North Mountain Trail: Dragon’s Back

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Dragon’s Back is the sister trail to Dragon’s Tooth. This spiny ridge trail is very technical and often requires some hiking with your bike, but the rewards are well worth the effort. It is an 11-mile single-track loop with technical climbs and descents. The rocky trail starts and finished off FS road 224.

Nearby Breweries

  • Parkway Brewing Company Expand Collapse

    Parkway Brewing Company is a 4 vessel, 30 bbl micro-brewery with a 17,000 barrel capacity, in Salem, Virginia, specializing in distinctive ales for the discriminating beer enthusiast. Founded in 2012, Parkway Brewing offers several beers exclusively on-site, as well as flagship beers sold in bottles and kegs throughout Virginia. Currently producing over 12 varieties of styles, Parkway will expand into new markets in other states in 2017.

    Random live music, from old-time bluegrass to blues and rock, and a variety of food trucks make this a destination for weary travelers who need a break from driving on Interstate 81. A casual, low-key vibe, along with some stellar brews keep the locals coming back for more. Family friendly and boasting an outdoor beer garden, Parkway Brewing has become one of Salem’s most unique and welcome community assets. Check their website at www.parkwaybrewing.com for news of Special Events both on and off-site.

    The tasting room is open Sundays and Mondays from 2-8pm, CLOSED TUESDAYS, and open Wednesdays through Saturdays from Noon-8:30pm.

Nearby Wineries

  • Beliveau Estate Winery Expand Collapse

    Beliveau Estate Winery sits on 165 scenic acres nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, just 30 minutes from downtown Salem.

    The winery features award-winning red and white wines in dry, semi-dry, semi-sweet, and sweet fashions are available for tasting, by the glass, and by the bottle. Bring your own picnic or order lite fare from our chef’s daily menu. Take advantage of the property’s spectacular mountain views, on-site hiking trails, fragrant lavender garden, covered veranda, stocked ponds, hilltop pavilion, Italian tiled reception hall, outdoor patio and tiki bar, and on-site French country-style bed and breakfast with catering.

    The winery and tasting room are open Wednesday through Sunday.

Nearby Shopping & Gear

  • Blue Ridge Soaring Society Expand Collapse

    The Blue Ridge Soaring Society is a club operation located near New Castle, Virginia in scenic Craig County. The area is surrounded by the Jefferson National Forest, where the Appalachian Trail stretches through the wilderness of Virginia.

    The mountain ridges running through the area provide great ridge flights for long cross country flights. When weather conditions permit, wave flights are also possible. The BRSS has a high altitude waiver window, allowing for flights up to 23,000 feet.

    Every September, the BRSS hosts the Region 4 South contest. One of the most notable contests was in 1990, when 17 of the 25 pilots completed a 1,000 km task, covering ridges in four states.

    Ground facilities include a club house with full kitchen, great room, and dining room. There is a large campground with utility hookups and a shower house. Most social activities are centered around a large, covered picnic pavilion and bonfire ring.

    Our club glider fleet includes two L-23 Super Blaniks, two L-33 Blanik Solos, one ASK-21 and a high performance LS-6b. The club’s tow planes are a Call Aire and a 235hp Pawnee. In addition, about 20 privately owned sailplanes are based out of New Castle International Gliderport.

  • Hunter’s Den Expand Collapse

    The Hunter’s Den in New Castle is a one-stop shop for hunting needs (rifle and archery).

  • Just The Right Gear Expand Collapse

    Just The Right Gear is a full service mountain and road bike shop located on Route 311 as you head to Carvins Cove. As a factory authorized dealer for over a dozen of the most respected brands in the cycling industry, the shop offers a comprehensive selection of bikes. Whether you’re a hardcore mountain biker, a leg shaving roadie or a casual greenway cruiser, there’s a bike for you.

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