Afton - Loft Mountain

Distance:  52 miles

Climbing:  85 feet per mile

​Description:  Convenient to the Charlottesville area, this out-and-back route is a great introduction to the Skyline Drive and the Shenandoah National Park.  It heads north on for 26 miles before turning around at the Loft Mountain Wayside and heading back.  Great scenery with multiple long, moderate grades.

Stores:  Mile 26 (Loft Mountain Wayside)


1.  A fee is required at the entrance to the national park unless you already have a pass.  Most passes can be used for up to four riders.

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Starting Point:

     Old Howard Johnson's Parking Area

     US 250 & Skyline Drive

     Afton, VA 22920

     GPS:  38.030545, -78.857757


From Charlottesville, take I-64 west to Exit 99.  Turn right onto US 250 and shortly thereafter turn into the parking area at the old Howard Johnson's.  A fee or pass with be required when you enter the Shenandoah National Park at the beginning of the ride.