OK - we are located in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains. One would think that there has to be some great mountain biking in the area. Well, one would be right. The area has single track to rail-to-trail courses that are astounding. Bring your water bottles though.
This is an all-around great place to get "outdoors" without having to really drive far or put out much effort when you get there. Hiking can be as easy as going around the pond, but if you want do some great mountain biking this is the place. Trails vary from easy and flat to steep up and down the mountain. A+, one of my favorites.
See the trail map
Distance from inn: 16.8 Miles
The Potts Valley Rail Trail is built upon an abandoned corridor of the Norfolk and Western Branch rail line. Called the Potts Valley Branch, it operated between 1909 and 1932 and was built to haul iron ore, then timber, out of the lush mountain region. Much of the 5-mile rail-trail lies within the George Washington and Jefferson national forests, while a small portion is on a private property right-of-way. Along the trail you will find interpretive signs about Potts Valley's history as well as benches to stop and take in the scenery or the quiet solitude of the forest.
See the trail map
Distance from inn: 21.3 Miles or 24.7 Miles
Can you imagine a 57 mile long, 40 foot wide state park? The New River Trail State Park has been designated an official National Recreation Trail by the U. S. Department of the Interior. The park parallels 39 miles of the New River, which is one of the world's oldest rivers and among a handful of rivers flowing north.
Distance from inn: 32.0 Miles (to our favorite entrance point)
A spectacular out and back ride for any skill level. This ride can be as short as you desire or up to 70 miles. Note on the map that there is an alternate start. If you start at Route 460 there is a large hill to get you warmed up. If you drive into the Jefferson National Forest, there are many pull off areas to park at that will save your legs some climbing. The route gets little traffic and flows through the national forest along Stony Creek and later Potts Creek. If you ride out towards Paint Bank, VA - you'll pass a buffalo ranch where you can always see some of the little critters hanging out.
Distance from inn: 3.6 Miles or 10 Miles