Rural roads with beautiful views. Easy to moderate to challenging all on the same ride; start/end at the parking lot across from the Middlebrook General Store.
START: Middlebrook Community Center, 54 Cherry Grove Rd, Middlebrook, VA 24459
PARKING: public lot available at the Community Center
DESCRIPTION: One of the oldest towns in the area, Middlebrook sits near the divide between the headwaters of the James and Potomac rivers.
The road out of town follows the path of the old stagecoach road south towards Brownsburg. The loop crosses the divide and rolls down Walkers Creek before turning east then north and gradually climbing back to the start.
The land here is mostly open pasture interspersed with woods; the elevation is in spots as high if not higher than some of the passes through the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east.
CHALLENGES/TRAFFIC: Low traffic for most of ride, sometimes moderate traffic on Middlebrook Ave/252.
FACILITIES: General store on Middlebrook Ave/252 between Cherry Grove Rd/670 and Mish Barn Rd/876.
DIRECTION: Counterclockwise (soutwest to northeast)
FACILITIES ON ROUTE: The only facilities are in Middlebrook.
LEVEL: Intermediate/ Active rider
WHAT WILL I SEE? Look for Blue Herons along Walkers Creek. On clear days, being on such a height, you can often see mountains that are quite far away. Having a map to help identify what you see is useful.
Route 252, called both Middlebrook Road and Brownsburg Turnpike, follows a very old pathway, used by Native Americans, European explorers and later settlers.
A cyclist riding at a leisurely pace will approximate the canter of the earlier stagecoaches – imagine!
|Starts in:||Augusta County, VA, US|
|Elevation:||+2765 / -2767 ft|