Fountainhead Regional Park

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.47 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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September 22, 2016
Guest   
 
Review: All these reviews state this is the best trail in NOVA. This is the best trail I've ridden, period. I was on this trail in the early 2000's, it's since been transformed several times. Though I've ridden nearly 20 years, I only started mtn biking as a serious hobby in 2014. We'll ride in meetups, travel out, ride in neighboring states...but yet the best trail is only 15 minutes away. We'll ride this several times a week during peak season. The more you ride, the better the reward. Rather than break at the top of that long intro climb to Blue Loop, catch your breath on the next flowy section and you'll be ready for the next climb. Yes, this trail is purpose-built for the intermediate (at a minimum) rider. Obstacle courses, log crossings, elevated ramps and bridges, rock gardens...it's all here. While other trails have periodic features, FH rolls one into the next. Challenges exist for every skill level, but I'd take rookies to Laurel Hill, then Meadowood before this rude introduction. I've seen the most expert riders hit all three loops in just over 1:30 (admittedly bypassing a few obstacles in the process), but plan on 1:15 for intermediate riders on Green/Blue and add another 45 minutes for the nearly 6 mile section of Black. A few bypasses exist as well if you're exhausted or poor weather is approaching. If you're traveling a good distance, call first. If it rained yesterday, chances are good the trail is closed, at least in the AM.

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Granny Gear

September 15, 2016
wkruse Granny Gear  
 
Review: This is a great trail for all levels. It is a series of interconnecting loops - you do the green and then can add the blue and eventually black onto your loop. so if you do black, you get to do all three. It has great natural features and some man made furniture and skills areas. Maybe the best in NOVA.

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Granny Gear

July 24, 2016
Tjsmith Granny Gear  
 
Review: Looks like a great trail. I was unable to ride it due to rain the day befor. Note to everyone, no matter how beautiful the day and what the trail conditions are make a phone call before you make the drive.

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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.

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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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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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