Angler's Ridge

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.59 out of 5
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Intermediate
35
miles

Singletrack
↑ 2,200 ft
↓ 2,100 ft
371
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
Angler's Ridge is a 35-mile (and growing!) system of stacked-loop singletrack trails that give the rider an awesome experience, no matter their skill level. IMBA trained trail volunteers have built trails that vary in skill level, from the entry-level Riverside Drive to the more technical Crooked Stick (653 foot elevation change) and Witchback (891 foot elevation change). All the trails are flowing, mixing technical areas like rock gardens and rooty climbs with creek crossings and smooth hard pack. Riders will find bridges, gravity drops, log pyramids, tight switchbacks, and moguls as the trails snake through beautiful forestland with mature hardwoods, numerous creeks, and abundant wildlife. Several fire roads and the paved greenway intersect the area for an easy bailout and return to the trailhead. There are some major climbs and some epic climbs (entire network elevation change of 2795 feet), all rewarded with bombing downhills. The greatest benefit of this trail system is it's flow - the climbs are equal in part to the downhills - not too long and always worth the climb!

The trail system has five marked loops all beginning and ending at the trailhead - green (2 miles); blue (5 Miles)(purple 7 miles) (orange 6.2 miles)
and red (12 miles) for riding without maps and each can be ridden clockwise or counterclockwise for a completely different experience and double the miles! As of the Fall of 2013, trails include the following: Riverside Drive, Eagle Scout, Little Pisgah, Crooked Stick, Camel Bak, Hot Tamale, Plummet, The Bern, Angler's Ridge, Broken Arrow, Witchback,.White Fawn and Hidden Hollow. There are great shelter, picnic and restroom facilities and a bike wash and bike repair station at the Angler's Park trailhead, which is a City Park situated along the Dan River with public boat ramps. Danville's "Riverwalk Trail" (a paved 8 mile greenway) meanders through the singletrack network and along the riverfront to downtown Danville and other commercial and recreational areas. Visit www.svmba.org or SVMBA on Facebook for the latest information and to make local connections.
A pump track has been built near the Witchback trail connector.
Update 3/18/13:
Angler's Ridge now has over 35 miles of trails after adding trails in Dan Daniel park.Hidden Hollow a 6 mile loop and White Fawn @ 2 miles that connects Witchback to Hidden Hollow.We have built more bridges now totaling over 45.Camping is allowed in the Angler's Park.Contact the Danville Parks and Recreation Dept. 434- 799-5215 Electric is available near the shelter and at the other end of the parking lot at the utility poles in the grassy area.Trail updates and trail work can be found on Facebook's Angler's Park Trail Work.The trail never closes for weather conditions.
added by Jeff BarberWorld Champ
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Trail Q&A
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Q: is the trail mostly uphill or down hill -Daniel Lee Dault Jr.

A: Both up and down. Trail system is along the Dan River and crosses numerous hills and gulleys and the streams between them.

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Q: Are there anything to watch out for (i.e. Plants, wild animals, insects) in this trail? Is the trail easy to track? Planning on riding here one of these days.. Will probably be alone that's why... Thanks! =] -chev

A: Agree, nothing in particular. Lots of deer but no crazy or unexpected features. Trail system is connected to a greenway in many areas so you're never far from pavement. If you ride in the summer, be sure to use insect repellant. Like anywhere in the woods, ticks are abundant.

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Granny Gear

February 6, 2017
 
Review: Some nice spots but close to roads and highways in some spots. I like wilderness trails so I guess im spoiled

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Granny Gear

November 28, 2016
jimmyb Granny Gear  
 
Review: Ok trail system but to many climbs to make it fun. Lots of roots not much flow and no technical sections. Not sure why its #1 in Va but it is.

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Granny Gear

February 10, 2017
 
Review: I see his point. Danville is an OK trail system. But with all respect to the trail builders they need to get out and see what good trails actually are. Many of the people who say certain trails are #1 in VA have not ever seen what a top trail looks like, some have and are not honest with themselves. Again Danville is a nice Piedmont trail but its not anywhere close to top 10 in VA best trails. That is not Danville's fault, its the ridiculous algorithm Singletracks uses. Everytime im around Danville I ride the trails, and will do so in the future, but If someone drove 4 hours away to ride an epic trail they will be highly disappointed with Danville.

Similar Trail: Owls Roost

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Granny Gear

February 2, 2017
mtbdpt Granny Gear  
 
Review: In response to JimmyB, what makes the Angler's Ridge system a great system is the variety of single track available, the proximity and accessibility to local amenities and the topography which offers short climbs followed by similar downhill sections, as can be expected in the piedmont area of VA and NC and along tributary streams feeding into the nearby DanRiver. Since we experienced a warm fall, leaf fall was delayed and with that leaf blowing was delayed. Summer storms and heavy run off indeed exposed more roots on WitchBack and to a lesser extent Hidden Hollow. The local trail volunteers are working on problem areas continuously. Crooked Stick now has a fantastic jump section and is in excellent shape overall. Camelback and Hot Tamale/Riverside as well as Crooked Stick receive more attention due to greater amount of riding compared to Witchback. Witchback certainly has more climbing than our other trails, which may not be to everyone's liking. Danville is proud of our trails and we love to share them with our out of town guests, even those who aren't so complimentary.

Similar Trail: Warrior Creek

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Granny Gear

November 14, 2016
 
Review: lots of leaves, but it was my first time here. There are a lot of trails, especially loved little pisgah. I will be back as often as I can to enjoy the rest of them. Trails marked really well, it's hard to get lost with a trail map or app. This place truly seems to have something for everyone.

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Bunny Hop

September 28, 2016
bikefeen81 Bunny Hop  
 
Review: These were so great trails. They were absolutely a blast to ride. Some of the climbs kind of technical but will feel very accomplished when you make them.

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Granny Gear

September 4, 2016
 
Review: Nice variety of singletrack.

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Granny Gear

August 31, 2016
 
Review: Trails have potential to be top notch, but are in need of serious maintenance. Never seen so many ticks in my life!!!

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Granny Gear

July 28, 2016
DGUYER Granny Gear  
 
Review: We visited here specifically because of the ratings on Singletracks.com. I can't understand how this is one of the best trails in VA. We rode Witch Back, and White Fawn trails. My take was the trails were generally poorly designed and had roots everywhere. We rode the Carvin's Cover trails the next day. Angler's Ridge doesn't hold a candle to Carvin's Cove.

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Granny Gear

July 2, 2016
 
Review: This a great trail system with good distance that is well marked and well maintained. However if you are looking for fast flowing single track this is not the place. What makes this trail system stand out is the steep loose soil/rock climbs that make keeping your feet on the pedals a good challenge. This trail is a great work out trail for training, but if I'm looking for a fun ride this would not be my first choice.

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Granny Gear

June 16, 2016
dirtyd86 Granny Gear  
 
Review: So awesome to have such a world class trail so close to home. I would hit it everyday if my body would allow it. Great place to ride.

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June 6, 2016
Guest   
 
Review: Great Trail system. Trials for all riding abilitie!

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Angler's Ridge MTB Trail 4.59 out of 5 based on 80 ratings. 80 user reviews.
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