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    Massanutten Area in Early April

    I'm planning a spring break trip with the family to Massanutten. I was looking to try downhill for the first time, but just found out that the bike park is closed until April 20th (I'm looking at the 4th-11th). Looks like all the zipline and kids adventure stuff is closed until just after my trip, too. Is there anything good going on at Massanutten that first week of April? My kids are 8 and 4 and my wife and mom will be there. My 8 year old can ride some singletrack, but the rest of the family doesn't really ride.

    I'd love to get a great ride in, but it will likely be just a half day or so and just me. I've got a fat bike and a full suspension 26er, but looking to rent a bike down there (any tips on shops to do so would be good, too). A great ride for me is slowly exploring singletrack with some challenges (but not overly-technical) and great views.

    We're planning to visit Shanandoah and GW/Jeff National parks. The Luray caverns are also on the list. Massanutten seemed pretty central to those places, but I haven't booked a place yet, so if there's a better area to stay let me know.

    Thanks for any tips!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AluminumMonster View Post
    I'm planning a spring break trip with the family to Massanutten. I was looking to try downhill for the first time, but just found out that the bike park is closed until April 20th (I'm looking at the 4th-11th). Looks like all the zipline and kids adventure stuff is closed until just after my trip, too. Is there anything good going on at Massanutten that first week of April? My kids are 8 and 4 and my wife and mom will be there. My 8 year old can ride some singletrack, but the rest of the family doesn't really ride.

    I'd love to get a great ride in, but it will likely be just a half day or so and just me. I've got a fat bike and a full suspension 26er, but looking to rent a bike down there (any tips on shops to do so would be good, too). A great ride for me is slowly exploring singletrack with some challenges (but not overly-technical) and great views.

    We're planning to visit Shanandoah and GW/Jeff National parks. The Luray caverns are also on the list. Massanutten seemed pretty central to those places, but I haven't booked a place yet, so if there's a better area to stay let me know.

    Thanks for any tips!
    The other side of the ridge from the resort is the 'Western Slope' trails. They're XC type trails with a lot of loop options but some of them are pretty technical - and all of them I've seen are a least moderately technical. I do not believe they have any groomed singletrack there. For that the closest option would probably be Narrowback Mountain just outside Stokesville in the GW Forest. It has some technical areas, but much less so than anything else in the surrounding area.

    Luray Caverns is definitely fun and you can spend most of a day there if you take your time. Shenandoah is phenomenal - tons of great hikes, visitor's centers with stuff to see, etc. I'd definitely plan on checking out some waterfalls while there White Oak Canyon or Cedar Run are good ones. I can't think of much in the way of 'organized' stuff to do, but the Valley is full of little hidden gems so if you just picked an area to go explore I think you'd find something worth your time.

    Not positive they rent but Shenandoah Bicycle Company would be my pick for shop in the area. They (the owner in particular) are a big part of why there are so many great trails in the area.

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    Thanks! I'm glad to hear that there's a lot to do. I was getting worried that I picked a bad time to visit.

    I'll definitely check out Shenandoah Bicycle Company; it looks like they do rent bikes per their website. I like to pop in and support local shops when I'm out and about, even if it's just a pair of socks or something.

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    Just over the mountain (other side of the Blue Ridge Parkway) Charlottesville has some nice groomed singletrack if it's open - apparently the rain has been pretty heavy there. Preddy Creek in particular stands out as an option with a fairly non-technical loop that has some rolling climbs and descents without any murderous elevation the youngster might not be up for. Just do some homework before you head over. CAMBC does have some trail status stuff online.

    That said, I mentioned the Parkway - it will probably be a pretty drive that time of year, I expect some of the wild flowers will be blooming. You can take that all the way to Luray, check out the caverns, go over the mountain to Sperryville and hit Cooters Garage, if that's your bag. It's a neat part of the country if you like Civil War history too. Lots of little actions took place here and there. It's a cool part of the country to just explore.

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