Fountainhead Regional Park

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↑ 1,200 ft
↓ 1,100 ft
217
elevation (ft)
5.1
avg mph
401
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173
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4.45 out of 5
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added by Guest on December 31, 2002
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"This mountain bike trail is strictly for mountain bikes. It is 100% single track. The difficultly and distance varies on which route within the park you decide to ride. Basically the trail is composed of 2 loops and an out and back. There are also hiking
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fundude1963 on November 20, 2014
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Review: This was one of the first trails I rode when I got back into mountain biking. It was much harder than I was used to riding 20 years ago in Germany. In the last 5 months my skills and confidence have improved dramatically, so now I feel I'm qualified to give an unbiased review.
Having only ridden the blue and the green, they're not really that much different. The first couple of miles, which are on the green, are the hardest of the whole course to me. There are narrow tracks with steep slopes on the left or right, which will make you grab your handlebars tight, hit your brakes and thank God you stayed on the trail. Honestly, that's the hardest part of the blue and green. To me, the only reason why the blue is rated harder is not the level of technicality, but the climbing. Switchbacks like Lombard St. in San Francisco, and lots of them! Stop if you're tired and rest. But honestly, don't let the blue color intimated you from riding. It's fun, but the green parts are where the biggest threats to a big fall come IMO.

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Guest on November 6, 2014
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Review: I am not going to describe the trail because many already have. What is important to know is that you enter the trail to bike, leave with smile, wake up with sore muscles, and return to ride again because it will not fail to deliver a great experience.

Similar Trail: Wakefield is a nice way to prep for Fountainhead.

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metalmok on October 3, 2014
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Review: I rode here a bunch when I lived in Northern Virginia. I find myself pining for it when I daydream. The first time I rode it, it beat me. I quit 300 yards from the finish, not knowing how much further it was. I was so tired that I couldn't suck any water out of my Camelback. I had to lean my back up against a tree to force any water out. Needless to say over the years I had many epic days and many terrible days here. It is my favorite trail of all time. I measure how well I am riding by this benchmark trail...

This is not a trail to bring your inexperienced friends on. I have ruined a couple of people because this is the first mountain bike trail they rode. They never rode with me again...

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Tuga Rider on September 25, 2014
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Review: Fountainhead is just an incredible trail.
I have ridden the green and blue, but have not been to the black just yet, I need a bit more riding and maybe a different bike for the black.
I have spoken to a few people in the area and everyone tells me for the black, unless you use a full suspension bike it might be but challenging, so since I only have a hard tail have not ventured myself in it.
So how is the blue and the green, well the green is almost the blue in most other trails I have been and the blue I would say equivalent to the blacks somewhere else in this region.
This is a challenging trail and it will take time to ride.m it has some quite steep downhills and when you ride if you go downhill, at some point you also just go up, so get ready when going up, not only some are quite steep, but also long.
This is a very fun and challenging trail and with an incredible maintenance, if it rains it closes, this the level of maintenance it gets!!!!

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Guest on September 21, 2014
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Review: The Fountainhead mountainbike trail has been "re-modeled" and is now 11 miles of constant up and down. Many regular riders feel the back expert loop is longer than the 3.93 miles listed on the map. It might be because you feel like every direction back on this part is uphill!

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elekto on September 7, 2014
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Review: Rode all 3 loops today. Just perfect!

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Guest on August 15, 2014
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Review: Excellent Ride! Very fast downhills for the area. Impressed with the well marked and well groomed trails. Green trail should be ok for beginners, but blue/black only recommended for a seasoned rider.

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Guest on July 14, 2014
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Review: First time in 20 years since I biked in Northern California with blazing super-wide fire trails. Got my arse handed to me. The occasional tree roots in Northern California seem to be everywhere on the Green. Granted, I'm 20 years older and 20 lbs heavier, but man, the green trail seems to be more intermediate than beginner. Definitely not for newbies. I would definitely go again and get more speed.

Similar Trail: Tilden, Marin, etc.

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Team_Rubythroat on June 29, 2014
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Review: Awesome ride (until you get a flat tire). I did the Green and Blue loops.

Similar Trail: Wakefield, Schaeffer, Patapsco

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six8fbird on June 1, 2014
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Review: Well maintained and constant trail condition updates on their Facebook page. Coming from northern CA, this has been as close as it's got as for nice flowy singletrack. The girlfriend and I will do the green and blue loop and call it a day, usually an 1 hr 45 minutes.

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okayhop on May 27, 2014
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Review: As I reached the entrance to the trail, a lady was riding out and exclaimed to her partner that "she had never seen anything like it!" She was correct.

Fountainhead (FH) is a stacked system of trails ranging from beginner, intermediate, to expert (green, blue, and black). It is also directional so you won't have to worry about someone coming at you except for the occasional person that took a wrong turn. The beginner and intermediate trails are well maintained for the skill level and have great flow to them. They will also test your fitness as it is a roller coaster of up, down, and turn from the very beginning. The black trail in one word: silly. Drops, jumps, rock gardens, skinny skinnies, off camber, the works. There are some sections for technical flow here. There are also a lot of sections that just test whether you can maneuver a MTB around on terrain.

