Bike the Shenandoah Valley
 

 


On-Road Routes

We hope you will find this page to be helpful in planning your ride.
A few notes to review...

  • We are moving our routes, maps, and turn-by-turn directions (cue sheets) over to www.ridewithgps.com. Each route has a RWGPS icon that takes you to a page with more route information, downloadable GPS device files, maps, and cue sheets.
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As part of the TransAmerica Trail, U.S. Bike Route 76 passes through the Shenandoah Valley on its way from Yorktown, Virginia to the Oregon Coast. The signed route was developed as part of the nation’s bicentennial celebration in 1976 and became the first route in the official U.S. Bike Route system in 1982.  To ride Route 76 in the Valley, pick up it up at Rockfish Gap (where I-64 and U.S. 250 cross the Blue Ridge) and follow it along the Blue Ridge Parkway south to Route 56 in Rockbridge County. After an exhilarating descent of the Blue Ridge on Route 56, the route winds through central Rockbridge County and the heart of Lexington, Virginia before continuing south into Botetourt County.  For more detailed route information and a map, visit the Virginia Department of Transportation Bicycling and Walking page or the Adventure Cycling Association TransAmerica Route page.

Augusta County Maps....
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Route Name
Distance/Elevation Gain
Description
Map & Directions
Middlebrook Routes
Middlebrook M&M Loop

13 miles (20.9 km)/

785 feet (239.3 meters)

A short, gentle ride on rural roads with stunning views of North Mountain.
Middlebrook-Walkers Creeks-Newport Loop

41.3 miles (66.5 km)/

2,765 feet (842.8 meters)

Rural roads with beautiful views. Easy to moderate to challenging all on the same ride.
Staunton Routes
Staunton Perfect Loop

13 miles (20.9 km)/

835 feet (254.5 meters)

This is a short ride with some climbs, and lovely views.
Staunton-Arbor Hill-Stingy Hollow Loop

15.5 miles (24.9 km)/

1,043 feet (317.9 meters)

This route heads south out of Staunton with a gradual climb. There is a short section of gravel on Arborhill Road.  The ridge line offers a lovely view and is a great place to get your gravel feet wet. The return ride is downhill with rewarding views.
Staunton Frog Pond-Smoky Row

22 miles (35.4 km)/

1,222 feet (372.5 meters)

This route allows for a 1.5-2 hour ride with a mix of climbing, descending, and recovery sections. The scenery south of Parkersburg Pike can't be beat.
Staunton Polyface Ride

23.4 miles (37.7 km)/

1,282 feet (390.8 meters)

This is a local favorite that takes you through some Staunton neighborhoods and onto the rural roads of Augusta County. You can expect to see farmland with cows and sheep scattered about, several small creeks and ponds and some wonderful views of the Alleghany Mountains.
Staunton Middle River Figure 8

24 miles (38.6 km)/

1,705 feet (519.7 meters)

A 24-mile ride with rolling hills, scenic river views, and good food and beer at the end.
Staunton Springhill Ridge Road Loop

31 miles (49.9 km)/

2,122 feet (646.8 meters)

Rolling hills and big mountain views for a perfect mid-distance ride.
Staunton Badger Road Loop

44 miles (70.8 km)/

2,632 feet (802.2 meters)

This is an intermediate/advanced ride due to its length and hill climbs. Big mountain views.
Waynesboro Routes
Waynesboro Dooms Day Loop

12.4 miles (20 km)/

692 feet (210.9 meters)

Follow the South River as it flows north towards its confluence with the North River. Travel along the base of Sawmill Ridge and the Blue Ridge Mountains as you make your way back south towards Waynesboro.
Waynesboro to Grottoes Loop

35.1 miles (56.5 km)/

1,205 feet (367.3 meters)

This longer route will let you log some of the flattest road miles in Augusta County as you follow the South River towards its confluence with the North River at Port Republic, Virginia.
Bath County Maps....
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Route Name
Distance
Directions
Profile Map
Description
6
Bath/ George Washington
N. F. Loop
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38.3 mi
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10
Bath/ GW N. F. Loop Shortcut
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6.8 mi
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13
Bath - W. VA. Highland Loop
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74.0 mi
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40
Douthat Lake-Clifton Forge Loop
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47.0 mi
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42
Goshen-Warm Springs Connector
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20.9 mi
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Highland County Maps....
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Route Name
Distance
Directions
Profile Map
Description
5
George Washington N.F. Loop
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59.6 mi
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This multi-county adventure offers a little of everything.  Over the course of nearly 60 miles you will climb mountains on switchback turns, encounter long stretches of road shaded by the National Forest, and cross the Bullpasture and Cowpasture Rivers, both tributaries of the Shenandoah River.  The ride also passes a Confederate breastworks at the top of Shenandoah Mountain and the McDowell Battlefield Trail, the site of an important skirmish during Stonewall Jackson's famous Valley Campaign.
16
Blue Grass - Monterey
Mountain Loop
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26.7 mi
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A lovely, easy to moderate ride in the Blue Grass Valley of Highland County (The Switzerland of Virginia).  Start and end in the county seat of Monterey and ride through the picturesque villages of Blue Grass and High Town.  The majority of the ride is on roads less traveled.
31
Monterey - WV Loop
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52.4 mi
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Rockbridge County Maps....
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Route Name
Distance/Elevation Gain
 Route Description
Map & Direction
Lexington Routes
Lexington-Brushy Hill Loop

