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    Road Trip To Harrisonburg to escape Canadian winter!

    Hi All!
    I'm trying to plan a road trip in March to get away from all the snow we have up here in Canada. Just wondering if you are able to ride in the Harrisonburg, Virginia area in March are the trails clear? Also any recommendations for trails to ride, places to stay, bike shops and restaurants too. Thanks a lot for all your help!

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    March can be hit or miss. Weather begins to break but it's also mixed with wintery days here and there. That said, we will be riding something. Just some of the higher elevation stuff could have snow. The stuff to the North of town tends to be more winter friendly. There is a big mix as far as terrain is concerned and with hundreds if miles of trail to be had, a preference of what type of terrain would be helpful to get recommendations. Not sure how many of you plan to come down but you could try staying at the Stokesville Lodge which is right in the thick of trail heaven. It is owned by Chris Scott, the operator of Shenandoah Mountain Touring and he could give you up to the minute details of what trails are in the best shape and what may have blown downs or still have snow on them. Shop wise, you can't go wrong with the guys Shenandoah Bicycle Company.

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    Thanks for the suggestions. As far as riding looking for some fast flowing trails, and all the riders coming would be quite advanced. Do you think there would be enough trails at lower elevation to ride?

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    You should be fine. There is always the chance of a freak late season storm, but you should be fine. On the bright side, some trails that grow in later in the season will be rideable as the underbrush won't have come back yet. The area tends to drain very well so even if it rains, there will be trail to ride. The fast and flowy stuff will right around the Stokesville area. Braleys, Dowells Draft, southern traverse, and timber/ wolf ridge if you are looking for a big drop in elevation are crowd pleasers. Go north and things get a bit rockier.

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    Based on my experience growing up in that area, you won't have any shortage of places to ride that time of year. Many times if one trail is in bad shape, there's another trail not too far off that has enough rock on it to make it usable. I'd second contacting Chris, he's a stand up guy, and he'll have a good idea where you can and can't ride when you actually get there.

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