Hailed by National Geographic Society as one of America’s Top 10 Mountain Bike Towns, Harrisonburg is the perfect getaway for heart pumping adventure. Harrisonburg is the Cycling Capital of the Shenandoah Valley. Situated in the shadows of the Alleghany and Massanutten Mountains, this vibrant city 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 and levels of cycling and cyclists. Cycling is part of our culture here in Harrisonburg. Come and see for yourself why the riding is so beloved, the roads cherished, and the experience casual and friendly.
Cycling Trip Ideas: Cruise Through the Bike Capital & Mountain Bike Ride in the Burg!
Check out this recent article from PinkBike on cycling in Harrisonburg.
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 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 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 east side and on South Main Street on the south side of the park. 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 trail.
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 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.
Smithland Road Soccer Complex
1542 Smithland Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22802
Located off Old Furnace Road and Smithland Road, the soccer complex sits on 130 acres and has three full size soccer fields, natural surface trail (0.75 miles), comfort stations, and pavilion. Additional developments are planned.
TransVirginia Bike Route
Explore Virginia’s best backcountry riding on this new gravel bikepacking and touring route focused on ridable, 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.
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
Repair and upgrade specialists, offering new bikes and frames. Personal service & specialties; 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.
Rocktown Cycling Studio
Plan great workouts to keep us fit indoors! The Studio will be using Wahoo trainers. Indoor riding is a totally different experience now!
Shenandoah Bicycle Company
135 South Main St. Harrisonburg, VA 22801 | 540-437-9000
Service is the heart of Shenandoah Bicycle Co. SBC is a full service shop, all repairs are guaranteed. Services include bike builds, bike repairs and the RENTAL BENCH. New at SBC: Pulp, a new experience in smoothies.
Shenandoah Mountain Touring
Harrisonburg, VA 22801 | 540-434-2087 or 1-877-305-0550
Special events, Backcountry Mountain bike races, and operate road and mountain bike tours by appointment only in the George Washington National Forest. Harrisonburg offices not open for business; please make an appointment at least 1 week in advance, rental bike fleet available.
Harrisonburg, VA 22803 | 540 746-1464
Mountain Bike Skills Instruction. TakeAim Cycling’s goal is to make the cycling experience more fun, comfortable, and safe for all. That includes novices who are trying to return to the bike and competitive riders looking to improve their edge.
- Harrisonburg was honored when the League of American Bicyclists announced a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) designation
- Harrisonburg was recognized as a Bronze level Ride Center by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA)
- Eastern Mennonite University named a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly University
- James Madison University named a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly University
Rocktown Trails at Hillandale Bike Trail
Shenandoah Bicycle Company
Bike the Valley
Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition
George Washington National Forest
Local Road Ride Maps via Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition and Bike the Valley
Local Trail Rides & Mountain Biking Maps
Listing of walking & biking paths in the City