If you like the idea of a biking getaway but aren’t familiar with the area or how to actually go about planning one, Shenandoah Mountain Touring is the answer. The Shenandoah Valley region is truly spectacular, and the best way to experience the landscapes are to get right out into them.
With Shenandoah Mountain Touring, you can choose the bike trails that appeal most to you, then travel them with experienced guides. They’ll keep you on the right track, whether or not that’s on the beaten path, and provide the peace of mind that comes with expert assistance.
About Shenandoah Mountain Touring
Founded in 1999, the experts behind Shenandoah Mountain Touring are Mike Carpenter, Jamie Keehner and Chris Scott. In addition to special events and races, road and mountain bike tours in the George Washington Naitonal Forest are by appointment only. They recommend a week’s advance notice to book time in at their headquarters and for bike rentals a week before your intended use.
These guys don’t keep regular office hours because they’re out there on the trails! Most rides begin with some light dirt road riding before heading up into the backcountry. And if you’re interested, they’re more than happy to picnic a nice lunch and linger at swimming holes.
Here are some examples of rides you can book with Shenandoah Mountain Touring…
Southern Traverse (advanced)
The International Mountain BIking Association lists the Harrisonburg, Virginia, Southern Traverse Epic as a history-packed ride to remember. Located in Virginia’s George Washington National Forest, mountain bikers can even travel trails created by Civil War soldiers.
And you should be fit as a soldier to sign up for this path with Shenandoah Mountain Touring. The 36-mile-long ride climbs 3,000 feet. The Southern Traverse includes 17 miles of the Shenandoah Mountain Trail of singletrack ridge riding.
This is undeniably an epic ride. Experienced mountain bikers will find it an exhilarating challenge. Less experienced riders could view this as a goal trip to work toward. It will definitely be rewarding.
Narrowback Mountain (intermediate)
Shenandoah Mountain Touring considers this a great regional introductory ride. This tour is popular because the climbing is minimal and the flow trails are new. Plus, there are loads of route options on Narrowback Mountain.
Reddish Knob Loop (intermediate/advanced)
Reddish Knob Loop is one of the highest points in Virginia, and this tour climbs and descends the heights. The panoramic summit view is worth the big road climb. Other highlights include a rocky gnar, a fast singletrack and mountain laurel tunnels.
Rocktown Classics (intermediate/advanced)
The Rocktown Classics comprise three different small loops. Tours start at Mud Pond Gab, wind through Narrowback Mountain, and finish up at Trimble Mountain. But don’t worry–shuttles take you between the areas. This is a great sampler, full-day tour.
North River Gorge Shuttle (beginner)
This trail is a family favorite, winding between Lookout and Trimble Mountains and crossing the North River nine times. Plus, the trail is quite flat. The pace remains easy and fun is paramount. It’s a great intro to mountain biking tour.
Custom Day Tours (any experience level)
Shenandoah Mountain Touring will design a tour specifically for you, your experience level, and your tour goals. Just get in touch!
For a comprehensive list of regional bike tracks, visit the listing of local mountain bike rides at ShenandoahBicycle.com