Belle Isle

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AVERAGE RATING
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3.36 out of 5
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Beginner
2
miles

Singletrack
↑ 400 ft
↓ 500 ft
105
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
This is a very small network of trails on an island. There is a completely flat walking/jogging/dog walking/sight seeing/bicycling trail around the perimeter (wonderful views), then a bumping hard climb to the top, where there are several small singletrack trails. Coming down can be fun, there are several extremely hard ways down. Very short ride, but fun.
added by rehGramcounter April 2, 2004
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: do you rent bikes? -Guest

A: No you bring your own

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Reviews (14)
 

Singletrack


September 30, 2015
CFM Singletrack  
 
Review: A unique area with a lot of history. Very cool bridge access from the north. The main loop on the island is a greenway style trail. Singletrack exists on the hill within this loop. This area is heavily used by the locals so ride accordingly. Got lost in the singletrack sections but loved the area in general. Very nice views of the river and downtown Richmond.

Similar Trail: Petersburg Battlefield, Forest Hill

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Granny Gear

August 15, 2015
or2d2 Granny Gear  
 
Review: I'm giving this a 4 based on what people are looking for. It's a beginners trail and it's great for just that. Great sights, awesome location, cool things to explore and read. The skills park alone makes it worth it. It has descents, a small pump track, drop ins, jumps, roll overs, stairs, banks etc. I thought it was a great leisurely ride, the bridge getting to it was pretty cool and offered great views.

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Bunny Hop

July 19, 2015
 
Review: Check out more images and my full trail report at: http://brokenspokebikes.com/blogs/trail-report/36110788-buttermilk-trail-richmond-va-review. Thanks.

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Gnarly


November 8, 2014
rpmarheine Gnarly  
 
Review: This is the best intercity trail networks I have ridden. Plenty of technical trail with some fast flowy sections. Lots of hard work has gone in to building and maintaining this network. They have managed to maintain a fairly technical trail in the center of a city, and that's a feat that cannot be understated. Three thumbs up to the local volunteers!

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Trailblazer


September 30, 2014
 
Review: Very good flow and views of the James River area.Need a little more signage to keep from dead ending.A real positive that it leads to the buttermilk trail.

Similar Trail: York River

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Granny Gear

August 11, 2014
blaize Granny Gear  
 
Review: Basically, it's a short, flat trail that follows the perimeter of the island.Because of its location, it's got a lot of traffic on it -- not just MTB's. The challenging part was my patience in dealing with the all the people because pedestrians have the right-of-way in the park.

If anything, I'd stay away from Belle Isle and go for the North Bank, Forest Hill, or Buttermilk trails.

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Singletrack


December 21, 2013
 
Review: Very fun bunch
of short trails, something for everyone, including a skills area.
Combine with North Bank, and Buttermilk for a longer ride. If the river is not up there is a fun slickrock area at the south end/ start of Buttermilk.

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World Champ


May 22, 2012
Greg Heil World Champ  
 
Review: The big news: a skills park complete with two massive pump tracks, drops, a dirt jump line, skinnies, and a trials area is being constructed on Belle Isle right below the overpass (to keep it dry). As of the time of this writing, the pump tracks have been constructed, as well as a couple of skinnies and drops. As for the rest of the island, there is also a super easy beginner trail that runs around the whole island, but there are some more technically challenging trails that run up higher above the bluffs. Some of them aren't well maintained, but others are great singletrack. Also be sure to catch the 350 foot long rock garden!

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Epic

March 14, 2011
 
Review: I recommended riding this with Buttermilk and North Bank for a decent length ride. Belle is pretty short. The climbs are killer (for the area) and the downhills are short but fun. Great singletrack overall.

Similar Trail: Buttermilk, North Bank

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Granny Gear

November 14, 2010
njones145 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Belle isle is a great place to loosen the legs prior to riding buttermilk over to forest hill park if that is your desired route. It has a cool little single track trail to the left of the island as you come off the foot bridge. You can then proceed up the hill and thee is a nice little loop at the top of Belle Isle that can get your legs going. The downhills are extremely tough with washout etc.. there are easier ways down so getting down is not an issue. I would not go to Belle Isle to ride just Belle Isle the single track is short and you run out fast.

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Belle Isle MTB Trail 3.36 out of 5 based on 14 ratings. 14 user reviews.
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