14 miles
Distance
1,994 ft
Climb
-3,768 ft
Descent
3,186 ft
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Fore Mountain Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Douthat State Park
    Clifton Forge, Virginia
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    A
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #96381 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    5 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Manager

The Fore Mountain trailhead is hard to find off the Stony Run Trail. It is located near the intersection of the Middle Mountain Trail (Fore Mountain Trail on GW Map) and Stony Run Trail.

Follow the Fore Mountain Trail which is backcountry singletrack. This portion of the Fore Mountain trail takes you out of Douthat State Park and into the George Washington National Forest. The National Forest trails are typically not as maintained as the Douthat trails.

The initial portion of the trail is uphill and then you'll begin some very fun descending. The descent will go from gradual ridge singletrack to a very steep and loose trail. After this steep downhill there is a steep 300' pine needle covered climb. At the top of this climb you'll want to take a left (this is not marked but the straight option is usually blocked).

This next descent will have a number of switchbacks which will lead into some really fun twisty singletrack. This portion of the downhill goes on for a while so enjoy There is a left hand turn which is not marked but the straight option is usually block (see photo of orange jacket rider).

You'll eventually pop out onto Sulphur Springs Road, which you'll cross. At this point, the trail will climb steeply. Stick with it until you top out on the ridge. At this point, you're in for a long, gradual ridge-top descent followed by a steeper final descent into Covington.

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More Stats for Fore Mountain Trail mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,775 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,340 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,115 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,340 ft
  • Grade max
    -34.22%
  • Grade min
    24.539%
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    9 miles
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  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Parking Parking
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  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Boardwalk Boardwalk
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
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