Afton - Sherando - Waynesboro

Distance:  57 miles

Climbing:  85 feet per mile

 

Description:  This challenging, highly scenic ride includes a modest climb immediately after the start, then a long climb up to Afton village and on to the Blue Ridge Parkway.  The Parkway climbs for much of the next 10 miles to Raven’s Roost (be sure to stop for the view) and continues on to Love Gap.  It then descends into the Shenandoah Valley to Sherando and on into Waynesboro.  A moderately long climb takes you back to the Parkway, then the route heads back down through Afton village and back to the start.

Stores:  Mile 24 (Love Gap; on the left at the beginning of the descent); mile 30 approx. (Sherando)

Alerts:

1.  1.3 mile stretch on US 250 from Afton village at mile 7 up to the Parkway has moderate, fast traffic.

2.  Descent from Love Gap at mile 24 down into the Valley is steep and fast; the road is now in good condition.

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Starting Point:

     Greenwood Community Center

     865 Greenwood Road

     Crozet, VA 22932

     GPS:  38.054717, -78.755161

 

From Charlottesville, take US 250 west for approximately 15 miles. Approximately 2 miles after US 250 passes under I-64, turn right on Greenwood Station Road (Route 690). At the next intersection, turn right on Greenwood Road (Route 691). The community center is on the right.

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