Mountain biking in Richmond
Richmond, VA has been awarded a bronze-level IMBA Ride Center award. For dirt lovers, rvaMORE (the local IMBA Ride Center) and a host of partners have raised over $325,000 in just two years to open up several new trails, including 7 miles of purpose-built hand-cycle trail, plus a flow trail and beginner-level singletrack. Best of all, this is a truly urban-based center, with great connectivity allowing riders to access standout trails without getting into a car.
The push started in 2004 when local riders decided they wanted something more than a couple of miles of pirate trails to ride. They got organized under the Mid-Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts, approached the city with a plan and grew the offerings to 38 miles, a dirt jump park and a bike skills area that are all within city limits. Most of the trails were built in wooded green spaces that connect neighborhoods and along the James River, making this a truly unique Ride Center.
It’s hard to think of a better place than this metropolitan city for unforgettable bike rides. Starting from downtown where the trails of James River Park System dance along the north and south sides of James River, riders will be tested by the world-class and technically-challenging singletracks that will have you beaming all the way. If you still want more, you can connect the trails with Forest Hill Park’s and Bell Isle for extra fun and rolling rides.
There are many other parks for mountain biking in the city such as the Powhite Park and Larus Park, both are true hidden gems of Richmond.
To the North of the city, just outside Ashland, Poor Farm Park is a maze of trails featuring steep ascents and descents on rocky and rooty terrain. And don’t forget Pocahontas State Park – the largest state park of Virginia located in Chesterfield County. The park offers over 20 miles of well-maintained singletrack designed for every skill level and more than 50 miles of fire roads snaking in a primitive area. It’s a place that makes every rider goes crazy!
These are just some of the highlight trails in Richmond. Come and find more tracks in the city, and tell us which one is your favorite.
Let’s rock and roll baby!
Photo credit: Hero image from Richmond Outside