20.9 miles
Distance
2,900 ft
Climb
-2,883 ft
Descent
2,164 ft
High Point

This is pure Arcadia goodness. Creekside scenery, gravel climbs, fast downhills, and fire road traverses. Arcadia is a special place, and this loop shows off what it's got in all its glory.

You'll warm up on the road from your car, climb several miles of gravel, traverse a fast rolling grassy fire road to Pine Ridge Trail #15 - a fast and furious downhill that will leave you with a grin on your face. Chill out by the creek for a minute (make sure to see the old iron smelt) before beginning the step-on-your-neck Cove Mountain climb.

Top out, then scoot along the off-camber sidecut section of the Glenwood Horse Trail to get to the next fire road traverse before bombing down Little Cove back to your car.

Detailed Description
Arcadia Loop - Pine Ridge/Cove/Little Cove is a 21 mile less popular intermediate route located near Arcadia Virginia. This mountain bike only route. This route climbs 2,900 ft with a max elevation of 2,164 ft then descends -2,883 ft.
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3 Reviews & Comments

  • + 1
serac (Aug 18, 2020 at 13:25)
This is a backcountry ride, so come prepared. I rode in mid August in the morning of a cool weather trend and had an absolutely fabulous time, but I was prepared for poorly-marked trails, water purifier for filling up (water sources are abundant to refill), hand saw, and expectations of blowdown and some overgrown sections. I am happy to report my preparation paid off. If you're looking for beauty, solitude, and some great riding and don't mind dismounting on occasion or wending through high weeds in a couple places, you will have a great time. Recommend to ride early season to avoid tall grass and overgrowth.
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bsmith1996 (Apr 20, 2020 at 7:36)
Has anyone done this? I think the markings are reversed!
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MrkTrussell (Oct 5, 2019 at 11:31)
H! O,
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  • Ridelogs
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More Stats for Arcadia Loop - Pine Ridge/Cove/Little Cove mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    15 ft
  • Altitude min
    821 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,001 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,017 ft
  • Grade max
    -93.4%
  • Grade min
    42.1%
  • Distance climb
    11 miles
  • Distance down
    9 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 mile
Avg: 4 (1 votes)
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