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Shenandoah River State Park

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No. of Reviews: 5

This is a new state park with multi-use trails. The area is hilly with excellent views of the Shenandoah River and nearby mountains. Surrounding area has scenic dirt roads to link to for longer rides.
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Latitude
38.841445791783556
Longitude
-78.30059051513672
Trail Directions
66W to Front Royal. 340 South for approx. 10 miles. State park is on right side. Cost $3 per vehicle. Call 540-622-6840 for more information. Note: Located 8 miles south of entrance to Syline Drive/Shen. National Park.
Trail Length
Total of approx. 12 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Fire Roads
City/County
Bentonville
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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
October 3, 2011

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: tonetonitony ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
We ride the trails here when we camp with the family. You wont need any Mountain bike specific gear 2 ride these trails. My 4.5 yr old son had no problem coming down the purple blaze from the visitors center. The trails are like "graham crackers"...most people like them but knows one goes crazy over them. Its a nice change of pace but theres nothing technical here, very bland unexciting riding. Great for building a long areobic ride and building your endurance up. I wouldnt make a long drive here solely with the anticipation of riding hard. I spoke with a couple locals that have ridden the masanutten area for years and they claim beforethe park was built they had a wonderfull trail system of technical singletrack in place. If thats true...I would find it very disturbing that the state of VA would ruin that expereince by creating a family friendly "multi-use trail".



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Review Date
July 5, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: srwings ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Thought I'd provide an update since the last review was done in 2004. I rode almost all the trails on 7/4/2011. Here are my notes:
- Most of the park's trails, with the exception of the bottom land river trails, were professionally built by someone who knows how to make mountain bike trails. For those in the Wash D.C. Metro area, these trails are a definite cut above Wakefield, Difficult Run, or Fountainhead in terms of riding enjoyment.
- The trail lacks the technical rocky features of the Frederick Watershed or the killer climbs of Gambrill but the Massanutten trail about 35 minutes to the west will give you enough technical riding and climbing to last a long time.
- The flow on the trails is very, very nice. That's the main reason to come ride here.
- The majority of the trails are hilly but not steep. There are a couple of exceptions where you need to go anaerobic.
- The trail system consists of sections that you can string together to make a multi-hour ride. Some park road riding may be required to connect the trails but you do get a nice hill climb out of it.
- Wildcat Ridge is the most technical of the trails both climbing and descending.
- The trails were in great shape with only minimal erosion at worst.
- I did not see another biker during my 3+ hours on the trails but please be sure to share the trail with the horsies and hikers.
- I started at the Bears loop in the Horsebarn area.
- I did all my riding clockwise whenever possible.
- Be sure to check out Culler's Overlook (view) and the Visitors Center.
- You can rehydrate at the picnic shelter water faucet.
- Bring some clean clothes and shower at one of the campgrounds.
- These trails are single speed and rigid friendly.
- The trails are exceedingly well marked.
- The bottom river trails are a bit muddy and not very remarkable. I used them to connect to the trails to the east of the Daughter of the Stars Drive paved road.
- GPS track logs & waypoints are available upon request. I also have quite a bit for the George Washington National Forest/Fort Valley area mapped.
- The park offers an excellent base of operations. You can stay here, road ride Skyline Drive, MTB at GW NF, paddle in the Shenandoah, and rock climb at Talking Headwall and Buzzard Rock.

Recommended Route:
- 3 to 4 1/2 hour (30+ miles) ride trail link up. Start at the Horsebarn Area trail head.
1. Ride Bear Bottom Loop Tr. Clockwise and follow it around until it connects to itself. Turn around and ride the section up just rode counter clockwise until you hit Big Oak Tr.
2. Ride Big Oak Tr. to the second entrance for the Tulip Poplar Tr.
3. Ride Tulip Poplar Tr. clockwise.
4. Exit Tulip Poplar Tr. onto Big Oak Tr. Turn right. Ride up Big Oak Tr.
5. Ride Redtail Ridge trail until you come to Tulip Poplar Tr.
6. Ride Tulip Poplar Tr. counter-clockwise.
7. Connect to Shale Barrens and ride to Culler's Tr. Turn right on Culler's.
8. Ride Culler's Tr. upstream until you connect to the River Tr.
9. Ride River Tr. until it turns into the Bluebell Tr.
10. Ride Bluebell Tr. until you get to the picnic area. This is a good place to get some water and take a break.
11. Head back on the Bluebell Tr. in the direction you just came from for a very short bit. Turn left on the Hemlock Hollow Tr.
12. Ride Hemlock Hollow Tr. uphill until it turns into the Culler's Overlook Tr.
13. Ride Culler's Overlook Tr. to Culler's Overlook. At Culler's Overlook the trail connects to the Campground Tr.
14. Ride Campground Tr. to campground. From here, if turn right on the paved road and ride it until you hit Culler's Tr. Turn left on Culler's Trail (into the woods) and return to the Horsebarn Area for refueling and a short break.
15. Get back on Culler's Tr. reversing what you just rode. Connect to Campground Tr. then to Overlook Tr. then to Hemlock Hollow. This will put you back at the picnic shelter.
16. Ride Daughter of the Stars Drive paved road uphill for a short distance. Turn left at Turkey Roost Tr.
17. Ride Turkey Roost Tr. connect to Cottonwood Tr.
18. Ride Cottonwood Tr. clockwise. Turn left on Wildcat Ledge.
19. Ride Wildcat Ledge (if you can) up and back. Get back on Cottonwood Tr.
20. Ride Cottonwood Tr. Turn left on Point Tr.
21. Ride Point Tr. counter-clockwise. Connect back to Cottonwood Tr. Turn left.
22. Ride Cottonwood Tr. Turn left on Allen's Mountain Tr.
23. Ride Allen's Mountain Tr. clockwise. Turn right on Campbell's Jump Tr.
24. Ride Campbell's Jump Tr. up and back. Return to Allen's Mountain Tr. and turn right.
25. Ride Allen's Mountain Tr. continuing clockwise. Turn left on Cottonwood Tr. Connect to Turkey Roost Tr. uphill to paved road.
26. Ride Daughter of the Stars Drive paved road uphill back to the Horsebarn area.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Massunutten Mountain Trail network.



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Review Date
January 5, 2004

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: mtnpat ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Don't bother, the horses have destroyed all of the trails on the South side of the park, and the couple of trails on the North side are not maintained and only about 2 miles in total distance.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
none



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Review Date
October 17, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Harry , from The Front

Summary:
This park has it all: great primitive camp sites, great fishing and swimming, and some wonderful trails for hiking and biking. The ranger at the 'welcome station' seemed a little apprehensive about us biking, and emphasised the fact that trail rides are given in the park. We ran into a group of horse riders and had some difficulty getting by them even though we were courteous.

Recommended Route:
Start at the ranger's office and pick up a map. Not all trails are MTB compatable, and be aware of horses. Start on Cullers and explore side trails. Tater patch is a blast. AJ's drop does just that, so watch out.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Not telling



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Review Date
November 30, 1999

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Patrick , from Front Royal, VA

Summary:
First ride there. All I know is that I am glad to see another MTB specific set of trails.
From the map, it appears that there are several trails that could be grouped together into a decent afternoons ride. I rode the orange trail out and back, which consisted of gravel road, single-track on the hill side, and double-track along the river. I believe that the majority of the single-track will be found on the trails I have yet to explore. Next weekend!! I give it 3 stars for now, I will adjust after riding the whole deal.

Recommended Route:
Start with a warm up by riding the extremely nice pavement down to the river and back, then head down the orange, no recommendations after that.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
that is a secret



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