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The Wild Oak Trail

Average Rating:    (4.67 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 6

The actual Wild Oak Trail is a 26-mile scenic loop that climbs over several scenic peaks, including Big and Little Bald Knob, Hankey Mountain and Lookout Mountain. Most people put together various loops using fire roads and side trails to make for 12-18 mile loops. This is also the notable location of The Shenandoah Mountain Bike Club's annual festival, held each fall (e-mail me for details at Chittick10@hotmail.com
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Latitude
38.36696379052957
Longitude
-79.16954040527344
Trail Directions
The most popular loops on the Wild Oak Trail are found by heading south out of Harrisonburg on South High Street (route 42). In Bridgewater, make the first right after crossing the North River. Follow this road out to Spring Creek and make a left. At the next t-intersection, make a left and follow this road until you get to the intersection where the old railroad bridge appears on the left. Make a right away from that bridge and head into the woods. The road twists along the North River with several fireroads branching off, but stay on the pavement. Just after the paved road makes a hard left, and small parking area appears on the right.
Trail Length
your call.
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Harrisonburg
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Review Date
August 30, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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2.33 of 5, 3.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Yes I like steel ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Once upon a time not too long ago my cat talked to me and said Go North Young Man and ride epic singletrack so long as I let you live. Your grace upon this Earth is only at my discretion and soon I will call in my favor upon you. So off it was to ride. Day 638 of my captivity . I have been released today to ride my mountain bike. I will have to return to my prison and my duties of feeding my master THe Cat and providing for his boss the WIFE but for now I am riding.As I ride upon the loamy earth I contemplate escape but I know (they will hunt me down. They will not stop until I am completely assimilated into the folds of mediocrity and normalcy. Yes the Matrix truly is controlled by a woman.

Recommended Route:
Away from the MATRIX NEO.
You know what?? looking at the review dates for a lot of this B.S it becomes appereant that no one reads this or posts to this lame site. so to I wonder why I am here.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Any and all as long as the cat does not find you.



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Review Date
May 11, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Mike Collins , from Herndon, VA

Summary:
Assuming I went to the rught place - this trail is hard. I do not recommend it for new riders, intermediates - use caution. It's all steep uphill or steep downhill. Enjoy the beautfiul views!

Recommended Route:
Red Oak Trail

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Rock Garden, JMU campus



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Review Date
July 25, 1999

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Mark , from Jacksonville, NC

Summary:
Gentle, gradual downhill mainly singletrack with many river crossings (large cobblestone). Great beginner trail -- rode it with my 12 year old son to introduce him to trail riding. Thanks to the riders there who steered us to this one rather than some more challenging routes.

Recommended Route:
North River: Follow forest road 95 past Todd Lake, go to T and take a left on 95B and park at the North River Campground. Trail lead out the back of the campground for about 6 miles to the Wild Oak parking area.



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Review Date
July 8, 1999

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: richard chittick , from littleton co

Summary:
this trail is a fast roller through the woods with very wide stretches and lots of room to spin. it crosses the north river seven times, so be prepared to get a little damp, particularly in the spring.

Recommended Route:
north river gorge: this trail is found immediately at the base of the lookout mountain downhill, and can be linked up to the same for a 15+ mile loop that's 80% singletrack and 100% dirt.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
lookout mountain, dowells draft, little bald knob



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Review Date
June 30, 1999

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: richard chittick , from englewood co

Summary:
Do you like to climb? do you hate to climb. either way, this is, well, it just is. Maybe it seems stupid to do a seven mile climb on singletrack just to do a three mile downhill. maybe it is stupid. i remember the first time i climbed little bald knob this way. i didn't really know what i was doing. i just got on my bike and rode. this trail just keeps on gaining and gaining and gaining. before long you're really convinced that it's gained on you until it's beating you, then you realize it's a stationary hill and that's the wrong use of the word gain. then you hit the first false summit and you check out the view, somewhat obscured by virginia haze and your extreme exhaustian. immediately followed by the first false downhill and the extreme letdown of realizing you're not even close to finished with the climb. and then you finally get to the top, and it really is bald and you really don't care. all you want to do is get down, so you start down and then the trail turns out to be smooth but covered with pea gravel which means major squirrely turns and then before it even has a chance to really freak you out, it's over. and you have to walk across the river, and then you don't really know where you are but you know you're a long way from the car and you start pedaling. and by the time you finally get to the turn just before the north river campground that let's you know where you are (but that you're still five miles from the car) you start to wonder which is worse, that god-forsaken climb or this god-forsaken ride-out. oy. so when i told thomas i rode it this way, all he said was "oh, you're not supposed to ride it that way." i'd give it six stars, but this system won't let me.

Recommended Route:
Little Bald Knob, north to south:starting at the trailhead parking area, ride up the wild oak trail right out of the parking area. and up. and up. and up. and up. and up. straight through the trail intersection. and up. and up. and up. and up. then sort of off to the left at the top (as opposed to up the fire road) and then down. at the bottom of the downhill you cross the north river, make a left turn and ride the fire road all the way back to the parking area (it's a long haul, mind you, so you may want to scout the area and maybe even do it point to point).

Other recommended trails in the same area:
this same trail the other way (it's actually fun when you do it like that).



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