Distance: 42 / 52 miles
Climbing: 65 / 65 feet per mile
Description: One of the great favorites in the region, this ride covers northern Madison County and extends into Culpeper County. There are exceptional views of the rolling countryside and the mountains; a three-quarter mile steep climb at mile 13 and the descent into Etlan present views of Old Rag Mountain from several angles.
As an optional out-and-back, turn left at Etlan Rd. (mile 13.0) and head up a beautiful, shady valley for 4.5 miles to where the state road ends at the entrance to the Shenandoah National Park (the last 0.8 miles is quite steep). Return and continue with the regular route.
Stores: Mile 17 (Etlan)
Madison Social Services
101 South Main Street
Madison, VA 22727
GPS: 38.379467, -78.257916