9 miles (14.5 km)/

925 feet (281.9 meters)

A popular short loop, this nine-mile ride is good for when you are up for a challenge but don't have much time. There is a short meander through farmland and pasture, with pretty vistas along Union Run Creek and Spring Valley.
Lexington-Goshen Loop

48.8 miles (78.5 km)/

2,639 feet (804.4 meters)

This is an advanced ride due to the overall amount of climbing and the distance. This is a lollipop shaped route, riding out and returning along the stem. The loop segment can be ridden in either direction.
Buena Vista Routes

Buena Vista-South River

Out & Back

12.2 miles (19.6 km)/

198 feet (60.4 meters)

This route runs alongside the South River, in a fairly flat and wide valley. This is a beginner's ride, with an easy grade up river. The route is an out-and-back - head up river and when you are ready, just turn around and roll back to the start.
Buena Vista-Blue Ridge Parkway North

45.2 miles (72.7 km)/

4,052 feet (1,235.1 meters)

This is a difficult and beautiful ride starting in Buena Vista. There is a long climb to the Blue Ridge Parkway, and a very steep descent down into the community of Vesuvius.
Rockingham County Maps....
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Route Name
Distance/Elevation Gain
Route Description
Map & Directions
Harrisonburg Routes
Harrisonburg Short North Loop

12.7 miles (20.4 km)/

572 feet (174.3 meters)

This is a relatively easy ride that stays close to town, yet goes through some very pretty country. Most of the roads are lightly-used and very scenic country roads.
Harrisonburg-Singers Glen Loop

24.7 miles (39.8 km)/

1,547 feet (471.5 meters)

This route takes you on mostly scenic and low-traffic back country roads. You will pass through the picturesque and historic village of Singers Glen.
Harrisonburg-Broadway Loop

35.6 miles (57.3 km)/

2,179 feet (664.2 meters)

This route takes you on mostly scenic and low-traffic back country roads. There are nice views at Cedar Run Church and Mount Zion Church.
Harrisonburg-Hopkins Gap- Fulks Run

52.5 miles (84.5 km)/

3,341 feet (1,018.3 meters)

The roads go through some beautiful and very remote areas. It starts in Harrisonburg and goes north through Fulks Run, then into Broadway.
Harrisonburg-Fulks Run-Keezletown

70.8 miles (113.9 km)/

4,716 feet (1,437.4 meters)

The roads go through some beautiful and very remote areas. It starts in Harrisonburg and goes north through Fulks Run, into Broadway, and through Keezletown.
Bridgewater Routes
Bridgewater-Dayton Loop

15.3 miles (24.6 km)/

642 feet (195.7 meters)

This route goes through farmlands and small communities around Dayton, VA. This is an easy ride with rolling hills and scenic vistas.
Bridgewater-Dry River

16.6 miles (26.7 km)/

357 feet (108.8 meters)

This route goes through the farmlands in the Dry River area, historically used for time trials by local cyclists. This is an easy ride, and as the cows you pass will tell you, this is as flat as it gets around here.
Bridgewater-Briery Branch-Spring Creek

24.1 miles (38.8 km)/

912 feet (278 meters)

This route goes through farmlands and wooded areas, passing through many small communities including Briery Branch, Spring Creek, and Montezuma. This is a moderate ride with rolling hills and scenic vistas.
Massanutten Routes
Massanutten-Elkton-Berrytown

20.8 miles (33.5 km)/

981 feet (299 meters)

This route starts on the outside of the Massanutten Resort, winds through area farmland, a few small communities, and one town along the way. This is a moderate length ride with minimal hills. It has one section with high speed traffic, but most of it has very low traffic.
Massanutten-Port Republic

38.1 miles (61.3 km)/

1,725 feet (525.8 meters)

This route starts at the edge of the resort and goes through area farmland and a few small communities. This is a moderate length ride with many small hills. It has sections with moderate traffic as well as sections with very low traffic.
Massanutten-Grottoes

50.8 miles (81.8 km)/

2,170 feet (661.4 meters)

This route starts at the edge of the resort and goes through area farmland, a few small communities, and the Town of Grottoes. This is a moderate length ride with many small hills. It has sections with moderate traffic as well as sections with very low traffic.
 
Shenandoah Valley Cycling