Buttermilk

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4.33 out of 5
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↑ 800 ft
↓ 1,400 ft
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Trail Description
About this trail
A very nicely developed trail located right in the middle of a fairly large city (that would be Richmond). Tight and inermediate to difficult single track that was pretty much hand built by some great volunteers. The sculpting (strange word, but it seems to fit) of this trail is perfect. Nothing is impossible but much of it is really hard. Great scenery. No really long climbs though. It is good to connect this with a trip to Belle Isle.
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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: How does it compare to Pocahontas park? -KA_MOODY

A: Pocahontas park has trails that most beginners can handle. Buttermilk is much more technical. It is still a lot of fun and it has some great views. Just take it slow through some of the rock gardens and you should be fine.

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Q: planning on visiting the Richmond area. What's your favorite intermediate trail that's dog friendly? -jay9

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Granny Gear

March 24, 2017
 
Review: It's not too exciting. First track ridden since moving from Maine last month. I'm sure I'll ride it again but it's just OK. It could be a solid intermediate trail but the near impassable rock sections bump it up a couple notches. It would be more fun if it could just be one thing and not try to be one size fits all. Then again, maybe the rocks are there to slow the bikers down and not run over walkers.

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Granny Gear

February 6, 2016
Cjburd Granny Gear  
 
Review: I love this trail and doing the whole buttermilk/northbannk loop. A little bit of everything. Can be sketchy when wet. My favorite place to jump on is parking at Forest Hill Park and connecting. The city did a great job mapping out.

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November 9, 2015
Guest   
 
Review: I've been itching to try something a little more difficult after riding the same trails for the past few months. Buttermilk delivers, hard. I felt this trail was just technical enough to challenge me, without discouraging me from riding it. I think its a good bridge between intermediate to more advanced riding. I took it easy and bailed on a couple obstacles, but I look forward to going back and building confidence on some of the more advanced obstacles this trail has to offer. Oh, and watch out for hikers!

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Singletrack


September 30, 2015
CFM Singletrack  
 
Review: Short but very cool urban trail. Rocky technical sections and some exposure. A few abrupt grade changes but no long climbs or descents. A great way to get from one place to another off road.

Similar Trail: Northbank

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Bunny Hop

August 26, 2015
jmumford Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Great Trail! It has it tech sections. Which makes Buttermilk so enjoyable. And some exposure. Nothing crazy. If your in the city and have a craving to ride. Loop this with Northbank and Forest hill. And Belle isle. Go to the top of the island. It's slightly tech. And hit the pump track on the way out.

Similar Trail: northbank, forest hill

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Gramcounter

July 19, 2015
 
Review: Check out more images and my full trail report at: http://brokenspokebikes.com/blogs/trail-report/36110788-buttermilk-trail-richmond-va-review. Thanks.

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Gnarly


April 4, 2015
gphilvmi08 Gnarly  
 
Review: This isn't a bad trail at all and most of my gripes with this trail is that I don't have a XC bike. If you have a XC bike, this trail would be excellent and a great way to get in shape for a race. There is a lot of ups and downs that will keep your heart pumping. There are few pretty technical rock garden sections that are pretty tough, but they are short enough that it doesn't really matter. In addition to all this, you get to check out the city of Richmond and the river from the trail which makes it a pretty nice day. It can get crowded with hikers so beware of that too. As someone who has to travel to find good trails, I often gauge the trail on whether it is worth traveling for. If I'm in Richmond, I'd ride this trail and probably have a great day out of it. However, I'm not going to go out of my way to ride this trail.

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Granny Gear

November 20, 2014
 
Review: Awesome trail. First trail I rode in VA since I moved here from central Pa. It was nice to have a variety of trail types. Anywhere from tight single track to smooth and fast. Not much in elevation but a few good burns. Nice trail community.

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Bunny Hop

August 11, 2014
blaize Bunny Hop  
 
Review: The Buttermilk Trail is a twisting, turning, slippery mess of rocks, steep climbs, drop offs, and other such challenges that make this trail something for advanced riders only.

It's not very long, but offers a great workout. the whole trail can be completed in under 45 minutes if you're taking your time.

There's lots of points of entry (or EXIT!) on the trail, and it connects with other trails in Richmond, such as the Northside trail and Belle Isle trail so you can make it part of a longer ride.

All in all, this trail will separate the expert riders from the rest!

Similar Trail: North Bank trail

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Singletrack


December 21, 2013
 
Review: Strong Intermediate/ technical trail on the south side of the river. Easy to forget you are in the middle of a major city. IMO the best trail in the immediate area. Combine with Forest Hill Park, Bell Island, and North Bank trails for more miles.
Large slickrock area in the river just before Belle Island ( that is if the river is not up) There is also an easy, flat, and scenic trail that runs between the RR and the river.

Similar Trail: North Bank

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