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Recreation
single-track routes where there is also considerable
elevation gain. That includes North Mountain near
Dragon's Tooth on Route 311 ("super challenging,"
warns McCormick) and Brushy Hollow in Clifton
Forge.
McCormick is a big fan of the off-road biking trails
at Falling Creek Park in Bedford County, where the
Fat Tire Frenzy course is a 7.6 mile loop with 644' of
ascent. Further away from the Roanoke Valley, but
not too distant, the Jamison Mill Trail skirts along
the banks of scenic Philpott Lake in Henry County.
Waid Recreation Park in Franklin County offers
several miles of easy to more difficult trails than
can also be cobbled together for a longer ride.
The Pandapas Pond day use area near Blacksburg
off US 460 features 26 miles ranging from easy to
challenging. The Patterson Creek trail system near
the Botetourt/Craig County line north of Fincastle
is another option.
The sport of cyclocross has taken root in the valley
and Virginia's only permanent cyclocross course at
Fallon Park in southeast Roanoke - a combination

of grass, dirt, gravel, sand, manmade barriers and
other challenges - now hosts the Go Cross event for
amateur and pro riders at all skill levels. Around 1,000
participants took part in 2019.
The Downshift bike shop in Roanoke sponsored
men's and women's teams last year: "We have great
riders from beginners to experts," says owner/lead
mechanic Steve Ambruzs. "[This event] draws riders
from all over the region. A lot of people have a blast."
Blue Ridge Off-Road Cyclists offers weekly
group rides, as does Roanoke Mountain Adventures
(RMA also has area trail maps on its website). Blue
Ridge Gravity is another local group, with a focus
on downhill rides. See visitroanokeva.com/biking
for access to listings of local mountain biking
opportunities and trail maps.
The apps Mountain Bike Project and Trailforks are
also good resources for information in the region,
based on GPS location. Visitvbr.com/mtb features a
breathtaking and very slick short video on mountain
biking in the region that's sure to boost your heart
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