Shenandoah River Fall Foliage Ride and Hike

Join us on Sunday, October 23rd, 1-4pm, for our first-ever Fall Shenandoah Riverkeeper bike ride at the Shenandoah University River Campus at Cool Spring Battlefield! This is a family-friendly celebration of the river – and what we are doing to protect it!

And if you don’t have a bike, bring your walking shoes because this is the perfect place for traipsing along the river.


Location: 1400 Parker Lane, Bluemont, Virginia 20135

Registration: It’s FREE – but please register! [Donations are accepted!]

We’ll have complementary hamburgers and hotdogs for all of our hungry cyclists and hikers along with a selection of Spindrift sparkling water made with real fruit!!

Oh, and the first 50 registrants will be given a commemorative Paddle Potomac! Paddle Shenandoah! t-shirt (no guarantee on sizing availability) when they arrive at the event — so don’t forget to register!!

Rich with color and history, this hidden gem will make for spectacular fall cycling on its 5.2-mile loop. The Civil War Trust originally acquired the 195 acres of land in 2012 for the preservation and protection of the land along the Shenandoah River integral to the July 18, 1864, Battle of Cool Spring. Under the university’s stewardship, the land is transitioning from a former golf course into an outdoor classroom and being repopulated with native plants. The former golf cart trails remain, creating the perfect location for a fall bike ride or hike along the shores of the Shenandoah River. And for the uber adventurous souls, this paved path is nearly perfect for the long board, so come join us and surf terra firma!!

Besides the trails, the property has a couple of ponds scattered around and they are reported to have a selection of sunnies and Jeff Kelble’s favorite fish – the largemouth bass. So pack a rod if you want and engage in a little “surf and turf” recreation!! Just don’t forget a VA license if you are over 16 years of age. And this stretch of river holds some fierce bronzebacks if you want to do a bit of wade fishing. Reportedly, the ponds also have freshwater shrimp in them. No clue if you’ll see any of them but it’s good to keep an eye out just in case.