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Third Battle of Winchester

Average Rating:    (3.83 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 6

Main Trail is a self-guided tour of the Third Battle of Winchester. However once you cross the bridge on your left is the start of the mountain biking trails. Follow the trails until you pop out in a field, take the single track trail on your left side, it parallels the walking path. This trail takes you into the back portion of the trail, there are numerous trails going in every which direction. Plenty to ride and get a good little workout. Little climbs followed by downhills, some log crossings, a few switchbacks, a few skinnies...a little bit of everything.
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Latitude
39.21009402741599
Longitude
-78.1273627281189
Trail Length
~ 4 - 5
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Winchester
State/Territory/Province
VA
Country
US
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Review Date
January 2, 2014

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: FCPRD ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
As of January 1, 2014 the single track trails on this property are closed to bicycle use. The 10' wide gravel property trails remain open to cyclists. The Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation (property owner), is making this change in trail use to limit potential damage to historic areas of the property.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Sherando Park near Stephens City is expanding its existing mountain bike trail network. The trails at Sherando Park while not yet as extensive as those previously available at 3rd Battle, are of comparable feel and difficulty.



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Review Date
July 18, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: ttrice ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Lots of winding singletrack with short steep uphills, downhills, and some nice flat (and fast) sections in-between. While not the most challenging or technical trails, there are plenty of roots, logs, small bridges, and muddy spots to keep you on your toes. All in all, a fun and entertaining place to ride. As others have said, you can ride all the trails in about an hour, so don't plan on spending all day there.

Recommended Route:
Parking at Millbrook HS and off Redbud Run Road. While the Millbrook entrance is closer to singletrack access, I usually park at the Redbud side. To get to singletrack from Redbud, go down the path and across the bridge. There will be trails running off into the woods directly after the brige. To get to singletrack from Millbrook, go down the path and keep right until you see trails running into the woods on your right. You can ride all the trails in about an hour, so just get out there and explore!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Vance's Cove



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Review Date
November 4, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: capsfan ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is the trail I ride the most because it is the closest decent singletrack in the area. Has some pretty good variety in obstacles and whatnot. Log piles, ditches, little bridges, short steep uphills, downhills, and tons of roots can be found on the trail. Really not too dificult to navigate after you get going and should not be a problem at all to an experienced rider. As said above, don't plan on spending a day there as you can navigate just about all the trails in less than a hour. Great place to start someone who wants to learn.

Recommended Route:
I always park at the 3rd battle parking lot, but it is quicker to get to the singletrack by parking at millbrook high school.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Passage Creek (Elizabeth's furnace) is good, but much of it is hike/bike because of the giant boulder-stridden climb.



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Review Date
January 31, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Jwiffle ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
It's nice to have somewhere close by to ride. It's only a four mile ride from my house, quicker to get to for an after-work ride than the Furnace or elsewhere. Decent beginner to intermediate level singletrack. Can hammer around at a pretty good pace. Some log piles and a few fallen logs you can ride on, but no rock gardens or anything super technical. You can ride all the trails back and forth a time or two in less than an hour.

As for the broken glass mentioned by the previous poster, there is a lot of it in some spots, but I think the glass has been there for decades and just continues to surface. I tried to rake one spot clear of glass and I just kept digging up more and more of it.

All in all a nice place for a quick ride in the woods. If you're looking for real adventure, you'll need to travel down to the furnace area or elsewhere.

Recommended Route:
Quickest access to the singletrack is by parking behind Millbrook High School and entering the red trails.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Elizabeth Furnace, Vance's Cove, Cacapon.



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Review Date
October 15, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: woowoowoowoo ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I agree w/ the previous reviewer's comments. This is the closest trail to us so we rode it two or three times a week for a few weeks, now we're exploring other places. You can either go all gravel fireroad type of riding or take the red and orange trails for some windy singletrack with easy, short ups/downs. There are a few log ramps, nothing impassable. WATCH OUT FOR BROKEN GLASS - someone is obviously doing it on purpose as it is fresh every time we go and in the middle of the trail in several places.



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