Fountainhead Regional Park

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4.48 out of 5
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Intermediate
13
miles

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

Loop
Trail Description
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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
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

November 24, 2016
HanEyeAm Granny Gear  
 
Review: It is a ~15 mi series of 3 one-way loops and they mark every -.25 mi or so, which is nice. It is in a river valley with nice views of the Occoquan Reservoir. It is a lot of climbing: up and down, up and down... they seem to want to maximize flow but the downhill sections are relatively short. It is all single track and most is cut into the side of hills with copious built-up berms. There are some features they built in that are challenging, like some rock gardens and RR tie-like steps and several tough, rooty short climbs. There are some surprises: in a couple places the trail goes around a tree and a surprise 1 foot drop is on the other side. There are a handful of ramp-facilitated multi-foot drops (with ride-arounds), some bridges, skinnys, and log piles. A remark from personal preference... the park seems... "unnatural." When you look through the forest, the cut-in trail and the large berms are very noticeable. It seems like they made the most of a small space, but I often remarked to myself, "what were they thinking?" in reaction to the trail seemingly forced on the land instead of the land dictating the trail. The rock gardens are mostly and obviously man-made. With natural rock gardens, there is usually some sort of awareness that a rock garden may be coming: a gradual thinning of the soil, increase in exposed rock on the lead up, or entering a dry wash. That really characterizes much of Fountainhead: it is fine riding, but for me was missing a connection with the land. Context: I ride around Richmond, VA, but have also ridden in AL, Durham/Raleigh area, and various trails in VA.

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Granny Gear

November 2, 2016
Brookhaus Granny Gear  
 
Review: FH is a serious place--serious fun but also serious biking. As others have said, it's not for beginners, and is for mountain bikes only--don't bring a hybrid and expect to get through it without damage unless you do a lot of walking. Fall is a great time of year to bike it, changing colors and beautiful views of the reservoir, but remember those falling leaves cover obstacles on the trails. I forgot this lesson last weekend and took a spill on the blue trail that led to a fractured rib. Still, I managed to finish the ride. You will probably be alone most of the time, but will see other bikers occasionally. If you enjoy a peaceful ride on challenging terrain, this is for you. But check conditions before going--closed when wet (just as well--riding these trails when wet would be suicide, in my opinion).

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Granny Gear

October 24, 2016
awilly Granny Gear  
 
Review: Place was too sweet, definitely my favorite place now. Little bit of everything locates here

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Granny Gear

October 16, 2016
 
Review: An amazing trail system. Sooooooooo awesome

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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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Bunny Hop

July 24, 2016
Tjsmith Bunny Hop  
 
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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