As with any trail, take your time the first time through, especially on the black trail! Some some of the features on the black trail had me wondering why I didn't bring my bike park gear...

FH is a real gem. It will truly make you forget that you are in the hustle and bustle of Northern Virginia with its views and proximity to the water. Make a day out of it and don't just grip and rip (unless you live close and ride it all the time ;) )

Similar Trail: Patapsco

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cudneys on May 26, 2014
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Review: Fantastic trail. Well designed, well kept.

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AJ711 on May 22, 2014
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Review: Finally got out and rode portions of the new Black trail. It is super gnarly, and definitely an EXPERT only trail. The Blue and Green trails have NOTHING in comparison to what the new Black portions have. TONS of rock gardens, random rocks in the trail, skinnies, elevated sections, 3 HUGE drops, lots of roots, and tons of tight and technical single track.

If you haven't ridden it yet, take it VERY SLOWLY the first few times through. There are lots of blind jumps, blind corners and places to get caught out and end up crashing on the side. The local Fire/Rescue department has hauled PLENTY of riders out already due to poor judgement on their part of their abilities or what the trail was dishing out to them.

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zachmugen on January 2, 2014
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Review: Fountainhead is the best maintained trail in the area, if you haven't been there yet you should definitely try it out. The green trail is fast and flowy and the blue trail offers some technical sections that are fun. Not a good trail to take a beginner, and it will hurt if you are out of shape.

I haven't been to the black trail since they started working on it again but I plan to visit if I can make it later this year.

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Daniel_Sheets on December 16, 2013
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Review: I love
almost every aspect these are great trails.very good flow and well build berms.The technical section is very good.

Similar Trail: Angler's Ridge

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jbaker0005 on December 12, 2013
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Review: Absolutely amazing. Best singletrack in Northern Virginia. Even better after the recent work.

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sticksofkansas on November 18, 2013
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Review: They really take good care of this trail system!
Lots of good windy turns and BIG berms which I love to hit hard.
Good technical trail and not for the feint of heart!

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Hamid Rabie on August 25, 2013
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Review: Fountainhead is a treasure and one of the best trails in the DC Metro area. Get ready for a challenge...the trail will kick your ass if you're not ready. Challenging and Exhilarating, you will get a high afterwards and will be addicted. After a few times you get into the flow of the trail...awesome... highly recommend checking this one out!

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emaane on June 20, 2013
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Review: Best and most challenging trails in DC area. Fast downhills include plenty of drops, berms and jumps. Downhills are followed by sudden climbs to get to the next fast downhill. Hats off to MORE for their continued renovations and improvements to these trails.
These trails will make you a better mountain biker, regardless of skill level.

Similar Trail: maybe Rosaryville, but more strenuous at Fountainhead

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jhargis on April 5, 2013
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Review: As of 5 April, 2013 at 3pm - the park had the trail listed as closed. I'm new to the forum so I figured I would post the changed status. Hopefully the status changes soon so we can get back to the trail.

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Guest on November 12, 2012
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Review: This trail is probably the best and most well-maintained trail in all of Northern Virginia. I have been riding Lodi Farm, Argyle, and the Fredericksburg Quarry trails and Fountainhead blows them all out of the water. I haven't ridden FH since 2003 and I went back for the first time since they restructured the trail. It is unbelievable. Banks, sweet downhills, but the hills are NOT THAT BAD. Amazingly, they built it in a way, at least on the green and blue trails, where the uphills are back and forth so you're not getting smoked getting UP so you can enjoy the DOWN. Theres a black trail that's an extra 3 miles you can also tack on to the 6 combined of the green and blue to get the full ride. I went there on a 60 degree day in November and there were tons of mtn bikers getting ready but there was not a logjam. The course spreads people out and everybody is considerate, like a mountain biking family. The course is clean, no trash and plenty of signs to keep you on course. I would recommend it to anybody looking for an intermediate course. Of course, the trail is designed that you can generate plenty of speed, hit intended obstacles built in to the course on the way down, and really hurt yourself if you don't have the bike necessary and know how to ride it. Finally, for a trail in No. VA, Fountainhead does not have a whole lot of rooty areas at all.

Similar Trail: Lodi Farm

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AJ711 on September 4, 2012
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Review: I have been "riding" for years, but had not ventured out on trails until recently. Fountainhead was the first place I rode with friends and it did two things to me. One, kicked the snot out of me. There are few breaks and easy areas of this trail system. You are either pushing hard up a hill or hanging on for dear life going down the other side. And the second thing it did was get me hooked on trail riding. Just don't ride here while hungover. It'll chew you up and spit you out and if you're lucky, your bike will still work even if you're bruised and scraped up.

Similar Trail: Everything else I've ridden (not that much, as of this time) pales in comparison to Fountainhead. I find myself off on other trails and remarking to myself how much easier it is compared to Fountainhead, or how less technical, or how few root/rock garden

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bodong311 on August 27, 2012
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Review: Awesome place. One of the best courses in nova. Trails are well upkeep.

