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Dragon’s Back – North Mountain Trail

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Discover premier mountain biking thrills at Dragon’s Back and the North Mountain Trail near Roanoke, VA. Renowned for its challenging terrain and stunning scenery, North Mountain's rocky ridgeline, affectionately known as 'Dragon’s Back,' offers an unforgettable experience for mountain biking enthusiasts. The preferred starting point for this exhilarating adventure is the Deer Trail parking lot on Wildlife Road off Route 311. Begin your ride with a 6-mile stretch along the gravel Wildlife Road, followed by a daring 1.8-mile ascent on the Turkey Trail, offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Next, embark on the scenic 4.5-mile journey along the North Mountain Trail, reveling in breathtaking vistas as you navigate diverse terrain. Prepare for an adrenaline-fueled finale as you loop back to Deer Trail, descending 1,000 feet over 1.6 miles. Note that this challenging loop is tailored for advanced riders, with occasional sections requiring dismounting due to the rugged terrain. Experience the ultimate mountain biking adventure amidst Virginia's wilderness, where Dragon’s Back and the North Mountain Trail await with rugged trails, awe-inspiring views, and heart-pounding descents."

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