18.3 miles
2,755 ft
-2,814 ft
3,124 ft
High Point

This is a great ride leaving from the cabin rental area in Douthat State Park. You'll take the paved road up to the Douthat Lodge. At the bottom of the driveway for the lodge you'll go straight into the trail and follow this to the Mountain Side Trail. You are gaining some elevation but there is not much climbing at this point of the ride.

At that the end of the Mountain Side Trail you'll take a right on the Brushy Ridge Trail. The next 1/2 mile will consist mostly of climbing thin singletrack trail. When you get to a spectacular overlook (with a stone bench) you know you are close to the top of the climb. The descent for the Brushy Ridge Trail will have numerous, very tight switchbacks before opening up to a final mile of very fast descending. At the bottom of the downhill you'll cross a stream with an old suspension bridge which will require you to dismount your bike (you can ride through the creek on warm, low water days).

Once over the bridge, take a right and jump onto the pave road and head north (right) for a 1/4 mile. On your left there is a small parking lot with the Stony Run TrailHead. Take the Stony Run trail and begin the long climb to the top of Middle Mountain. The beginning of this climb will have several creek crossings but you can get through these and keep your shoes dry. Continue straight up the Stony Run Trail, this climb is long and gets steeper as you go. You'll know you are about 1 mile from the top when you pass a right hand turn to the Tuscarora Overlook (a good out and back trail for a very rewarding view). When you get to the top of the Stony Run you'll take a right on the Middle Mountain Trail (Fore Mountain Trail on the National Geographic Map).

Continue straight on the ridge trail not taking any of the trail options to your left or right. Pass the sharp right hand turn for the Salt Stump Trail and begin a gradual very fast descent into the GW National Forest. You'll enter a series of switchback turns that will get tighter and tighter with each turn. At the first left hand turn you'll notice a yellow blazed trail on your right. (This trail is an option to take you back into Douthat State Park without taking road back into the park.).

After the switchbacks, the trail will drop you onto a gravel forest service road, take a right. Ride is flat gravel road to Route 629. Take a right (south) on this paved road and follow it 2 miles back into Douthat State Park.

Detailed Description
Brushy Hollow Stony Run Loop is a 18 mile less popular intermediate route located near Douthat State Park Virginia. This mountain bike only route can be used both directions and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route climbs 2,755 ft with a max elevation of 3,124 ft then descends -2,814 ft.
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More Stats for Brushy Hollow Stony Run Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    1,305 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,592 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,532 ft
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  • Distance climb
    8 miles
  • Distance down
    10 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,381 ft
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