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monkee3700 on August 24, 2012
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Review: It was my first time on this trail yesterday. I'm still pretty novice, just started riding about 6 months ago. Pretty intense right at the jump off. Definitely a lung burner! The hills are pretty brutal, but totally worth the decents. Lots of fun, fast, twisty singletrack. Have your game face on, no real recovery spots. Great ride and an excellent challenge

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luv2mtb on August 13, 2012
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Review: This trail was my first true exposure to XC/MTB years ago; it was nearly the death of me back then. Hadn't been back since, until today, with much improved skills and an exponentially stronger set of legs. I rode all 11 miles straight through and had a great time. The trail seems more mellow than I remember but much more enjoyable. I've ridden hundreds of miles of singletrack out West and I'm here to tell you that Fountainhead is a dandy little stretch of trail.

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wayneswork on June 4, 2012
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Review: Well done to the trail builders-you're obviously a dedicated bunch! Huge fun had by 3 new-to-the area technically competent racing mountainbikers. Something for everyone-get your butt off the couch and go ride it!

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trnsprt on May 13, 2012
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Review: Fountainhead has been improved by MORE. http://fountainheadproject.org/ The upgrade is very good. Improved the flow and enjoyment exponentially. It is a great use of the available topography. A "rollercoaster" style trail at the beginning and end. If you haven't ridden Fountainhead in a while you will be in for a nice surprise. Now as a previous poster has mentioned this trail does not constitute a "excellent" compared to Moab or Fruita. It is a regional excellent. Also according to singletracks rating system it is extremely difficult. But in reality it isn't a technical challenge. It is tight and twisty in places. There are some drops. Great whoop de do's, rock gardens and roots. No sustained climbing. But enough up and down to keep your heart beating if you ride it without stopping. Great redesign of the beginning and end of the trail. Still has all of the Virginia rootiness in the middle. Very much worth the drive if you are looking to sample one of flat land Virginia's best trails.

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hendo26 on March 28, 2012
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Review: i am new to the area and am very impressed, a lot of good work has been done here, good speed/climbs. reminds me of colorado. PLEASE READ THE SIGNS p.s. epic seating!!

Similar Trail: the rockies in general

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payne1302 on March 4, 2012
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Review: I'm really impressed with the quality of work that is going on at fountainhead right now. Overworked sections are getting a rest and the new additions make the run more interesting and significantly improve the flow. Sure, its northern Virginia, and this place probably gets a higher rating than it deserves, but as with any subjective rating system, regional bias and experience dictate the difficulty and quality of trail. If you live in NOVA this place beats pretty much everything else.

Similar Trail: Quantico

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ride14fun on January 3, 2012
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Review: Not worth the drive. CLEARLY not a black diamond trail. Too much of the same thing over and over. Guys you need to rate this as easy. If you think this is hard try Governer Dicks trail 15 or Porcupine trail Moab. PLEASE change this rating to EASY and not worth the drive.

Similar Trail: like ray's town lake trails

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jfigel76 on October 25, 2011
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Review: I love this park. It has everything, good scenery, roots, downhills, uphills, techs, advanced sections, distance, solitude (on off days), directional, mountain bikers only, no hikers or horses, great trail maintenance. About a 9 mile loop, takes about an hour to do, but you can truncate. Only bad part for me is traffic in NOVA. No entrance fees. Area closed when wet or snowy, read entrance sign.

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GoGetter21 on September 18, 2011
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Review: Best trail in the DC area! well labeled and a great mix of downhill, climbs and technical.

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rutleyj on September 18, 2011
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Review: it is a lung burner in parts but has some great man made obstacles that are fun and challenging. a little bit for everyone. this is my regular trail.

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W1MSR on August 3, 2011
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Review: Awesome will be back again!!

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Jkizz on July 7, 2011
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Review: I ended up doing 7 miles my first run, then doubled back to check out the obstacle course. There are some hills and downhill sections that will surprise you. There is also a constructed technical air bridge section that will have you riding 5ft in the air on planks! Loved it. I gave it 4 stars because it lacks a signature long downhill run. It is moderately difficult with only one short "Extremely Difficult" section (or so the sign said)... it was really just a steep fast hill"

Similar Trail: Rosaryville but less flowy.

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trnsprt on June 27, 2011
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Review: Yeah, there isn't much to add. If you are a VA rider you are used to the conditions. More up and down rolling x-cntry than riding out in the hills to the west but you deal with the terrain you are dealt and I think the trail design squeezes the best out of the area. It's a challenge for sure. The folks that design and keep up the trail do a wonderful job. It's a great time for flatter land riding.

Similar Trail: Lodi Farm

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ArcWest on June 25, 2011
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Review: Okay, here's the real deal. This is not a tough circuit (if you think this place is gnar gnar, you're probably low on the skills and stamina). The hill climbs are short and so are the downhill sections. That said, it's still the best in the area with sections of s-track, rooty works, whoops, and enough mileage to make it worth the drive. 4 stars for NoVA, 3 otherwise.

