Hailed by National Geographic Society as one of America’s Top 10 Mountain Bike Towns, Harrisonburg is the perfect getaway for a heart-pumping adventure. Situated in the shadows of the Alleghany and Massanutten Mountains, Harrisonburg boasts a diverse mix of peaceful county trails, bike-friendly city streets, winding single tracks, and challenging mountain bike courses, as well as outfitters and guides to get you where you want to be. Harrisonburg represents all types of cycling and levels and cyclists. Cycling is part of the culture here!
Harrisonburg is home to numerous cycling events and nationally recognized cyclists. Jeremiah Bishop, an internationally recognized cross-country mountain biker, pan-American gold medalist, makes Harrisonburg his home. You can see his influence in the national prominence of the town’s cycling events. His annual Alpine Loop Gran Fondo, begun in 2010, was ranked by Men’s Journal as one of America’s top 10 Gran Fondos. It covers approximately 107 miles and features 11,000 feet of climbing. Other popular cycling events include: Bike Shenandoah, Shenandoah Valley Century Ride and the Harris-Roubaix.
Come and see for yourself why the riding is so beloved, the roads cherished, and the experience casual and friendly. IMBA recognizes Harrisonburg as a Bronze Level Ride Center (Trademark) thanks to numerous green, blue and red-blazed loops. Harrisonburg is the Cycling Capital of the Valley with county roads and mountain trails begging to be explored on two wheels. Discover a comprehensive network of these bike trails through the Bike the Valley Trails site.
Places to Bike & Walk
The Bluestone Trail is a 1-mile shared-use path that connects people between James Madison University, Port Republic Road and Hillside Avenue, Purcell Park and the surrounding neighborhood, and businesses along Stone Spring Road. The shared-use path is 10-feet wide, hard surfaced, and is used by many walkers, joggers, and bicyclists for both transportation and recreation. Visitors driving to visit the Bluestone Trail can park their vehicles at Purcell Park
801 Hillandale Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Located off of Route 42 south on Hillandale Avenue, this 74 acre park has 12 picnic shelters, playground equipment, and a 1.3 mile walking and cycling trail. The trail includes 11 pieces of exercise equipment that targets strength, cardiovascular health, and flexibility. The park includes a regulation sand volleyball court, two asphalt basketball courts, three restroom facilities, two horseshoe pitching areas, and a reproduction log cabin. Shelters 1, 3, 6, 7, 12 and all comfort stations are wheelchair accessible.
Hillandale Park also marks the entrance to the Rocktown Bike Trails.
41 Monument Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Purcell Park is a 67 acre park located on Monument Avenue, on the park’s east side, and on South Main Street, on the park’s south side. There are two entrances to the park – one from Monument Avenue and the other from Miller Circle off of South Main Street. The park has three softball/baseball fields, four tennis courts, two playground areas, three picnic shelters, several restrooms, and a 1.5 mile walking or cycling trail. A large part of the Bluestone Trail cuts through Purcell Park as well.
Ralph Sampson Park
431 East Washington Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22802
Located on East Washington Street, Ralph Sampson Park covers 31 acres. The park has two picnic shelters, restroom facilities, two tennis courts, three basketball courts, playground equipment, a sports field, and horseshoe pits. A recently added, natural surface walking trail (0.3 miles) runs through the park as well.
Rocktown Trails at Hillandale Park
Rocktown Trails at Hillandale Park in Harrisonburg is a joint effort of volunteers and the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA). The trail system offers three different levels of difficulty to appeal to a complete spectrum of runners, walkers and cyclists from novice to expert. Designed and developed in accordance with the IMBA guidelines for sustainable shared-use trails, it has a system of stacked loop trails with three levels of difficulty.
TransVirginia Bike Route
Explore Virginia’s best backcountry riding on this new gravel bikepacking and touring route focused on rideable, non-technical, unpaved terrain through Virginia’s diverse topography and communities. Ride from Washington, DC to Damascus, VA on 550 miles of mostly unpaved country and forest roads, double track, and rail trails – far from the stress of vehicle traffic. The route passes just west of Harrisonburg through the George Washington National Forest, with easy access to town on beautiful country roads through rolling farmland.
Bike Shops & Services
Bluestone Bike & Run
1570 S Main St. Harrisonburg, VA 22801 | 540-434-5151
Bluestone Bike & Run in Harrisonburg, Virginia has a great selection of road and mountain bikes, helmets, lights, bike bags, running shoes, apparel, accessories, bicycle parts, and bike repair services. Bluestone Bike & Run is permitted by the National Forest and is excited to provide a safe and timely shuttle service for mountain bike enthusiasts! Check out their new shuttle service.
East Coast Bicycle Academy
1094 College Ave. Harrisonburg, VA 22840 | 540-433-3013
East Coast Bicycle Academy are repair and upgrade specialists, offering new bikes and frames. Their personal service and specialties include: training, road racing and mountain biking, commuting, time trial, tri, and touring.
50 South Mason St. Harrisonburg, VA 22801 | 540-689-0070
Located in Downtown Harrisonburg, Rocktown Bicycles offers quality service and great products from top-notch vendors like Specialized.
Shenandoah Bicycle Company
135 South Main St. Harrisonburg, VA 22801 | 540-437-9000
Service is at the heart of Shenandoah Bicycle Company. SBC is a full-service shop, all repairs are guaranteed, with a promise for exceptional service in a timely manner. Services include bike repairs, bike and accessory sales, and local riding expertise. In addition to service, SBC also houses Pulp Cafe, serving organic açaí bowls and smoothies.
Shenandoah Mountain Touring
Harrisonburg, VA 22801 | 540-434-2087 or 1-877-305-0550
Shenandoah Mountain Touring offers special events, backcountry mountain bike races, and road and mountain bike tours. Tours operate by appointment only in the George Washington National Forest. Please make an appointment at least 1 week in advance. Rental bike fleets are also available.
Harrisonburg, VA 22803 | 540 746-1464
TakeAim Cycling in Harrisonburg offers mountain bike skill instruction for fun, confidence and performance. TakeAim Cycling’s goal is to make the cycling experience more enjoyable, comfortable, and safe for all, including novices returning to the bike and competitive riders looking to improve their edge.
- The League of American Bicyclists honored Harrisonburg with a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) designation
- The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) recognized Harrisonburg as a Bronze Level Ride Center
- Eastern Mennonite University named a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly University
- James Madison University named a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly University
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