Belle Isle

3.47 out of 5
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↑ 400 ft
↓ 500 ft
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Trail Description
About this trail
This is a very small network of trails on an island. There is a completely flat walking/jogging/dog walking/sight seeing/bicycling trail around the perimeter (wonderful views), then a bumping hard climb to the top, where there are several small singletrack trails. Coming down can be fun, there are several extremely hard ways down. Very short ride, but fun.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: do you rent bikes? -Guest

A: No you bring your own

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Reviews (16)

Bunny Hop

May 1, 2016
dbg94 Bunny Hop  
Review: Nice trails within city limits. Rode the outer trail and found some dead ends. Easy to get back to main trail since its such a small area. Rode to the top and saw some really steep drops. (Next time). Skills park is fun as is but there were some contractors finishing up a huge new pump track and other large boardwalk type of obstacles. Cant wait to come back and hit those. Maybe follow up with Buttermilk trails that everyone recommended.

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Bunny Hop

April 9, 2016
bikefeen81 Bunny Hop  
Review: Challenging yet satisfying singletrack's in the heart of Richmond Virginia. There's a reason that the Xterra races are held there. Lots of fun to ride.

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September 30, 2015
CFM Epic  
Review: A unique area with a lot of history. Very cool bridge access from the north. The main loop on the island is a greenway style trail. Singletrack exists on the hill within this loop. This area is heavily used by the locals so ride accordingly. Got lost in the singletrack sections but loved the area in general. Very nice views of the river and downtown Richmond.

Similar Trail: Petersburg Battlefield, Forest Hill

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Granny Gear

August 15, 2015
or2d2 Granny Gear  
Review: I'm giving this a 4 based on what people are looking for. It's a beginners trail and it's great for just that. Great sights, awesome location, cool things to explore and read. The skills park alone makes it worth it. It has descents, a small pump track, drop ins, jumps, roll overs, stairs, banks etc. I thought it was a great leisurely ride, the bridge getting to it was pretty cool and offered great views.

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July 19, 2015
Review: Check out more images and my full trail report at: Thanks.

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November 9, 2014
rpmarheine Gnarly  
Review: This is the best intercity trail networks I have ridden. Plenty of technical trail with some fast flowy sections. Lots of hard work has gone in to building and maintaining this network. They have managed to maintain a fairly technical trail in the center of a city, and that's a feat that cannot be understated. Three thumbs up to the local volunteers!

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September 30, 2014
Review: Very good flow and views of the James River area.Need a little more signage to keep from dead ending.A real positive that it leads to the buttermilk trail.

Similar Trail: York River

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Bunny Hop

August 11, 2014
blaize Bunny Hop  
Review: Basically, it's a short, flat trail that follows the perimeter of the island.Because of its location, it's got a lot of traffic on it -- not just MTB's. The challenging part was my patience in dealing with the all the people because pedestrians have the right-of-way in the park.

If anything, I'd stay away from Belle Isle and go for the North Bank, Forest Hill, or Buttermilk trails.

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December 21, 2013
Review: Very fun bunch
of short trails, something for everyone, including a skills area.
Combine with North Bank, and Buttermilk for a longer ride. If the river is not up there is a fun slickrock area at the south end/ start of Buttermilk.

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World Champ

May 23, 2012
Greg Heil World Champ  
Review: The big news: a skills park complete with two massive pump tracks, drops, a dirt jump line, skinnies, and a trials area is being constructed on Belle Isle right below the overpass (to keep it dry). As of the time of this writing, the pump tracks have been constructed, as well as a couple of skinnies and drops. As for the rest of the island, there is also a super easy beginner trail that runs around the whole island, but there are some more technically challenging trails that run up higher above the bluffs. Some of them aren't well maintained, but others are great singletrack. Also be sure to catch the 350 foot long rock garden!

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Belle Isle MTB Trail 3.47 out of 5 based on 16 ratings. 16 user reviews.
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