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Trailburger on June 6, 2011
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Review: Killer course, but loved it!. I am somewhat of a novice rider and took on the trail not knowing clearly what I was getting into. It has lots of roots, rocks, and turns, which tossed me off my bike. Hills were tough as well. But in the end, it was freaking awesome...and I now plan to race it in August.

* Review edited 6/6/2011

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Mac10Matt on May 8, 2011
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Review: Fun trail. I was really impressed by this trail that was not too far from DC. It is well marked, well maintained, and lots of fun. I wouldn't call it an advanced trail, but there are plenty of climbs for a good workout. I highly recommend it. Pure MTB trail, too, which was nice.

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JeffHoward on May 1, 2011
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Review: Highlights: Well Marked, All for MTB, Nearby Lake, Good Blend of Technical Areas & Speedy Areas. This place sort of has its own mystique amongst the other options in the area. Itís positioned around a lake that offers a nice setting to take a breather, drink some fluids and have a cliff bar. There are two primary loops; the first offers the best aspects of the trail, while including the second loop makes for an all around hardy workout. A crew has gone in and added a section of raised wooden decks to ride on (not sure of the right term) in addition there is a large section that has banked curves, and humps. At the juncture of the two loops is a MTB playground area with a set of serpentine logs, and seesaws. Most of the trail contains roots, and some loose rocks, but all in all you can peg the trail as dirt packed single track. The hill climbs are tough and there is one downhill section that Iíve never tried b/c frankly for me its assured destruction. Over an hour and twenty minutes my heart rate monitor indicated I burned 1,650 calories, more than Iíve ever burned on other trails.

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jtorlando25 on April 24, 2011
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Review: I was deterred from the trail for a whole year by people telling me how difficult it is. I finally grew the cahones and tackled it and it was a blast. The climbs aren't too ridiculous and the downhills are more fun than any other trail in the NoVA area. It's a little bumpy on a hard tail. It reminded me a lot of the Fredericksburg Quarry and Lodi Farm trails. The Shock-a-billy hill is totally ridiculous.

Similar Trail: Lodi Farm, Fredericksburg Quarry

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kleinman on April 19, 2011
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Review: Nice 10 miles of loops. There is quite a bit of erosion on some of the loops, with several of the hills seeming to double as stream beds when it rains, but the fixes being done show great promise. The new section at about mile 6-7 was a pleasant change of pace. I found riding a 43-18 gear ratio on a 29er was too much for a couple of the climbs (Cardiac and one other).

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sprkplg73 on March 31, 2011
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Review: This trail offers enough burn on the lungs and legs.. plenty of delicious switchbacks and dips.

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dubinjs on February 20, 2011
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Review: This trail is by far one of the best in the DC metropolitan area. A super fun, technical and arobic challenge for anyone who rides it. There are a couple of differant loops which contain trails that mostly cater to the experienced rider. Nice bike only single track with challenging climbs like "Lung Buster" and lots of great DH sections. Tons of rocks and log obstacles and a new skills coarse in the making to open within the next week or so thanks to M.O.R.E. The trails are being renovated and are a must if your in the area and want a challenging ride.

Similar Trail: Patapsco (Avalon), Gambrills, Frederick Water Shed

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saminguz on December 9, 2010
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Review: Have only riden this trail once on the recommendation of friends. Wow, it was awesome and i will definitely be going back. A mix of up and down hills, roots and rocks, the circuit is around 10 miles long now and takes around 1 hour 20 minutes if you don't stop to play along the way. Certainly not for beginers intermediates should find it a suitable challenge and build confidence for more!

Similar Trail: Wakefield Park

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Susanita on November 29, 2010
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Review: Many of the trail reviews were written years ago. I get the impression that the trails have deteriorated a bit. Lots of erosion ... probably due to poor trail design a long time ago. But there are some good sections ... just lots of sections where the trail has fallen off or downhill sections that have eroded from rain runoff.

Similar Trail: Maybe the older section of Patapsco.

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MakarskiJA on November 17, 2010
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Review: Rode this trail with one of my college friends and my dad. This trail has some strenuous uphill sections but with gratifying downhills. Some downhills were incredibly fast with some unpredictable sudden turns. There were a fair amount of obstacles on the trails that were usually optional. There was one bumpy section that was relatively flat/downhill that you could get lots of jumps in. I definitely look forward to making my way back to ride it again.

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nehmia on October 11, 2010
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Review: Rode this for the first time today, was great... there was NO ONE out! Same as all the reviews below, tons of roots, up hills and down hills. All around great trail. I have a 29er and my buddy a FS 26 and I think I may have had the edge as far as equipment (he is more experienced though). I took the right path towards the Rock Garden drop for my first time... wild ride, I literally had my ass on the back tire just so I wouldn't buck off. I made it, and I'm new to this... so I guess it isn't as bad as it looks. Just go for it, keep straight and true, and hold on. Took a lot of breaks because I'm out of shape, so the ride was way longer than it should be, but nice. http://runkeeper.com/user/nehmia/activity/18179545;jsessionid=B9CD3A06DB48E98FB56E30871805C18B

* Review edited 10/11/2010

Similar Trail: One with a ton of roots?

