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Level: Advanced
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Other
Elevation: +245/ -440 ft
Total: 235 riders

Mountain Biking Buttermilk

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#24 of 300 mountain bike trails in Virginia
#796 in the world

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.

First added by reh on Apr 2, 2004. Last updated May 2, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Located with the City of Richmond Park System along the James River on the south side between the Lee Bridge and the Boulevard (Nickel) bridge (East and West) and between the train tracks and Riverside Drive (North and South). Good access at the Reedy Creek parking lot. Can also be accessed off of the end of the Nickel bridge, but you must cross the road, which can be dangerous, or from Belle Isle. Reedy Creek river access is located off of Riverside Drive. A short section of the Buttermilk trail continues west of Boulevard.

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Rider questions

Q: which direction is better to ride this trail, east to west or west to east?

Q: How does it compare to Pocahontas park?
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.