The Southern Traverse
Take a ride into history on the Southern Traverse Epic located in Virginia's George Washington National Forest. Trails stamped in by Civil War soldiers are now available for mountain bikers to march through. The trailhead is near the Confederate Breastworks, an army camp created to stop Union troops from reaching Shenandoah Mountain.
If you're planning a trip to Harrisonburg, the rigors of boot camp may be the best preparation. With 3,000 feet of climbing over 32 epic miles, this ride promises to test your courage and endurance. The backbone of the Southern Traverse is the south end of the Shenandoah Mountain Trail, a 11-mile singletrack ridge-ride. The ridge is accessed by a doubletrack climb that ascends 1,800 feet through a picturesque hardwood hollow. The snaking trail follows the ridge south and is an amazing melody of smooth and fast downhills and technical rock gardens.
Ride the Southern Traverse from north to south to enjoy the sweetest of singletrack descents, and don't forget to make arrangements with Shenandoah Mountain Touring to meet you at the end and shuttle you back to town for a draught of Wild Goose at Calhoun's.
Location: The Southern Traverse is located southwest of Harrisonburg, Virginia, in the George Washington National Forest.
Length: 32 miles
Elevation: 1,600 to 3,800 ft
Climbing: 3000 ft
Terrain: This ride has it all; twisty, smooth, steep, narrow, rough, mossy
Season: Open year round, occasional snow in winter, unpredictable mountain weather
Highlight: Shenandoah Mountain Trail, a 17-mile singletrack ridge-ride
Details: Shenandoah Mountain Touring, Harrisonburg, 540-434-2087
Club: Shenandoah Mountain Bike Club, 540-434-2087
Shop: Shenandoah Bicycle Company, Harrisonburg, 540-437-9000
Lodging: Harrisonburg-Rockingham Convention & Visitors Bureau, 540-434-2139, http://www.virginia.org
Brew: Calhoun's Restaurant and Brewing Company
Coffee: The Artful Dodger
Events: Shenandoah Mountain 100, Fixed Gear World Championships, 6 Pack Invitational, Massanutten Hoo Ha!