In the late 90s’, a handful of local cyclists teamed up to create the original Cycling in the New River Valley Guidebook. Although the original document was completed nearly 20 years ago it’s still used on a regular basis today. In 2015, the New River Valley Bicycle Association partnered with the New River Valley Regional Commission to update the guide. This website provides the most current route descriptions, turn-by-turn instructions, and overhead maps for more than 30 road rides, 58 optional/alternate routes, and nearly a dozen off-road rides.
The purpose of this website isn’t intended to reinvent the wheel (no pun intended), but rather ground-truth existing routes and build onto the original resource. The final product features new and exciting interactive route maps. For folks who enjoy technology in moderation, easily printable materials are also available. We hope that you will visit this site often and continue to use the Cycling in the New River Valley Guidebook.
The original guide was developed by: Dave Jenkins, Matt Miller, Micheal O’Brien, Michael Abraham, Larry Alexander, Bob and Mary Scott Coffey, Ava and Mark Howard, Aaron Hudson, Dale Kipp, Tim Myers, Scott Radcliffe, Bill Romig, Clemmitt Sigler, Paul Smith, JT Spanos, and Dave Reimer. The guide was reviewed and updated in 2015 by: George Simmons, Kenny Harrah, David Pynn, John Eustis, Tommy Oravetz, and Jonathan McGlumphy. The website and interactive maps were developed and are maintained by the New River Valley Regional Commission.
The New River Valley features an extensive secondary road network that interconnects community centers, neighborhoods, and open landscapes. The routes meander along valley bottoms, through meadows, across hilltops, and offer a panoramic view of mountain sides, streams, and an abundance of wildlife. While traffic volumes might be low, the topography demands cyclist’s perseverance. Multipurpose trails typically traverse a more mellow terrain; however, may not offer enough distance for the more experienced rider.
While utilizing the region’s on-road assets, you’re encouraged to be aware of local and statewide regulations. In general, bicyclists must: ride with the flow of traffic, ride as close as possible to the right-edge of the roadway, not ride between two lanes of traffic moving in the same direction, and ride in single file on highways.
Use the tool below to search for road rides in the region. Each road ride features an interactive web scene (not available on mobile devices) that can be viewed best using the latest version of Chrome or Firefox. There is also a downloadable cue sheet with elevation profile for each ride.
The New River Valley features extensive public forestland that offers miles of trails and dirt roads. The routes provide access to mountain peaks and streams that are distinctive of the landscape features of our region. Whereas on-road rides mainly let you appreciate the mountains from afar, off-road rides allow you to climb to their very tops, immerse in their deep woods, and splash in their streams. Your mountain bike can take you away from busy streets and busy downtowns, and place the region’s natural environment at the center of your attention
While visiting the region’s natural resources, you’re encouraged to mind your surroundings. Considerate habits of cyclists and other visitors alike will ensure that all people can enjoy the outdoors for years’ to come.
Use the interactive map below to explore the off-road rides in the New River Valley and nearby counties. The map contains a widget to measure elevation profile. To learn how to use the Elevation Profile Widget, refer to the instructions here.
Bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as other vehicles. Be sure to follow these tips to enjoy your ride.
Note: Learn more at Virginia Department of Transportation, Bicycling and Walking in Virginia.