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driving down from cold NH on Friday, 3/11 for Spring Break in search of warmer weather and singletrack, esp. enjoy AM/technical stuff.... possibly will go to Pisgah, NC, but hear that there's equally excellent riding in Virginia, which is closer, and since I dislike driving long distances, perhaps Virginia will be the ticket.

Any and all advice much appreciated: where to stay (cheap motels), camping, local bike shops, cool towns, and especially, excellent 3-6 hour rides - I have to be back home by Monday, 3/21.

thanks, --Bob ([email protected])
 

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Harrisonburg and Roanoke would be 2 good places to start.

Harrisonburg has Massanutten Mountain, Reddish Knob - Stokesville area that is a little out of my area but I hear lots of good about it. College town atmosphere.

Roanoke has Carvin's Cove, Dragons Back, and some other lesser known rides that are quite good. No college, but Roanoke has a cool downtown market with lots of bars and restaurants.

Douthat State Park is located between the 2 places (no town or nightlife there, just good riding).
 

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rshalit said:
driving down from cold NH on Friday, 3/11 for Spring Break in search of warmer weather and singletrack, esp. enjoy AM/technical stuff.... possibly will go to Pisgah, NC, but hear that there's equally excellent riding in Virginia, which is closer, and since I dislike driving long distances, perhaps Virginia will be the ticket.

Any and all advice much appreciated: where to stay (cheap motels), camping, local bike shops, cool towns, and especially, excellent 3-6 hour rides - I have to be back home by Monday, 3/21.

thanks, --Bob ([email protected])
I think that for lots of longer riding options for the better part of a week in close vicinity of each other that are well mapped for out-of-towners, I would head to NC. However, VA is on your way, and I would definitely consider hitting it up on the way down and back.

Douthat State Park is a great place to ride, and very well marked and mapped. Super easy to find your way around, they have good maps right at the office. There is also good camping there. Not technical, but lots of climbing and great descents, and some spectacular views.

Carvins Cove (right outside of Roanoke) is now also well mapped and marked, and good for one long day. Do a search, there is a LOT of info on Carvins Cove on this board. The terrain is all over the map from very old school rocky/rooty to new school flowy, twisty. also a very beautiful place. You will likely run into a lot of local riders if that is something you are looking for. Just post up here and you will likely find someone to ride with or at least point you in the direction you want to go.

While you are on your way down to the Pisgah, do yourself a favor and check out the trail systems at Kerr Scott Reservoir in near Wilksboro NC. In particular Warrior Creek. I have never ridden anything else like it (and I have ridden all over the country). Warrior Creek loop is 12 (maybe more now) of ultra-twisty super-bermed goodness. Some parts of it just blew my mind. Again, not exactly technical in the rocky sense (given my choice I'd do it on a short travel HT), but something every rider should experience. The folks building those trails seriously know what they are doing. Overland Victory Trail is also worth checking out. It is like WC, just turned down a notch. I think the builders cut their teeth on this one before creating the masterpiece that is Warrior Creek. If you want a very long day, you can do those as well as Dark Mountain. All three of these trails systems are within a few miles of each other. I did OVT (out and back) WC, and a part of DM in a day, probably could do the rest of Dark Mt if I was really on my game. Again, very well marked and mapped, super easy to find your way around.

If you want some very technical rocky riding, look into Dragon's Back, near Roanoke. Brutal climbs up to a ridge that you ride along packed with challenging rock formations (the spine and scales of the dragon). I will just worn you when you plan this that the mileage is deceiving. These are very slow, slogging miles.
 

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thanks for quick and helpful responses! will take all these into consideration and look for more. Anytime y'all come up to NH/VT I'll gladly reciprocate on what I know of where to ride.

Warrior sounds great - btw, I've ridden many places out West where I travel 3x/year just to ride---now on my all-time "top-3" favorite, I discovered this Winter, is Black Canyon Trail, 45 min. drive north of Phoenix - 25 mi (soon to be 60 mi) of IMBA-constructed singletrack perfection through beautiful, remote high desert (river runs through)---if you're out that way, don't miss it.
 

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I have similar plans for the end of April, we go to Luray, VA. Just checked on the map and it seems like Harrisonburg is not very far. Will def check it out.
 

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Does anyone know if Massanuten Mountain sells like 1 day passes?
I do not think so. They are pretty restrictive on use on their lands. I think you have to go through the Shenandoah club with some trail love time or something like that. They open it for the HooHaa. You may want to go to their club site for more details, or maybe a local will comment on here
On the plus side, there is a LOT of Massanutten Mountain that is on Forest Service land and is open to the public.
This is from the Kennedy Peak / Stephens Trail loop.
 

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I would have to agree on Warrior Creek/DarkMountain etc. It is a great place to ride. Not sure their campgrounds are open yet. BMCC This will help you get started if you consider going there. I look forward to the day I can go back down there and ride! GOOD STUFF indeed and I'm not that skillful of a person!

WOW - just reading their Twitter feed - looks like some of it is flooded... Comment about fish enjoying the bermed turns caught my eye!
 

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thanks for that link - I definitely hope to ride there & will find out about campgrounds - wonder when the flooding will recede?
 

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My wife and I are heading to general Roanoke/Blacksburg area in April or May for a week of riding and camping. What is the typical weather that time of year? Are the mosquitoes out yet?
 

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My wife and I are heading to general Roanoke/Blacksburg area in April or May for a week of riding and camping. What is the typical weather that time of year? Are the mosquitoes out yet?
As far as mosquitoes, probably depends where you are. In general, I don't find them too bad around here, unless you are near standing water in the evening. Also varies with elevation. As far as temps, April is usually pleasant during the days and pretty cool at night, but it can vary a lot that time of year. Same with precipitation. Could be soaking wet or drought.
 

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Borland said:
Does anyone know if Massanuten Mountain sells like 1 day passes?
Pretty sure they do not, but if you stay at the resort, you are allowed access to the trails. I've read other people taking mini-vacations at the Nut just for MTB'ing. I know you said cheap lodging in your post, I can tell you the Nut would not classify as cheap. The trails there are sweet though. MTB trails made by MTB'ers. I'm sure the trails outside the resort property are nice, but the resort trails are like gravity park-ish style (for this area) trails.
 
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