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Local ATB Trail Information

Where to Mountain Bike

Freedom Park-at the intersection of Longhill and Centerville

Williamsburg is lucky to have a number of different parks to mountain bike in.  The parks are operated by state and county governments while the trails are mostly maintained by the Eastern Virginia Mountain Bike Association (EVMA).  Please respect the trails and the rules that come with them (wear your helmet!).  Also be very careful as the trails contain some very technical sections. 


 Harwood Mills-Newport News

Harwoods Trails Overhead View

Three single-track loops connected by fire roads. Loops are labelled Beginner, Advanced and Expert but the middle trail (Advanced) is harder than the "Expert." A tad over 5 miles if you ride all three trails. Some ups and downs, some tight turns but no really steep climbs or any technical sections that'll challenge an experienced rider. Great trail for beginners or just to get a bit of a workout, not so great if you're looking to test your skills.


 

York River State Park - Riverview Road, Croaker

 

Location:
5526 Riverview Road
Williamsburg, Virginia
23188

Directions:

From I-64 take exit 231B onto Croaker Road (Route 607). Turn right onto Moss Side Lane after 1 1/2 miles. At the end of Moss Side Lane bear right onto Riverview Road. Turn left onto York River Park Road after 1 1/2 miles. York River Park Road ends at the parking lot and visitor center.

Description of Marl's Ravine Trail:

This trail is designed to be traveled in a counter-clockwise fashion! Follow the entry sign at the trailhead. Awesome approx. 6.0 mile loop. Lots of short, steep uphills, roots, logs, and switchbacks for your riding pleasure. About 2 miles in, there is a very steep downhill that can be very tricky. More technical and demanding than the New Quarter trail, Marl Ravine is designed with the intermediate to advanced rider in mind. Beginning riders can finish the Marl Ravine but will probably have to push their bike up most of the climbs and over the more technical sections.

Description of Laurel Glen Trail:

Laurel Glen trail is designed for the beginning to intermediate rider. At about 2 miles in length, Laurel Glen has a couple of "surprises" in store for the rider. There is a really fun downhill about halfway through which is almost immediately followed by one of the two most grueling climbs in the park. Even with the downhill and the climb, beginners should be able to finish this trail with just a little walking. Intermediate to advanced riders can make this trail a multi-lap workout. Trail Notes:About halfway through the trail, you will come out onto a fire road. To continue to the downhill and the switchback climb, bear to the right off the fire road. If you would rather skip the downhill and climb, continue on the fire road until you see the single track re-entry on the left.

Park Notes:

There is a parking fee of $2.00 Monday thru Friday or $3.00 Saturday and Sunday. This is a state park fee and is not imposed by EVMA. When you pay your fee ask for a park map, it shows the location of the trails.


New Quarter Park - Lakeshead Drive, Williamsburg (Queen's Lake)

New Quarter is the newest of the Williamsburg trails and as such doesn't have a description (yet).  The trail is located all the way in the back of the park. 


First Landing State Park - Virginia Beach (near Fort Story)

Park Map

Originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, First Landing State Park is located on the Chesapeake Bay. The park is Virginia’s most visited. First Landing offers boating, swimming, Nature and History Programs, hiking, biking, picnicking, a boat launch, cabins and 19 miles of trails on 2,888 acres.


False Cape State Park - Virginia Beach Southside

Park Map

No vehicular access. Located in southern Virginia Beach, False Cape State Park is a mile-wide barrier spit between Back Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Access is through the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and is limited to hiking, bicycling or boating. The park features primitive camping and an extensive environmental education program in one of the last undisturbed coastal environments on the East Coast.


Dismal Swamp Canal Trail  - Southside

Park Map

The Dismal Swamp Canal Trail, a former section of Virginia State Rt. 17, is now a multiuse trail open to bicycling, walking, running, horseback riding, and boating. The north trailhead is located at the intersection of Dominion Blvd and Old Rt 17 in Chesapeake, VA, and runs south 8.3 miles along the Dismal Swamp Canal, which is the eastern border of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Great Dismal Swamp Refuge.


Mount Trashmore  - Virginia Beach

Park Map

World renowned Mount Trashmore draws nearly 1 million visitors each year making it one of the most popular recreation areas in Virginia Beach. For many the park is more than just a destination for family-oriented leisure activities; it is also a model for innovation in natural resource conservation. Rising 64 feet above sea level and spanning 165 acres, the land Mount Trashmore now occupies was converted from a former landfill into a recreation area. Mount Trashmore was among the first landfill parks constructed in the world. Since opening to the public in 1973, Mount Trashmore has become a community gathering place and Virginia Beach landmark.

 
 
 
 
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