Dave Clark's House
This ride is one of my favorites in VA and is considered one of the best climbs in the state, and because it’s a loop it also has an excellent down hill section. This 21 mile loop starts on FS road 42 at 1,595′ elevation, and takes you up to the top of Bald Mountain (3,587′), then continues down the Blue Ridge Parkway for a few miles to Slacks Mountain. From here the trail drops 1,677′ to Sherando Lake. The scenery throughout the ride is spectacular and the ride itself is quite gruelling, so you should only sign up if you have trail riding experience. Its a long ride so be sure to bring plenty of water and sugary snacks. Remember: the club has 5 nice bikes that don’t get enough use. Grab some lunch before heading out, bring a towel for the swim in the lake when we’re finished, and bring some money if you want to stop at the “Blue Ridge Pig” (ranked on the travel channel as one of the best barbeque joints in the nation!) on the way home. I’ve set the trip for 5 but can increase it if there is enough interest and some folks with bike racks sign up.
UVA Outdoors Provides:
bikes, helmets, water bottle, seat in car
You should bring:
water, water, water, snacks, money for dinner, towel (anyone who wants can take a quick dip in Sherando lake at the end)