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    Looking for recommendations in Virginia

    I am trying to plan a last minute mountain bike trip with the family. Originally, I was thinking about going to NC. But with Covid and the long drive, I think Virginia might be a better choice. Looking for advice/recommendations. I'm thinking Harrisonburg area or Roanoke. Or any other suggestions?

    Looking for an area that would have a good mix of trails. I need some easier rides that we can do as a family. I have a 6 y/o that is very good on his bike. He will ride 8-10 mile loops of single track in PA with some changes in elevation. That being said, he isn't going to be grinding out any extended climbs. My wife also enjoys these type of trails.

    I also have an older son that will be heading out on rides with me. Looking for some more technical trails/fun down hills/drops/jumps. We definitely want to check out some of the more challenging trails in the area.

    Staying in an area with other things to do off the bike would be nice. Most likely renting a house. A nearby lake for swimming would also be a plus.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Massanutten Western Slope Trails are amazing. They have some beginner trails, but most are intermediate to advanced, all are well marked.

    One to think about for sure.

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    My vote is Harrisonburg. Definitely not on the beginner side but there are some trails that can be ridden on the tamer side. There are the trails at Hillendale which is just outside of Harrisonburg. These are a good bit easier, although rocky in some spots. As for George Washington National Forest, that is biking in the outback. Hilly, flow, rocks, roots, everything backcountry. All is good there!
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    You may want to check out Carvins Cove in Roanoke. You have to ride pavement for a mile to get to the easier stuff known as the Lowers. 10 miles or so of rolling trails without a lot of elevation. The Uppers have a lot of advanced trails like the Gauntlet and some free ride type terrain. Explore Park has 12 or so miles of intermediate trails with ziplines, tent-cabins, etc that I have not seen yet. Roanoke River Greenway is close by if you want some urban riding that is pretty cool.

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    Pocahontas state park near Richmond is awesome. It has quite a bit of flowy machine built trails and I see.quite a.few kids out there with parents.

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    Thanks for the replies. We decided on the Harrisonburg area. We'll be staying near Massanutten, so we will definitely be checking out the western slopes. Also, maybe a day at the bike park? Hillendale looks like a good option for some of the family rides. I've been doing some research on the trails in this area and it's a bit overwhelming. What are some of your recommendations of the best areas/not to miss trails within an hour drive of this location?

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    I will ride the western slope at mazsanutten and will also do the narrowback mtn loop and the lookout loop in the george washington national forest. All are within an hours ride from harrisonburg.
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    Stokesville Campground has trails kids and your wife will like maybe 3ish miles of singletrack while you go checkout someting like lookout, narrowback, or wolf.
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    I'll 2nd the Stokesville recommendation. You can camp, or just pay a day-use fee, to use the facility (pavilion w/ grill, bathrooms, trails on site, plus a water hole to dip in at the bottom of the site near the bridge). The on-site trails are suitable for most ages and abilities, and loop around the camp, so you're never far from the car.

    Or, if you don't need the facilities, you can park any number of places in the area and get in solid rides (though none would be suitable for your youngest). Check RideWithGPS for SM100 race logs and other rides in the area.

    If time is limited, riding the Lookout Mountain loop is a favorite. From camp, it's a bit over an hour, IRRC. Narrowback and Tillman West are fun single track, not too technical, though you need fitness to get to the ridge trail. Wolf Ridge descent is rad, though getting to it is a big ride (or shuttle to Reddish Knob and ride the while ridge down).

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    Thanks for the replies. What is the best way to get a pass for western slopes? I saw a daily pass and a yearly membership. Do they offer a weekly pass? Any discount for kids? Can you get them somewhere in person or do you need to get online?

    Any recommended loops?

    Thanks again for all the help. Looking forward to our trip!

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    And YES, take the fam to BRYCE Resort man. Super tame flowy lift trails. The kids will love it if they have never done that type of thing before.
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