Our 10 favorite cycling destinations: Harrisonburg
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The Alpine Loop Gran Fondo begins in Harrisonburg.
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Jack Brown’s Joint.
The International Mountain Bicycling Association lists Harrisonburg as one of the 11 ride centers in the world—and it’s easy to see why. Shenandoah Mountain Touring offers bicycle tours in the nearby George Washington National Forest. The forest has over 1,000 miles of trails (mostly mountain biking) and another 1,000 miles of scenic dirt roads. Reddish Knob, about 25 miles from Harrisonburg, offers great road rides as well as mountain biking trails from the top of the mountain. Wolf Ridge Trail and Southern Traverse on Shenandoah Mountain also are popular with mountain bikers. Narrow Back Mountain and Lookout Mountain, both about 20 miles from Harrisonburg, are two new destination trails. In Harrisonburg proper, bikers enjoy Hillandale Park, which offers bike paths for all levels of riders.
Shenandoah Bicycle Company on South Main Street and Rocktown Bicycles on South Mason Street are good sources for cycle gear and local info. Bikers who opt to stay over often choose to stay at Stokesville Lodge near the trails, and gather at local restaurant favorites, including Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint, Billy Jack’s Wing & Draft Shack and Rick’s Cantina Tex-Mex & Tequila.
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