Level: Beginner
Length: 2 mi (3.2 km)
Surface: Other
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: -
Total: 24 riders
 

Mountain Biking Beaver Dam Reservoir

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#241 of 283 mountain bike trails in Virginia
#11815 in the world

Local reservoir. It is very low now (Oct '07) Hard pack near the trees, muddy and slow closer to the water. Some rocky areas made it fun. A good loop of the lake in some slow track, but a good workout. Deep end (north end at the dam) got a little steep and loose, but still a good workout. Good scenery

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
In Ashburn, Off of Dulles Greenway, take Belmont Ridge Road S less than a mile, you will see a sports park to the right. Park in this lot, you will see the reservoir down the hill. Ride between the 4 fields (2 left, 2 Right) down the hill and you will hit the trees. There is a small single track trail you will see. Go through this 30 yards and you will intersect another single track trail. Take a left and you will see the reservior through the trees, there is another small single track but you can create your own entry. Head down to it and pick a direction to loop.
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  • mbayfield
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    I started my ride at the South East end & set off toward the dam following the east coastline. The trail started off great with enough roots & rocks to make it interesting but the closer I got to the dam the narrower the trail became with many fallen trees. I wanted to circumnavigate the lake but decided to leave the trail at the dam & headed back to the parking lot by road. It would be a fun trail with a little work.

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  • BaneGoorb
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    Access to Beaver Dam Reservoir is now restricted (read: closed). Will likely last 4 years as the new owners (Loudon Water) clean up, dredge, repair and do whatever else is going to take that long. Access upon completion is not guaranteed although there are advocates in seeing the trails properly developed.

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  • fatboy49
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    Rode the trail on Thanksgiving, dropped in from the Baseball fields (SW) through tight single-track (orange flags) to the main trail, good fun, tight in spots, but does have potential if MORE can create additional trails. Did out and back for about 5 miles. Good workout

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  • daniel_boone
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    THERE ARE TWO TRAILS FROM THE PARKING LOT AT MT. HOPE RD. THE ONE ON THE LEFT RUNS 1.0 MILES TO THE EDGE OF BRAMBLETON GOLF COURSE. THIS TRAIL WAS RECENTLY CLEARED OF BRUSH, BLOW DOWNS AND LOW LYING TREES. IT IS SUITED FOR HIKING.

    THE 2ND TRAIL IS ON THR RIGHT SIDE OF THE LOT, IE NORTH DIRECTION. IT RUNS 1.3 MILES TO THE END/TOP OF THE DAM. IT TOO HAS BEEN CLEARED AND IS GREAT FOR HIKING. ISOLATED WITH GOOD LAKE VIEWS. FOR THE AVID HIKER THE TOTAL TRIP OF 4.6 MILES MAKES FOR A GOOD WORKOUT WITHOUT HAVING TO TRAVEL 30-40 MILES TO FIND A SUITABLE TRAIL. THE TRAIL AND LAKE ARE PROBABLY LOUDOUN/FAIRFAX COUNTY'S BEST KEPT SECRET (FAIRFAX COUNTY OWNS THE LAKE & LAND).

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  • ktodot
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    hiked the trail before i rode it. the hike was better than the ride. it is not well maintained and has dead h2o spots all over. it had rained earlier in the week, but these spots are not going away with a couple days of dryness. Nothing great but can be a good change of scenery every once in a while. Beside the beer drinking high schoolers at night there is not a soul around.

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  • Lawmaster87
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    This trail is not maintained or apparently not used enough to keep it fun. The trail has little elevation change, some mud holes, some mild rocks, and good views of the reservoir at some locations. I went after a little rain and it was way too wet. However, do not expect this trail to be a fun, challenging, and/or flowy mountain bike trail. If you are going to bike it, anticipate a slow not fun ride with decent areas to sit by the reservoir or bird watch. It would not be a bad trail to walk. Do not make a specific trip there to bike.

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