Free Union - Mountfair

Distance:  21 / 26 miles

Climbing:  105 feet per mile


​Description:  This is a pleasant ride with varied terrain, and includes one moderate climb up Fox Mountain with a long, fast descent.  Look out for the monastery around mile 6, famous as the home of the “Cheese Nuns”.

Stores:  None



1.  The first section of the descent from the top of Fox Mountain (mile 14) is fairly technical.  Use caution.

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Starting Point:

     Free Union School

     4220 Free Union Road

     Free Union, VA 22910

     GPS: 38.153653, -78.562438


From Charlottesville, take Barracks Road/Garth Road (Route 654/601) west. Turn right on Free Union Road (Route 601) at the Hunt Country Store. Continue approximately 5 miles into Free Union. The Free Union Country School is on the left.


Note 1:  Do not use the school parking lot before 4PM on weekdays during the school year.


Note 2:  On the date of the annual Charlottesville Women's 4-Miler (Saturday of Labor Day weekend), avoid Garth Road.  From Charlottesville, take Hydraulic Rd to Earlysville Rd.  At the reservoir, turn left on Woodlands Rd, then right on Free Union Rd to Free Union.