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The Dragon's Back

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No. of Reviews: 2

Park at the grouse trail and start climbing. The beginning is very rocky then it changes into really fun switchbacks. As you get closer to the top, the trail gets rocky again and the switchbacks are nearly impossible to climb. There are also so many leaves in places too that make you slip. It's like every leaf in Virginia blew onto this trail! The grouse trail is about 2.5 miles long. At the top is the ridge trail and there is a sign. You can go left to the turkey trail or right to the deer trail. If you turn left on the ridge trail, it is 3 miles to the turkey trail. This ridge trail is very technical because of all the sharp rocks sticking out in all directions. It's the rockiest trail I've ever seen! You'll see the turkey trail on the right. This is a very nice DH with some impossible switchbacks on the first half of the trail. Then the trail gets straight and fast with some cool obstacles. Back at the fire road, turn left and go about 4.4 miles back to the grouse trail if you parked there. This part is very boring because fire roads suck.
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Trail Directions
Take route 331 west from Roanoke into Craig County. Turn right on to FS road 224, about 2 miles from the Craig County line. This forest service road is also called Wildlife Road. Go about 4 miles to the grouse trail. You can go a little over 4 more miles to turkey trail. Both grouse and turkey are on the right.
Trail Length
11+ miles
Trail Level
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
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Review Date
August 7, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Wayne , from vienna

This is the toughest MTB course that can be ridden. Hell part of it cant. Narrow trails with 50 foot drop offs and steep STEEP down hills. EXPERT only. Seriously. This is the real real stuff and if your not good or carefull there is the real chance you could lose your life. Schweet

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Review Date
April 25, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Trail Boy of VA , from Richmond

The is a GREAT course. The only bad part is the fire road start. Anyway, once you get off the fire road you start a great climb that will wear you down a little bit. Once on top this is where the the fun begins and this is what makes the course - in my opinion. You go up and down and down along the crest of the mountain. The terrain is mostly shale that is loose. It would be nice to have a full suspension on the course. Once at the end you begin a downhill that is similar to being on a down hill grand prix course. You gain immense speed and then you must slow down to make a turn. Then you speed up again. You better have good brakes. Once down you hit the fireroad again and go back to the start area. There are some other sections that I did not include like the ring of fire and the beginner course. All and all, a great ride.

Recommended Route:
I ride on this during the race, so I simply begain at the start.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Potts Mtn.

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