New Plan Offers Protection for Shenandoah Mountain is an article about a great example of compromise and synergy between user groups who enjoy their trails in different ways and want to protect the land that they love. Check it out.
Some portions of the GET are open to bikes and the Shenandoah Mountain Trail is one of them. (There are other portions of the GET where I’d love to eat popcorn and watch people try to bike it.)
Bikers have done a lot of maintenance on trail, and those we met ranged from courteous to ultra-friendly, offering us water (we didn't need it, but it was a very sweet gesture). I was not offended to share trail with them – I felt like they were the ones sharing it with me. I was grateful to be there.
The Shenandoah Mountain Trail would make one of the best section-hikes along the entire GET and I highly recommend it, whether you have a few days to thoroughly enjoy it or whether you have a day to hit some of the highlights. This trail has far-reaching views, a sweet tower, a hidden spring, flowing streams, easy grades, and is well-maintained. It also hosts the high point of the GET: a small field with seasonal views called Bother Knob.
This is a spectacular area. Sometime in the next decade I'll be deciding between re-hiking the GET or revisiting another trail, and this section is huge plus for the GET. No one who has visited Shenandoah Mountain would question why it needs protection. I hope this plan will become reality.
You can check out the Friends of Shenandoah Mountain page for more information.
For right now, a guide to the area can be found online. Soon it will be in book form! Woohoo!