North of Roanoak and east of Eagle Rock in the George Washington National Forest, the Patterson Mountain Off Road Vehicle Trail is a varied 15 mile ATV riding route. The Patterson Mountain OHV Trail is an exciting trail for all-terrain vehicle (ATV). Almost 15 miles of trail contain challenges for users of differing skill levels.
To access the Patterson Mountain ATV trailhead from Roanoke, head north on US220. Just past Eagle Rock, turn left onto SSR615 at the Roaring Run Sign. Proceed about 1.5 miles, turning left headin south on SSR685. After crossing Craig Creek, bear left at fork in the road to head west on SSR818. Travel west about 2 miles and turn left heading south on FDR 5020 (known locally as the O&I Road). Proceed south about 3 miles to trailhead parking on the left. There is no fee for using or parking at this site.
The Patterson Mountain OHV Trail will be open from dawn till dusk during the following months: June 16 - September 30 and December 8 - March 15.
Note: As of September 2007, ATV riding is not permitted on any Forest Service roads.
Overall, Patterson Mountain OHV Trail is the 1st most popular ATV riding trail of all 12 ATV trails in Virginia.