Starting from Stokesville, Virginia you’ll find a vast cluster of quality singletrack in the George Washington National forest as well as routes to connect to longer touring options. Hunter and Vince from CHUMBA USA set out to do a 2-3 day loop trip less about following a specific path more about trying to ride singletrack to the best descents and area trail features that Stokesville is known for.

Traveling this way is a great change from following the dotted line and allowed us, on the fly, to adjust plans to choose new options as we went.
Stokesville Trail features include:
  • surprising long singletrack climbs in the 1.5K range
  • equally long brake burning singletrack descents
  • lush Appalachian flora
  • lichen covered granite rock gardens
  • plenty of water crossings and creeks to camp near/jump in after a long day of riding
  • loop options to cover anywhere from 10 – 60 miles a day. 
  • a fun pace would be about 20 mi a day 40 would be a tough day.
  • area mtb and touring resource is Stokesville Mountain Tours 
  • many climbs have a singletrack or jeep/forest service road option to get to the top, the singletrack is steep on the climbs but beautiful, the jeep/forest service roads are also used in some of the local races like the SM100
  • view the video to see more
Bike setups for this trip were:
Vince: CHUMBA USA STELLA Titanium 27plus with 120mm of travel 1×11 (30t- 11-42T), w/ bags from Wanderlust Gear USA
Hunter: STELLA Titanium 29er version with 110mm of travel and 1×11 (32t- 11-46T), w/ bags from Wanderlust Gear USA
Special thanks to @homeonthejames for the edit and to CHUMBA USA and Wanderlust Gear for the bikes and bags!

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  1. Thanks for sharing your adventure. I want to experience some bike packing adventure too!

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