Mountain biking in the Harrisonburg area continues to be recognized, most recently by the International Mountain Biking Association identifying Harrisonburg as just one of seven Ride Centers® in the WORLD! (OK, there’s only one city not in the USA, but we call it the World Series in baseball, don’t we?).
Specifically about Harrisonburg, IMBA says there is a diversity of trails for every type of rider.
“Want to take a novice rider for a spin in the center of town? Head for the Rocktown Trails at Hillendale Park and follow the green loops. Step things up with the blue- and red-blazed trails and you’ll find more gnar than you’d expect in a city park; it’s the embodiment of IMBA’s “stacked loop” approach to providing progressive levels of challenge in a small area. Continue exploring in and around town and you’ll access everything from two full-on Epic trails (the Southern Traverse and Spruce Knob) to flow trails at Massanutten Resort. Not interested in buying a resort pass? If you’re willing to join the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition and log 8 or more hours of volunteer trail building time, you can ride for free.” Source
According to the IMBA Ride Center website, “The Ride Center® designation represents IMBA’s Model Trail recognition for large-scale mountain bike facilities that offer something for every rider. Bring your full arsenal of bikes to these destination-worthy areas. From backcountry adventures to shuttle-served gravity trails, and from expert-only to family-friendly, you’ll encounter the best the sport has to offer.”
Visit #26 Mountain Biking for more information about local mountain biking resources in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.
Virginia.org has an overview of mountain biking options here. The Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition is probably the best resource for learning more about all the biking opportunities the area has to offer. You can also go into the bike shop in downtown Harrisonburg, Shenandoah Bicycle Company, as well as others in the area for terrific assistance in finding a trail that suits your experience.