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drexlerkm on September 17, 2010
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Review: Anti-flowy. I don't know what half the people on here are smoking. If you don't want to ride fast, go here. Sure, it's technical, and the climbs are steep, but there's very little "singletrack" to be found here. In some places the trail is 12 feet wide because people are trying to find lines over some ridiculous roots. Set in a beautiful area, but just not my cup of tea. Every minute of my ride was spent thinking about where I'll be in 4 weeks: Fruita/Moab. In this region though, I'd rather go to Lorton or Rosaryville.

Similar Trail: New England root infested garbage

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cyclops on September 9, 2010
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Review: Excellent ride. Great flow and well maintained. Punishing climbs are rewarded with nice downhills. Newly built pump track at the end is outstanding

Similar Trail: Patapsco Avalon

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BU10May on August 21, 2010
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Review: Great singletrack that can be very technical with all of the roots. It is a good mix of technical sections separated by flowing singletrack. The climbs present a nice challenge that lead into very nice downhill sections. This trail is a must for DC/N. Virginia riders!

Similar Trail: Allegrippis Trails at Raystown Lake, PA

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RappAttack on August 11, 2010
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Review: amazing trail, bit it in the first hundred feet the first time out. great for working on fitness and tech skills try shock-o-billy hill at the end. not as bad as it looks but still gives you the feeling of accomplishment when you go down it, western VA here i come

Similar Trail: kinda nw to this game but so far nothin like it

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igve2shtz on May 9, 2010
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Review: Just rode this today, and this was my first technical trail. It was a blast. Elevation changes, rocks, drops, switchbacks, this had it all. It is now about 8 miles long (bike computer said 7.76), single loop with a few bypasses built in. Eat your Wheaties. I had no clue what to expect and almost ate it in the first 100 feet. I went too hard in the beginning, and wound up tiring out midway through. Lots of roots. I did it in about 1:15, not counting the few stops I took for pictures. Go to the website for a trail map: http://www.nvrpa.org/parks/fountainhead/?pg=mountain_biking.html

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fsfsunshine on October 28, 2009
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Review: Great Trail- crazy downhill part- i ate it hard! it is a fun trail with good mixups-

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daveism on August 28, 2009
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Review: sucks, like everything in Northern VA

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Similar Trail: none

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drexlerkm on August 27, 2009
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Review: Was in good condition on Aug 25. First time there, and had a blast. Nice drive in (once off the highway), gigantic parking lot, and had well marked trails. Like everyone else has said: very technical, unforgiving loops. Those hills will whip you into shape; keep your momentum or you'll pay by huffing it. Looking forward to the ongoing work being done. I'm strongly considering donating a couple weekends or two to trail build.

Similar Trail: Accotink

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Paragon1 on August 5, 2009
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Review: Just rode the whole route yesterday, im trying to get the GPS data loaded onto the site as soon as i figure out my 705 (any pointers?) Anyway, great trail, but you wont be on the big crank gear at all... lots of ups with a few flowing downhils on the back end of the trail... Lots of roots though, kinda takes away from it in my opinion. The climbs are going to give you a workout, if you get out of sequence on the way into one you are going to pay for it by walking. They are steep enough to make starting back in the saddle extremely difficult if not impossible. The drops in the end are a bit intimidating at first. If you go right you will come around the bend into a 45+ degree drop down a rock chute, if you go left its a bit faster, not *quite* as hard, but will make you pay if you hesitate or let the back wheel pop off the bumps and buck you off.... just keep your weight back. The more you ride this trail the better, an excellent technical challenge.

* Review edited 8/5/2009

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1longtime on March 15, 2009
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Review: A fantastic ride, climbs and downhills that are made for bikers. Multiple forks that either lengthen or shorten the trip home, and taking the long route is always worth it. At each fork, the right turn will shorten the ride and the left turn will lengthen it. Depending on the route you choose, the trail can actually be around 13 miles, an all-day ride. Moderately technical, lots of challenging but plausible climbs, with one or two well marked dangerous descents.

Similar Trail: Otter Creek Park near Louisville, KY (closed for budget reasons, but sneak in anyway)

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adamth on November 26, 2008
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Review: This trail is much more technical (and fun) than say the Quantico trails. The roots make it difficult (especially when covered in leafs and not visible) but not unbearable. The amount of narrow single track and elev changes keeps it very interesting. I plan to ride this trail many more times but perhaps wait until the spring and leafs clear so I can see where the obstacles are.

* Review edited 11/26/2008

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zyoung on November 23, 2008
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Review: This is a great singletrack. The routes can be quick or technical, depending on the loops you choose. Tons of roots, leaves and erosion to keep you honest. Some of the climbs are brutal simply because they have no lead in to speak of, just grinding from a dead stop. This course will blow out the lungs and test the legs. Most loops are moderate to advanced riding, with a few expert segments thrown about.

