Another map, another blog.
My last blog, “How Do You Map A Zip-Line Canopy Tour?“, talked about the difficulty of trying to map out our Zip-Line Canopy Tour, dealing with the rugged terrain and cliffs that surrounds it, and the new zip-lines we are adding this year. This map was totally different. It was easy to create.
ACE offers a guided mountain bike tour called the Scenic New River Mountain Bike Tour. It is a half-day ride that 95% downhill! You don’t find trails any easier than that. So if you haven’t ridden in a while, or you have young ones, then this is the trip for you.
Now, you’re more than welcome to do this trip on your own — after all, you can download the map now!
I recommend you book the tour with ACE for a number of reasons.
- First, unless you want to ride 95% back uphill, you are going to have to set up your own shuttle.
- Second, I would have to write a book about all the fantastic history and natural wonders you would miss without a guide.
- And lastly, having a guide along is just plain smart. They know the area; they carry emergency radios and gear; they are trained, and they have your back incase something goes wrong.
The map gives you basic directions and a profile of the Scenic New River Bike Tour. The trip details on the web page gives you even more information. But you really need a guide for the complete experience.
This is one of my favorite trails. It has a rich and colorful history. It is stunningly beautiful with waterfalls above and below. It is a birders paradise with a wide variety of habit giving you a chance to catch a glimpse of rare species.
Each season gives you something new to look at. In the spring, there are wildflowers everywhere. In the summer, it is cool with a canopy of trees above. In the fall, the trees paint a glorious picture. In the winter, it is stark and clear with scenic views in every direction.
You will cross 5 decked trestles (bridges) and see a really cool landslide. It’s not a true “landslide,” so to speak, it’s more like a massive cliff decided to step down and sit in the middle of the trail. There are easy steps and a boardwalk that goes up and around it.
You can see McKinley Rock (read about it in my “McKinley Rock” blog). Visit Historic Thurmond and the Railroad Depot Museum as you hear stories of the Dodge City of the East; Harrison Ash, a lawman who “terrorized the lawless” and shot 7 men; learn about the Dun Glen Hotel, with the longest-running poker game, and so many other colorful tales.
This tour really is an adventure unto itself. It is a rewarding experience that I highly recommend.