Route: Wild Oak Trail (VA)

Location
Virginia, US
Description

Ryan Pelletier compiled this information:

The Wild Oak Trail is a 27 mile loop featuring big climbs and runnable trail. Elevations vary significantly, from a low of 1,600 feet at the trailhead at North River Gap to a high point of 4,351 feet on Little Bald Knob, and boasts nearly 8000 feet of ascent. Portions of the existing trail were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s to provide access for forest fire control. These trails were combined as the Wild Oak Trail, which was designated a National Recreation Trail by the Secretary of Agriculture in 1979. In addition to the trailhead at North River Gap, there are two other road crossings on the loop: at FDR 96 and Camp Todd, each about 10 miles from North River Gap (in opposite directions).

Credit: http://www.vhtrc.org/trails/twot

The Wild Oak Trail (TWOT) has been used as a race course by the Virginia Happy Trails Running Club (VHTRC) for many years, comprised of running 4 laps of the Wild Oak Trail.  So far, 1-lap FKTs have been set in these races, as below.

Post 2016 FKT's from the TWOT Races:
John Kelly -- 5h 06min during TWOT Feb 2018 (First lap of 4)
John Kelly -- 5h 13min during TWOT Feb 2017 (First lap of 4)

Pre 2016 FKT from the TWOT Race (the trail was rerouted in the summer of 2016):
David Frazier -- 4h 14min during Hot TWOT Oct 2013

FKTs

Comments

Going to give this a solo/unsupported attempt tomorrow. My time will be NO WHERE near the times during the twot 100 races..... I will be thrilled with anything under 8 hours.  Updates will be on my Instagram, if I have service. I will also post a Strava Beacon link on my Instagram if possible. @ultra.outlook

Ended up getting nervous about the time and took one of the roads out. 21 miles and 5300 feet of elevation. Great day, but didn't complete the loop.