1 miles
Distance
162 ft
Climb
-192 ft
Descent
344 ft
High Point

The Rocks Details

  • Riding Area
    Charlottesville
    Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • TTFs on Trail
    Rock Face
  • Global Ranking
    #99985 in Mountain Biking

Going under 20 starts with a lot of tough rock gardens along the creek with a couple opportunities to accidentally go swimming. About halfway through turns into more mellow singletrack that is typical of the RTF loop. The trail ends under the trail bridge where you can use a large downed tree to walk across the creek and head towards Riverside Park.

With the rocks it is one of the most challenging sections of the loop, and this section gets less traffic than others. Depending on the day there can be a strong smell in this section. Because of the challenge, it is one of the most rewarding sections of the RTF but it also is heavily affected by wet conditions.

The more commonly traveled alternative to this section is taking Linden->Nassau->Franklin->Broadway on the road.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for The Rocks bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -30 ft
  • Altitude min
    304 ft
  • Altitude start
    340 ft
  • Altitude end
    310 ft
  • Grade
    -0.379%
  • Grade max
    -20.394%
  • Grade min
    23.858%
  • Distance climb
    2,990 ft
  • Distance down
    3,518 ft
  • Distance flat
    1,298 ft
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

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  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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Directions to the-rocks-123797 trailhead (38.013330, -78.475160)
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