Similar Trail: brush MT

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Kissofaugustan on October 20, 2008
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Review: Its an awesome singletrack. It has some great uphill challenges, a few sweet smooth runs, some nice swooping sections, a few fun places for on the trail jumps, a cool little 3 piece technical spot with a see-saw, and one super awesome downhill. There are a ton of roots...pretty much everywhere. I've ridden it twice now (every section) and i love it.

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laurak on October 4, 2008
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Review: Very fun! Lots of roots, like Cedarville, but with more elevation change for short but steep hills. A few fun extras, like the seesaw. But trail markings rather confusing--I was there the day before a race, so it might be better usually. Not as hard as southern NH.

Similar Trail: Rosaryville ,Cedarville, and St Mary's River--all a little easier but a good amount of miles and all with their own challenges. Sweet rides.

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John Fisch on September 26, 2008
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Review: This trail is surprisingly tough. The roots are incessant an can, literally, becoma a pain in the rear. 29ers seem very popular here for good reason. The roots can really be a problem when they're wet, which is any morning when there's dew on them. There is some great, flowy singletrack interspersed with the troublesome roots, along with some tough drops into, and climbs out of the various drainages. If you want to challenge your self in ways that are both fun and character building, this is a good place for it. The great thing about this area is that it's just for bikes, so you needn't worry about hikers. Also, all the loops are designated as one way, so you don't have to worry about coming around a blind corner into an oncoming biker. The loops are stacked, so you have multiple options to bail out early.

* Review edited 9/26/2008

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EJensen on June 16, 2008
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Review: I live within a 20 minute drive of this trail, so it is my go-to trail. I've ridden it dozens of times, but I'm still not bored with it. I'm certainly not hitting 100% on the climbs, and I have yet to make it through a full loop without a single dab. As noted elsewhere, this is a rooty, rocky trail. There are no more than two or three sections where you can get up any speed over any distance (not counting the steep downhills here). For the vast majority of the ride, you are either pumping hard or on the brakes. This leads to the only knock I've heard about this trail that I can agree with: there's not much of a flow. Virtually no bermed turns that invite you to carry speed through, and no rollers. It's more like an eight-mile-long skills clinic. With that said, there are an awful lot of people in this area like me that come back to this trail over and over. If you want to ride a trail with flow in this area, I would suggest Rosaryville in Maryland. In addition to the regular singletrack trail features, there are two teeters and two skinnies, all of which are optional. Fountainhead, Rosaryville, and a whole lot of other trails in this area are maintained by MORE (www.more-mtb.org). You can get more information on these and other trails on that site.* Review edited 6/16/2008

* Review edited 6/16/2008

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gravatte on May 30, 2008
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Review: You must be on your game to ride this trail. I have riden it almost weekly for a few years. Many options for riding however, mostly up and down hill with very little cruising. A super workout. About 1hr 5 min non-stop riding a a good pace.

Similar Trail: Shaffer Park in Maryland

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Guest on May 21, 2008
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Review: This is one of the better trails in northern VA and has some pretty tough uphills and will give you a good workout. Has alot of roots, which stop you from picking up alot of speed . Still a good trail.

* Review edited 8/2/2010

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cbhale on May 4, 2008
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Review: Got out to Fountainhead today for a ride I had been meaning to take for a while. What a treat. There were a few tiny mud spots, but otherwise everything is in tiptop condition. Fountainhead is definitely tough on the lungs and I found the climbs tough not because of the grade or length, but because the roots can mean your front tire can do some sliding around. My buddy and I chose to trace the outside loop, but since the trail is a series of linked loops, at any point you can stop following trail arrows and loop around on one of the bypass sections. All in all a wonderful afternoon of riding. I will definitely be coming back from some more spills.

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Shmoo on April 5, 2008
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Review: Just did my first ride there today. Did about 7 miles. I've only been to Wakefield and Colts Neck, and this is by far the hardest on the lungs. As someone before posted, there are hidden roots. And the exposed roots can be tricky on the front end when a bit damp. As a beginner it really hiked up my steep learning curve. The fast downhills and the one particular section with a ~45 degree downhill was a lot of fun. Don't be hesitant, and don't let your front tire go off the trail, or you'll lose it. 2 guys went down while we were riding today, so be safe out there!

Similar Trail: not sure...like I said, the two trails I've been on don't really compare to this one.

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jbronko1 on March 2, 2008
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Review: NOT A REVIEW - VISITING THE AREA AND SEEKING A RIDE PARTNER ON EARLY MORNING OF 3/8. ANYONE INTERESTED? PLEASE SEND ME A MESSAGE ON SINGLETRACKS.

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PistolPete33 on February 15, 2008
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Review: This is a great trail for just about anyone. One of my first real rides was here on an old K2 hardtail with no off-pavement experience and while it was hard, and a bit dangerous, it was a ton of fun. Not recommended for beginners but a great challenging intermediate ride in a perfect location. Fountainhead is also extremely variable, you can take multiple well marked paths and loops and thus stretch together the ride you're looking for.

