Distance:   42 / 51 miles

Climbing:  65 / 65 feet per mile


Description:  One of the great favorites in the region, this ride covers northern Madison County and extends into Culpeper County.  There are exceptional views of the rolling countryside and the mountains; a three-quarter mile steep climb at mile 13 and the descent into Etlan present views of Old Rag Mountain from several angles.


As an optional out-and-back, turn left at Etlan Rd. (mile 13.0) and head up a beautiful, shady valley for 4.5 miles to where the state road ends at the entrance to the Shenandoah National Park (the last 0.8 miles is quite steep).  Return and continue with the regular route.


Stores:  Mile 17 (Etlan)




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Starting Point:

     Madison Social Services

     101 South Main Street

     Madison, VA 22727

     GPS:  38.379467, -78.257916


From Charlottesville, take Route 29 North for approximately 28 miles. Turn left on Route 231 (Business Route 29). The Social Services building is on the right in downtown Madison, on the corner of S. Main Street and Church Street.  The parking lot entrance is several hundred feet before the corner.