In 2017, while on the West Virginia “Wild and Wonderful” tour, we fell in love with the area and the neighboring mountains of Virginia. In 2019, we decided this is ideal riding in these two states. With a name like “Wild and Wonderful “and “VA is for Lovers”, you can’t go wrong. These two states are packed with Civil War history, farming and coal heritage, outdoor activities, raw natural beauty and good ole southern hospitality that will create a memorable cycling and adventure experience you should not miss.
On our “Shenandoah” Tour, we focus on the mountains of Virginia, in and around the Shenandoah Valley and the Washington and Jefferson National Forests. We still visit the eastern portion of the state of West Virginia in and around the Snowshow and The Potomac Highlands. All of West Virginia sits within the Appalachian range, therefore giving West Virginia the name the “Mountain State.” We will visit and reside nightly in the historic towns of Marlinton and Cass, WV, as well as Lexington and Warm Springs, VA. There are some great small towns with art, upscale southern dining, Civil War history, equine centers, and wonderful adventure activities. Both of the Virginias have small towns with names ending with “Springs.” And yes, there are springs. Along with the springs come wonderful rock formations, caves, beautiful lush green farms and wildlife.
This tour provides time to enjoy the water and experience the natural caves. There is never enough time on a cycling tour, so consider staying after a few extra days to take in the local attractions, experience excellent spring fly fishing or call some of our local riding buddies for extra time in the saddle.
Active – Advanced
32 – 90 miles daily
Our daily rides are designed for what we would call a “fit” rider because of the short steep hills. Daily distances will range between 32 and 80 miles depending on the terrain for the day. Thus, we would classify this tour as appropriate for the “Active” level of Rider, not necessarily the Advanced rider.
Make flight arrangements in and out of Roanoke, VA.
- Pick up time will be by 3pm
- Drop off time will be by 4pm
- If Driving in, meet at our starting hotel in Lexington, VA.
All meals are included
All lodging is included
- Best Western Hunt Ridge – Lexington
- Inn at Gristmill
- Cass State Park Cabins
- Hummingbird Inn
- Greenbrier River Lodge
- All upscale lodging
- Transfers to and from the airport
- All breakfasts, dinners and picnic lunches on riding days
- Cocktail social hour on the 1st evening
- Van support
- GPS mapping
- 2 or more experienced guides
- Guided walking tour of Historic Lexington and the VA Equestrian Center
Driving Time to Lexington, VA from major cities:
- DC – 3 hours
- Atlanta – 7.25 hours
- Detroit – 9 hours
- Chicago – 11 hours
- NY – 6.5 hours
- Pittsburgh – 5.25 hours
- Nashville – 7 hours
- Raleigh – 3.5 hours
- July 30 – August 5, 2021
- Friday – Thursday
- 6 Days | 6 Nights
We meet at the Inn in Lexington, VA
Lexington – Natural Bridge Loop – Lexington45 miles; 3754′ elevation gain
Lexington – Rockbridge Baths – Longdale State Park – Healing Springs
43 miles; 3875′ elevation gain
Healing Springs – Warm Springs – Minnehaha Springs – Marlinton, WV42.9 miles; 2624′ elevation gain
Marlington – Cass – Snowshoe27-53 miles; 2700 – 4921′ elevation gain
Cass – George Washington National Forest – Goshen Springsup to 90 miles if desired; 5079′ elevation gain
Goshen – Steeles Tavern – Blue Ridge Pkwy – Lexington
29 – 62.9 miles; 1400 – 5779′ elevation gain
Total Miles: up to 336