La Tour de Clarke – Top Virginia Bike Trails
Early spring to late fall is the perfect time to bicycle the back roads of the Shenandoah Valley past beautiful vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains, rolling hills of pristine farms and along the lazy river. Mountain biking does not get any better and ending your adventure in our stunning Virginia bed and breakfast is the perfect end to the day.
Biking Day One
Arrive your first day at L'Auberge Provencale and start your cycling tour of Clarke County with a short ride along the White Post Loop before dinner here at the inn. The loop takes you past White Post Restorations, a world premier car restoration shop, and along back roads and farms of the White Post District.
The ride is approximately 7 miles. Return to the inn for a brief respite before dinner and dine that evening in the main house at our restaurant La Table Provencale.
Biking Day Two
The next morning following a multi-course gourmet breakfast, it is time for a more serious ride. We can pack you a picnic for along the way as you try the White Post/Rockland Bike Tour. This ride is about 2 hours and is over rolling hills with farm views and the golf course. The ride is 17.8 miles. After your ride, pick up your car and head to the Virginia State Arboretum, at Blandy Farm, to enjoy your picnic. After the picnic, take the long walk around Wilkins Loop Lane, which can be anywhere from 3-5 miles. You will definitely want to see the Estuary, the fenced in American Chestnut trees (which are being saved by the Arboretum), the Ginkgo grove, boxwood gardens and over 3,000 different species of conifers.
Biking Day Three
The third day, we recommend the Old Chapel Ramble. You can leave Cooley School in Berryville to enjoy the 21 mile ride past some of the prettiest scenery here in the County. This ride takes you past horse farms, pastures and is mostly rolling hills. You can extend the route to take you to Millwood and stop at Locke Store for some gourmet sandwiches and enjoy them across the street at the Burwell Morgan Mill. This extension of the ride will add another 5 or so miles to your trip.
And for those of you that want more of a challenge, there is the C&O canal, just 25 minutes north at Harpers Ferry. You can bike all the way to Ohio or Washington DC along the Potomac. We also have plenty of bike maps to take you all the way to the Country Roads Century Ride of 100 miles or you can test your will along Skyline Drive. We will be happy to help you plan your route or you can visit the website www.bikevirginia.org for information on the seasonal group tours here in the valley.