Similar Trail: Wakefield

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remylacha on November 25, 2007
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Review: Just got back from 3rd Fountainhead ride in 4 days -- it doesn't get old. The roots make it a challenge, especially for those riding hardtails. And the carpet of leaves on the ground hiding the roots right now just make it all the dicier! In terms of comparison to Schaeffer as one poster asked, the length and diversity of terrain are somewhat comparable -- but the climbs and drops are MUCH steeper and it is much more exhausting in the end. If you haven't ridden it before (or if leaves are covering everything so you can't see roots . . .), you may walk at least a hill or 2 even if you can generally handle technical terrain just because the lines aren't always obvious around roots. Definitely the best trail in this area -- not the fastest, and not necessarily as many logs, etc. as some others, but the best challenge by far. By the way, the summary says 5 miles -- that's old. With the addition they did on the back a few summers ago and the fact that the old "optional dead-end loop" is now part of the regular course, the full route is about 8 miles unless you take some available marked "bypasses" (short-cuts).

* Review edited 11/25/2007

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TS on November 18, 2007
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Review: Technical challenging. Physically demanding. Beautiful scenery. Great fun. In my opinion, the best ride in Northern VA.

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KMT on September 20, 2007
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Review: I have not had an opportunity to ride this trail. Technically & Physically, how does it compare to the Schaffer Farms trail in MD?

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ptjunky on September 9, 2007
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Review: Rode the trail today and it is in great shape. As mentioned by previous reviews, there is alot of roots. The hills can be challenging if you do not look ahead and pick a good line. The scenery is great. It makes you want to take the big loop and keep on riding. I will be going back.

Similar Trail: Quantico Trails

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dropkiks on September 4, 2007
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Review: I consider myself a very good rider, but this trail opened a can on me. Over the handlebars 30 yards into this one. Gotta be fit also, VERY steep ups and downs.

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BaggyPants on August 30, 2007
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Review: This trail ate me for lunch. I was not ready for the steep climbs, but will be next time I ride it. I'm a beginner and this trail is not for the faint of heart. I liked it and will ride this again until I defeat the steep climbs. It has great views and has plenty of other riders on the trail.

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douglas.a.gray@cox.net on August 14, 2007
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Review: Just finished this trail, and I am completely worn out. Alot of thought put into this course. Some of the hills I found to be completely unclimbable not just because of this grade, but the loose sand as well. Scenery was nice, but I was concentrating on not planting my front wheel on the many roots and rocks. I'll definitely go back.

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vincejesaitis on July 29, 2007
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Review: rode this trail today for the first time in about a year -- it is a bear! it is seriously the most physically challenging ride i have ever done (never been out west though), but if you get tired at wakefield or sheridan farms, better get in some endurance work before you head to fh all singletrack, a lot of roots, a lot of climbs, and a lot of fun. the track has roots and rocks all over which keep you from getting in a real rhythm on the climbs, but hey, that's what mtbing is about, right?

Similar Trail: nada

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senator on May 29, 2007
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Review: This trail, while beautiful and worth every amount of energy spent riding it, is physically exhausting if you are not ready for it. I speak from experience! I have been riding Wakefield every day for the past 2 months, and thought I'd give Fountainhead a try with my friends. I thought I was ready. However, the trail owned me. There are several large hills at the beginning from which I was never able to fully recover. The downhill was no help, because they are all filled with a few technical challenges. While I complain about my own level of fitness, this trail is still worth it. It is beautiful, scenic and dare I say: epic. I will be returning this weekend. And this time, I won't have a full stomach of greasy foods not more than 10 hours old sitting in my stomach. I think that, more than anything, accounted for my utter failure on this ride. Oh, how I can't wait to try again. I will post an update when I tame this trail. In the meantime, it is worth checking out. Just be prepared for some grueling hills and fun (but oh, so short) descents.

Similar Trail: Wakefield

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Tadd03 on April 12, 2007
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Review: An excellent ride for beginners through experienced riders. It has good technical portions along with some nasty uphill and fun (if brief) downhill portions. Getting there is easy and navigating the trail a breeze. Definitely recommend.

Similar Trail: Wakefield

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yellowXtrek on December 21, 2006
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Review: This is a really cool trail. It has some decent climbs and is a blast to ride. There are some technical sections that will keep you on your toes. I would highly reccomend checking it out.

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Rodrigo on August 19, 2006
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Review: Excellent place. Some technical challenges. It was my first time here and I would definetly come back. Directions getting there are accurate and parking was a breeze.

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MCHolstrail on August 3, 2006
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Review: I like this trail. It is awesome. Bring plenty of water and definitely have a multi-tool and patch repair kit just in case (You wouldn't want to walk that baby back from the furthest point). The trail is fairly technical and offers a good mix of terrain. Ride the log rail by the creekbed, gangsta.

