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LOCAL RIDES AND INFO

Southwest Virginia is home to some truly world class riding: road riding, gravel riding and mountain biking. We also have limitless miles of greenways and some great rails-to-trails rides in easy driving distance.  
This page is here to give you a taste of the options.

Roanoke Area Mountain Biking

Roanoke is one of the only Silver Level IMBA Ride Centers on the East Coast!

Basic Roanoke Trail System Info

Carvins Cove

Carvins Cove is the lynchpin of mountain biking in the Roanoke Valley with over 50 miles of trail for all levels of rider. (Little know fact: it's the second largest municipal park in the United States!) 

Mill Mountain Park

Mill Mountain has a great trail system and it sits right in the middle of the City! It's a great place for a ride when you don't have a lot of time to invest. It's not flat and the trails are generally pretty rugged so they tend toward the intermediate and up rider.

George Washington and Jefferson National Forest

The National Forest outside Roanoke is home to hundreds and hundreds of miles of trails and forest service roads that are a blast to explore by mountain bike. 


Waid Park

Waid Park in Franklin County offers several miles of trails offering a range of difficulty including a dedicated jump line trail. 


Explore Park

Explore Park features over 14 miles of hiking and biking trails, plus The Bike Center serves as a starting place for individuals and families to ride, practice trail techniques and build their mountain bike skills. 

Morningside Bike Park

Looking to learn to ride some jumps or to work on your skills? Morningside Park in Southeast Roanoke is the place!
Easily accessible by the Roanoke River Greenway and right net door to the Mill Mountain trail system. 

Some of Our Favorite Roanoke Area MTB Rides

Intro to Carvins Cove

This 10ish mile ride starts and ends at the Bennet Springs parking lot on Carvins Cove Road. It starts out with the beginner "Bennet Spring Loop" and then explores some of the finest trails in what's know as "the lowers" near the reservoir.

Link to the ride at RideWithGPS

Quick Mill Mountain Ride

A quick Mill Mountain mtb ride. Sweet singletrack right in the middle of the City of Roanoke! Just know beforehand: Mill Mt isn't flat! This one is short but it's a workout and it has some great trail riding.

Link to the ride at RideWithGPS

Dragons Back

Classic rugged Appalachian singletrack. The ridge of North Mountain is called Dragons Back due to the rocky terrain. It's fantastic riding, the descent at the end back down to Route 311 is one of the best around.

Spec Mines / Dody Ridge

Some fire road, some Blue Ridge Parkway and a lot of great singletrack including some great downhill...

Link to the ride at RideWithGPS

Roanoke Area Road and Gravel Riding

Basic Saturday Morning Beginner Road Ride

This is a great easy road ride that leaves from East Coasters in Roanoke and makes use of low traffic roads and greenways.

Link to the ride at RideWithGPS

Bottom Creek / Sugar Run mixed surface

Some paved, some gravel, and all primo. This ride starts and ends at the Bent Mountain Fire and Rescue at the top of Bent Mountain just south of Roanoke. In 15 miles you'll experience some of the best road and gravel riding in the area.

Link to the ride at RideWithGPS

Fincastle's Finest

The Fincastle area has some of the prettiest road riding around. It's worth the short drive to get out there. 

South Roanoke Ride Around Road Ride

Want a great workout in a short amount of miles? One that's easy to access? One that starts and ends with great coffee?? We've got the ride for you..

Link to the ride at RideWithGPS

Roanoke Area Greenways

Roanoke Valley Greenways System

The Roanoke Valley Greenways system offers a huge amount of recreational opportunities for cyclists, walkers and runners. Their interactive trail finder is a great tool 


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Roanoke River Greenways Tour

This ride is almost all on the Roanoke River Greenway save for a short section on Roanoke Avenue by Norwich Park. It starts and finishes at Vic Thomas Park.

Link to the ride at RideWithGPS

Blacksburg Area Mountain Biking

Basic Blacksburg Area Trail System Info

Poverty Creek

Poverty Creek encompasses trails on Brush and Gap Mountain.  The network offers many miles of riding from easy fire roads to easy singletrack to black diamond technical riding. 

Blacksburg Rotary Mountain Biking Skills Park

The primary purpose of the skills park is to establish an off-road experience in a structured setting that provides various riding opportunities and experiences to the public.

McDonald Hollow Trail Network

The National Forest outside Roanoke is home to hundreds and hundreds of miles of trails and forest service roads that are a blast to explore by mountain bike. 

Some of Our Favorite Blacksburg Area MTB Rides

Brush Mountain/Gap Mountain

A nice tour of the trails around Pandapas Pond. The Gap Mountain trails in particular are pretty rugged!

Link to the ride at RideWithGPS

Mountain Lake

A little something different. A great place to ride especially when it's too hot elsewhere: Mountain Lake is always a good bit cooler.

Link to the ride at RideWithGPS

Tour de Brush Mountain

This ride starts at Gateway Park just outside town making it a perfect for a ride that you can pedal to .

Blacksburg Area Road and Gravel Riding

 

McCoy to the River and Back

Link to the ride at RideWithGPS

Quick Tour of Ellett Valley

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Local Organizations

Poverty Creek Trails Coaltion

"Our mission is to create, maintain, and improve multi-use trails in the New River Valley through coordinated volunteer efforts."


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Blue Ridge Off-road Cyclists

BROC's mission is simple and powerful: To create, enchance and preserve trail opportunites in Roanoke and the surrounding areas.
Formed in 2012, the group has been instrumental in many efforts to further mountain biking in the Roanoke area. Interested in getting involved? These are the folks to talk to!


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New River Valley Bicycle Association

The New River Valley Bicycle Association (NRVBA) is an organization representing cyclists in Floyd, Giles, Montgomery and Pulaski counties and the City of Radford. The New River Valley Bicycling Association’s mission is to create a better community through and for bicycling.


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