Check this page often for updated listings of all types of cycling events in and around our area. Rides require, at minimum, an appropriate bike in good working order, water, and a helmet. We suggest a spare tube, energy food, maybe a little cash in case we stop, and your biggest smile! Many rides are held subject to weather. It's a good idea to confirm dates, time and any specific requirements, too. We'll see you out there — and have fun!
Local Off-Road Riding
These local rides accomodate a wide variety of skill levels from first timers to pro racers. These rides require a helmet and a spare tube/pump. These are open year round so dress appropriately. These are natural areas and as such encounters with nature can happen. In warm weather there are bugs, poison ivy and briars to deal with and there is always the possiblity that a tree may fall and block a trail at any given time.
Current ride areas with a link to a map of the trails
These maps are provided as a guide to distance and terrain features. They may be helpful in finding your way, but it would be better to ride with someone who is familiar with the trails to avoid riding in circles.
The Lodi Trails are private property and we are graciously provided access to this property by the owner Mrs. Griggs. Please act like the guest that you are when riding there. There is a donation box located in the parking area. Signs in the parking area request a donation of $5.00 per day to compensate Mrs Griggs for her efforts to provide quality mountain bike trails. There are some areas with climbs but they are relatively short, but typically have obstacles in them.
Many of the Quarry trails are steep with obstacles and technical terrain.Such features can make the trails very difficult for first time riders but at the same time very rewarding for repeat visits by experienced riders. The trails are located on a combination of City owned land, VDOT property and private property.Any use of this land is very much At-Your-Own-Risk with noauthorization granted by the landowners.Please help support efforts toward gaining permanent legal access by showing, respect for the land, good judgment and consideration for other trail users while on these trails.Encounters with hunters on the west side of 95 cannot be ruled out during any legal season so please dress brightly. Care should be taken to ride only on clearly established trails.Do not hike off trail and do not blaze new trail.For more information visit FATMUG.org.
These trails are located on The Quantico MCB. Access is available to anyone with proper ID (Quantico is an open base). These trails are very difficult and very extensive with trails connecting many different parts of the base.
Fountainhead Regional Park in Fairfax, VA includes 10 miles of great trails. With a $300,000 grant, these trails have been beefed up to include everything from bermed turns and buff single-track to rooty, technical hills and bridges; an absolute great place to ride. The trail is directional so be mindful of the signs This trail does also close for adverse weather conditions and riders can be ticketed or bikes confiscated if riders are caught on the trails when the park is closed. For more information, check out nvrpa.org/park/fountainhead or fountainheadproject.org
Poor Farm Park
About 10 miles of beginner to advanced single-track located outside of Ashland, VA. A vareity of technical trails from flat to rolling to steep. The trail system is extensive and complex with no clearly established route, so plan on finding your way the first few times out here.
James River Trail System
About 9-12 miles of intermediate to advanced single-track located along the James River in the heart of Richmond, VA; cinsidered by many to be the best and most challenging mountain biking in the Richmond area. This is a heavily traverled trail with no established direction so be weary of runners/hikers as well as other cyclists. The trail system is made up of 5 different smaller areas that all interconnect. For more information, check out Richmond MORE.
LAUREL HILL / GILES RUN MEADOW – FAIRFAX, VA
Laurel Hill park trails are built on the former Lorton prison land. They are sustainable trails built following the contours of the fields and open areas, with the more technical areas shaded by the trees. The two trails are connected by the CCT / Cross County Trail. The Giles Run Meadow trails are shorter and follow the contours of the hillside with log crossings and a stream crossing (dismount to cross). Most riders start on the Giles Run Meadow side. There is about ten miles of trail that are fun for all skill levels. All trails are color coded. There are two trail maps installed at the trail head and on the apple orchard loop
For the Mountain Bike enthusiast, take a look at FAMBE (Fredericksbur Area Mountain Bike Enthusiasts). They have a lot going and and some ambitious plans for mapping trails and getting all kinds of people involved in the pursuit of Mountain Biking.
Something that the Fredericksburg area needs more of is safe, scenic, and nearby riding/walking trails. Now there is a place you can take your friends and family to enjoy a day outside. It is the Dahlgren Railway Heritage Trail. It is abandoned rail bed that is being converted to to biking and walking trails in King George County. The goal is to someday link this with Fredericksburg. To learn more about the DRHT go to their website:
If you are into Off-road racing both on or off your bike then Fred Events has something for you to check out. Fred Events puts on a series of off-road cycling, off-road running and other races throughout the year. Check out there website for calendar of events and find an event that is sure to get mud under your skin.
As the name implies they are into the art and science of mastering three physical regimens, swimming, running, and cycling. They are very new organization and are looking for anyone interested in participating. You may learn more about them at there website:
Fredericksburg Area Trail Management and Users Group
For those folks into the local off-road cycling scene here is a group of die-hard cyclist that not only ride hard but they also work hard a creating the trails that the rest of us get to use (THANKS!!!) Visit there website and see what they are up to. If you would like to contact them use the link. info@FATMUG.org
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