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Fountainhead Regional Park

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4.49 out of 5
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Intermediate
13
miles

Singletrack
↑ 1,200 ft
↓ 1,100 ft
217
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
"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
added by Guest January 1, 2003
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: Are the trails open today ? Last posting on facebook was 20 hours ago and stated closed. -Guest

A: Look on the right side of this people put the trail conditions plus they have the weather conditions put there use a little bit of common sense too

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Granny Gear

June 26, 2016
 
Review: its amazing single tracks!!!

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April 29, 2016
Guest   
 
Review: This trail is a bit more advanced than meadowood if you're familiar with that trail. Very frequently do you find banked turns which allow for plenty of speed to be carried through the trail. (I've only road the beginners trail so far.)

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Granny Gear

April 28, 2016
 
Review: Rode this trail all three loops yesterday got a total of 15 miles on my bike, this is only my second mountain bike trail I've been on and it's a long ride I liked it.. has some steep drops off wood ramps do not jump off if you're a beginner gives you option for easier route around it. I will be going back, rode this with my new nishiki Colorado 29er. I rode for like about 2 hours. Take plenty of water bottles

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Granny Gear

April 18, 2016
 
Review: My first time out there and I rode the entire system. About 14 miles total. The black is not a joke - steep "rock gardens" on ascents and descents. 6ft drops (warning signs and alternate route clearly marked - haha thanks). Took me about two and a half hours to ride the entire system. Even with it being my first time there I never felt like I might take a wrong turn or anything. Most of the signs in the far back area are worn completely off and illegible which is annoying, but other than that no complaints. I like that the trail is one-way only. I'm a fairly experience rider and I busted my ass a few times, all in good fun though. The wooden features on the black can look pretty intimidating, especially for a newer rider. I can't imagine a better trail in the area.

Similar Trail: Quantico

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Granny Gear

December 19, 2015
 
Review: Awesome trail with beautiful scenery of Northern Virginia. Very well maintained, nice flow, and it's really fun to ride !

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Gnarly


October 17, 2015
racermtbk2 Gnarly  
 
Review: Amazing mountain bike only trail in northern VA. It is extremely well maintained but make sure you check the trail status prior to riding. You call or check their Facebook page for the latest info. Three marked loop; green, blue and black. Black being the most technical. If ridden together it's a little more than 13 miles. The entire trail is well marked and 1-way.

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Granny Gear

October 4, 2015
VAnative Granny Gear  
 
Review: This is my favorite trail in the Northern VA area. It has plenty of technical sections, fast although short downhill sections, and plenty of climbs if you like punishment. There are 3 loops, green (short), Green Blue (longer, slightly more difficult), and Green Blue Black. I haven't done the black section yet, but I imagine it's a blast.

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Trailblazer


September 15, 2015
 
Review: Best maintained trail I have ever been on - and dedicated to mountain bikes, how awesome is that? Very flowing and lots of fun.

Similar Trail: None - very unique

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Bunny Hop

August 24, 2015
 
Review: I've been here before and it's always a good time, however......Fountainhead is roughly 73 miles from my house, to put it lightly with D/M/V traffic, its a trek and proper planning is involved to get down there. Another hurdle is that you can't just show up and ride, the mountain bike portion of the park has to be open and predicting that is like predicting the weather.

I made sure it had not rained in a few days. I checked the facebook page every few hours the day before and the morning of for any updates. I even called the number for a status update...nothing was posted. Since it had not rained in 3 days, I figured the trail would be good to go since no updates were being posted...no news is good news right? Woke up, got ready and was out of my house before 6am. Made it down to the park around 7:30am and there are dozens of cars lined up outside the park, the main gate is closed. However I see a few guys pulling their bikes off their racks and pedaling past the main gate. So I follow suit, only to get to the trail entrance to see about 10 riders just waiting in front of a closed trail sign. People were calling the phone number listed, no answer, no updates. THIS CRAP PISSES ME OFF and why Fountainhead isn't worth the drive. I felt like Clark Griswold when he shows up to Wally World and Marty Moose is telling him the park is closed.

If they aren't going to follow a normal schedule on dry days, then they need to be Johnny on the spot with keeping the park status updated. I have better things to do than drive over an hour at the buttcrack of dawn only to find out the park is closed.

If this place is so concerned about erosion on wet days and wants to keep riders off the trail, then so be it. But keeping the trails closed on a Saturday morning for reasons I can only assume were because of morning dew or the guy who runs it is a drunk and couldn't get his #$% out of bed is unacceptable. I'm not waiting around all day until they feel they are ready to open.

I've never seen public trail system with more rules and regulations. I ride because I want to be free and escape all that. I don't need to be told how, when, where I ride or what I have to wear. If I don't want to wear a helmet (even though I always do) then I am an adult and that's my choice. Mountain biking is supposed to be an escape from all of that. Fountainhead can shove it. I'll keep riding at the Frederick Watershed when I want and how I want to ride.

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Granny Gear

August 22, 2015
Somd mtb Granny Gear  
 
Review: It HD some hills. I'll put off shape apparently

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Fountainhead Regional Park MTB Trail 4.49 out of 5 based on 117 ratings. 117 user reviews.
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