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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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.