diffuculty ride for the area. It hasn't been riden a whole lot in the past two years because of the amount of rain. I does get muddy but is in great shape now. It is 100% rideable in either direction. I have been riding this trail for about 10 years now and still have a blast everytime I ride it. There are at least 6 other trails that connect this ride, so can be as short or as long as your lungs will take you.

Customer Service

Start in Star Tannery

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Hawk, County Line Trail, Half Moon Overlook Trail, Trout Pond Trail, Mail Pouch, Racers Run, ect...

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 21, 2004]
hyper22
Cross Country Rider

just got home from this trail and its very chalenging and fun, lots of lose rock its not to bad. In the beginning it was very chalenging b/c there was so much up but what comes up must come down. The downhill part was a blast and the trails had no fallen trees at all!

Customer Service

Start at the intersection of Route 11 South and Route 628 (Middle Road) in Winchester. Travel weston Route 628 for 12.7 miles. At the intersection of Route 628 and Route 55. turn west onto Route 55. Travel 9,6 miles on Route 55 and turn left onto Forest Road 93. The entrance to the road is vety poorly marked (shortly after the turn, there is a small number 93 on the left of the forest road. The turn for this road is right before a series of curves in Route 55 that continue up the mountain, If you reach the top of the mountain, you have gone too far. Travel 2.7 miles down the dirt forest road and park at the “Y” in the road. Total driving time is about 35 minutes. An alternative approach would be to take Interstate 81 to exit 296 and drive on Route 55 west for 13.5 miles to the Forest Road 93 turnoff and then follow the rest of the directions above.

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dont know very many

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Mar 08, 2002]
PG

Like I said, went with a friend. Hmmmm, let's see. Fire road and double track to get to the main trails. this trail area does not get a lot of use, so some of the areas are a touch rough. Single track is good, not rutted out, fast and fun.

In the middle of the ride are several rocky sections. I'm not a technical boulder rider, so I really didn't care for this at all. Some folks have fun with this, but I found it to be annoying with little or no rhythm to it.

there is a mondo fast double track DH after you emerge from the woods. This is really fast, and a freakin' hoot!

There are some smaller trails that follow a stream bed, but it is really soggy, and sloppy. I recommend staying away from the area...poison ivy, trail damage, and poor drainage highlight this section.

Customer Service

Gotta use the map, went with a friend. Head to Performance, or A1 cycling and pick up the VA 2nd ed. MTB ride book, it'll outline the trails and directions

Similar Products Used:

Elizabeth Furnace, and Greenridge in the GW forest

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Jun 10, 2002]
MudStud

This place sucks ass. Totally overgrown, wet muddy, trees down everywhere. The fa-reakin trail is a damn creak at some places...give me a break. Don't waste your time.

Customer Service

There,s not one, that is the problem.

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
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