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Lawmaster87 on July 31, 2006
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Review: Great trail for beginners and more seasoned riders. Nice mix of ups and downs. Trail flows well, with a nice a few technical rock and log sections. Fountainhead is a must ride if you are in the area. Just don't lock your front rim brake and fly over the bars into the trees while entering a switch-back. The first trail that my riding buddy "Roots" flipped over the bars. The list of trails where this has happened is growing quickly. Great trail though.

* Review edited 9/20/2007

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zenmaster1273 on April 20, 2006
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Review: This trail is a good challenge for intermediate riders. It's a good all around trail. It has a lot of rolling hills to keep you working hard and the descents are short enough to not give you much recovery time if you don't stop for a rest. There is some fairly technical stuff for intermediates as well. Lots of roots to raddle you when going downhill so your bike will definately need maintenance after riding here. The actual length of the trail is actually about 8 miles if you do the complete loop without taking short cuts. There is some great views of the Occoquan River, some good fishing, archery zones and dedicated hiking/HBR trails. The MTBR trail is for MTBR only, no dogs allowed either, so the only disruption you have for your ride is either other MTBR's and the scenery.

Similar Trail: Accotink or Potapsco

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McStrings on August 4, 2005
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Review: Fountainhead is a good workout and good practice. It's a nice spot, especially by the river. My only issue is that it feels like a playground to me. I prefer the cross-country experience to Fountainhead's Escher-like obstacle course.

Similar Trail: Patapsco State Park, MD

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HACBIKES on July 22, 2005
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Review: Fountainhead is great a must ride. I rode it on a trip that I took to visit my freinds in Fairfax when I was 13. I was on a fully rigid bike and I still thoroughly enjoyed it. Their seemed to be almost no one there when we went. A favorite.

Similar Trail: White Ranch, CO

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schmuck on July 13, 2005
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Review: A sweet single track for single speed riders. There are a couple a good technical hills and one nice rocky downhill. An all around fun ride! They close when it is too slick so it keeps the trails nice and narrow.

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kltbo on December 11, 2004
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Review: This trail is fun when not wet. I rode here about a day after a rain and it was still very slick, almost too slick to be confident over rocks and roots. I advise waiting at least 48 hours before riding here after a rain, even if the sign says the trail is open.

Similar Trail: Patapsco

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pedalmasher on December 8, 2004
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Review: This is a really fun trail with some narrow singletrack, steep but short up and down hills. The soil ranges from rocky, sticky do-able climbs to fast, fun sandy downhills. There are some great views of the Occocuan Resevoir and some good fishing too! Enjoy!

Similar Trail: Rosaryville, Schaffer Farm.

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mdmtbkr on November 11, 2004
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Review: rode earlier in year, Trail seems difficult but fun. I do not frequent this place due to the technical sections and closures due to rain. I will ride again, but probably not until spring.

Similar Trail: Patapsco

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czb on October 30, 2004
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Review: This is a good all around single track trail - perfect for intermediary riders who have developed some confidence and can navigate a somewhat nasty arrangement of roots and rocks, especially in the spring and fall when wet and slippery. There is only a handful of of places where you can pick up a lot of speed, but, on balance for the intermediary rider at least, any more might be a problem. The park is designed in a series of loops, enabling a rider to go out and take on just as much or little ride as time permits. You can go out for basically a one or a two hour ride without any doubling back, so if you want to do the tracks more than once you can easily get a 3-4 hour excursion in. The trails have bikers, but never so many that it's a problem. 90 percent of the trails are one-way. It's all single track. About three quarters of the climbs present no problem. About ten percent are tought but doable. This leaves maybe 10-15 percent just a b**** to navigate, especially when wet.

Similar Trail: Gambrill in Frederck, MD

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hillsdalemc on October 15, 2004
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Review: I thought the trail was a little too rough in areas. Coming back in I actually bent my shifter because of the roots. If you like variety this place offers it, its a great ride (to me ruined by the roots and a few ridiculous climbs). There are a lot of good sections here and it is all singletrack.

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reh on August 4, 2004
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Review: This is a very well maintained trail. Short, not epic, 1 hour to rice it all. It is not too technical, the one biggest challenge: "Shock-a-billy" looks intimidating, but it completely doable. There a many hills making for a nice aerobic ride, it is bumpy, but not overly so. Some rocks, some roots. The wooded area is mature and thus, there is a minimum of low growth, making for wide, easy to follow trails. No getting smacked in the face with briars. I rode this in the "Cranky Monkey" race this year (2004), a very nicely organized event.

Similar Trail: Wakefield

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getonthetrail on December 24, 2003
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Review: Having moved from Atlanta Georgia I was looking for a trail that could come close to Yellow River in Stone Mountain Georgia. This trail is the closet yet! I've ridden several trails in the D.C. area and think this is the BEST ride in the area. I've ridden this trail four times in the last three weeks! The trail provides a technical, fun and physical ride. Once summer is back this will be a weekly ride for me!

Similar Trail: Yellow River Atlanta, GA

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