Flat Top Mountain

Distance:  15 / 20 miles

Climbing:  200 feet per mile !!!


Description:  A very challenging ride, this route takes you up steep, long climbs to the shoulder of Flat Top Mountain from two different directions with some equally steep, winding descents.  The basic, 15-mile figure-eight route can be supplemented by an extra out-and-back climb to the observatory at the top of the mountain.  The ride is particularly fun in the winter.

Stores:  None



1.  This ride includes several steep, fairly technical descents for which a mountain bike is recommended.

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Starting Point:

     Shady Grove

     Routes 601 & 628

     Free Union, VA 22940

     GPS: 38.268365, -78.611158


From Free Union, take Free Union Road (Route 601) north approximately 6.5 miles to Boonesville. Turn left on Boonesville Road (Route 810), then right on Mission Home Road (Route 601) at the church. Park at the intersection of Mission Home Road and Simmons Gap Road (Route 628).


Note:  Parking is limited.