Best Mountain Biking in Virginia

This list represents the most popular mountain biking in Virginia. Use this list to plan your next Virginia mountain biking trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. New River Trail State Park


Following one of the world’s oldest rivers, the spectacular New River Trail—a linear state park—explores an especially remote corner of Virginia, where the river and forest and historical mining tidbi…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia"
Galax, VA - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Walking - 57 miles Best Trail in va - Click to view allBestBirding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Walking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#2. Wakefield Park / Accotink Trail


Wakefield Park is quite possibly the most popular mountain-bike destination in the Metro Washington, D.C., area. Its close proximity to the Capital Beltway makes it a popular destination for all the n…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking the Washington, D.C. / Baltimore Area"
Annandale, VA - Mountain Biking - 5.5 miles Best Trail in va - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#3. Douthat State Park


There are 24 different trails to choose from in the park, totaling more than 40 miles of rideable terrain. The variety of "magic" mountain bike trails, as some have called them, has lead to the park's…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Virginia"
Clifton Forge, VA - Mountain Biking - 40 miles Best Trail in va - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#4. Great Falls Park


Land and history are interwoven throughout Great Falls Park—the spot where George Washington championed a canal to skirt the Potomac River’s 77-foot “great falls.” This may be metropolitan DC, but bey…
From the guidebook "Hiking Virginia"
Great Falls, VA - Climbing, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Trail Running - 5.1 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#5. C&O Canal National Historic Park


This ride's general location is between Georgetown in Washington, D.C., and Cumberland, Maryland, along the Potomac River. Scenery includes splendid views of the wide Potomac River, forests, and moun…
From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Virginia"
Georgetown, VA - Mountain Biking - 185 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#6. Virginia Creeper National Recreational Trail


Beginning atop Whitetop Mountain, this spellbinding trail zips down the wild mountainside, over wooded canyons, beside fish-filled streams, to its midway point at Damascus. Beyond town, the scenery ca…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia"
Abingdon, VA - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Trail Running - 34.3 miles BestBirding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Trail Running Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#7. Carvins Cove Reservoir


This ride's general location is just outside the city of Roanoke in Botetourt County. Scenery includes dense woods with a lakeside picnic area. The only section of Carvins Cove on which it is legal to…
From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Virginia"
Roanoke, VA - Mountain Biking - 14.6 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#8. Great Falls National Park


Great Falls National Park is a natural haven for thousands of Washingtonians seeking solitude from the daily grind of gridlock and government. Trails about throughout this park on the river offering c…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking the Washington, D.C. / Baltimore Area"
McLean, VA - Climbing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking - 6.8 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#9. Fountainhead Regional Park


This ride's general location is 10 miles south of Fairfax, Virginia, in the Washington, D.C., suburbs. Scenery includes pretty woods and glimpses of Lake Occoquan. This single-track trail (a series of…
From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Virginia"
Fairfax, VA - Mountain Biking - 4.5 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#10. Brush Mountain


Brush Mountain has become, for nearly all off-road cyclists in this area, the quintessential mountain biking haven. Its proximity to town and campus- the mountain is cycling distance from the Virginia…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Virginia"
Blacksburg, VA - Mountain Biking - 8.3 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#11. Breaks Interstate Park


This ride's general location is on the Virginia-Kentucky border 67 miles northwest of Abingdon, Virginia. Scenery includes dense woods along the trail, and the "Grand Canyon of the South", a canyon 5…
From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Virginia"
Haysi, VA - Mountain Biking - 2 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#12. Sherando Lake Loop


These massive levels of ancient orogeny are just south of the magnificent Shenandoah National Park. They tower above the fertile valley of Shenandoah, nestling the riches of this Eastern breadbasket…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Virginia"
Waynesboro, VA - Mountain Biking - 18.2 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#13. Marl Ravine Trail


This ride's general location is 11 miles west of Williamsburg off Interstate 64 at the Croaker exit. Scenery includes unique, highly fertile coastal plain environment with growths of glade fern, ginse…
From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Virginia"
Williamsburg, VA - Mountain Biking - 6 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#14. Fountainhead Regional Park


This ride will take you through one of the region’s most successful off-road cycling projects. Originally conceived by a band of riders from MORE in early 1994, and redesigned with the International M…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking the Washington, D.C. / Baltimore Area"
Springfield, VA - Mountain Biking - 14.8 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#15. Middleburg Vineyard Tour


Virginia is quickly becoming renowned worldwide for its wine. And Loudoun County is home to a number of the Old Dominion’s nest wineries. This mostly unpaved (gravel and dirt) ride is set up to lead…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking the Washington, D.C. / Baltimore Area"
Middleburg, VA - Mountain Biking - 23.1 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#16. Pocahontas State Park


Bicycling has, for a long time, been a component of Pocahontas State Park’s outdoor recreation plans. But the Old Mill Bicycle Trail, as nice as it is, wasn’t quite enough for the growing masses of Ce…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Virginia"
Chesterfield, VA - Mountain Biking - 20 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#17. Stephens Trail


Camp Roosevelt opened in 1933 as America’s first Civilian Conservation Corps camp. Living in tents and earning $30 a week, unemployed men built the roads, campgrounds, picnic shelters, and fire towers…
From the guidebook "Hiking Virginia"
Edinburg, VA - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking - 8.5 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#18. First Landing State Park


A great ride for the family or the casual cyclist seeking an easy, relatively flat ride through a semitropical forest, complete with Spanish moss, bald cypress, lagoons osprey, and the chicken turtle.…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Virginia"
Virginia Beach, VA - Mountain Biking - 10.4 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#19. Flagpole


This ride is one of the state's all-time greats. Its only drawback, perhaps, is the daunting 7.5-mile climb in the first 7.5 miles of the ride- not much of a warm-up. Of course, this can be avoided if…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Virginia"
Harrisonburg, VA - Mountain Biking - 17.6 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#20. York River State Park


There are five trails within York River State Park (nearly 15 miles worth) that are open to mountain biking, some of which share use with equestrians and hikers. The Laurel Glen Mountain Bike Trail an…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Virginia"
Williamsburg, VA - Mountain Biking - 14.5 miles
Published by Falcon Guides