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Level: Intermediate
Length: 2 mi (3.2 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: -
Total: 29 riders

Mountain Biking Carrollton Nike Park

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#82 of 300 mountain bike trails in Virginia
#2,984 in the world

This trail has few obstacles but has tight s-turns, tree roots, and narrow paths. There are a few short climbs and the scenery is awesome with a couple of picnic tables near the water for breaks. This trail hosts 4 - 5 to five mountain bike races annually. When you finish the route you'll want to ride back down a path next to the soccer field and do it again.

First added by a58strod on Apr 24, 2007. Last updated Apr 12, 2022. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: yes
  • Lift service: no
  • Night riding: no
  • Pump track: no
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: no
  • E-bikes allowed: yes
  • Fee required: no
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Getting there
Cross the James River Bridge from Newport News heading toward the town of Smithfield on US 17 South. About two miles after crossing the bridge, turn right onto VA 669 and follow the signs to the park's entrance. Enter the driveway and go straight ahead to the last parking loop. The trailhead is on the left and is marked by a small sign listing the IMBA trail rules.
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  • JD Walls

    This trail not worth traveling for. I'm a local that rides the park to park multi-use trail between Windsor Castle park and Nike park, but I would never drive or transport my MTB to this trail. As mentioned before, the trail is unkept, and hazardous; especially for beginners. The route itself is boring and bascially skirts wooded terrain between open soccer fields and the Jones Creek marsh. Occassionally you will cross wet areas that have been randomly bridged by various materials. Bar-handle length single track dodges hardwood trees and other overgrowth. However, the tree roots that cover 80% of the course will make you wish you didn't even bother to "send it" towards the zero level of course climax.

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  • Len

    The trail is unkept, gulleys are hazardous and the trail is overboring. The county is way outdone by lake Maury and Hardwoods Mill. Yep, they should be ashamed to call this a trail anymore. How sad

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  • Redyns Divad

    I am a true beginner, so my rating is all relative. 37 years old, somewhat out of shape riding a hard tail stumpjumper. I enjoyed the ride. Fell down a few times. Lots of roots. I have a hard time looking ahead so I end up slowing down a lot and not carrying momentum over certain obstacles. As I get better that will improve. I think even an advanced guy/gal would have a descent time here. I have nothing to compare it to but it doesn't seem in too bad of shape. One downed tree I had to walk over. All in all not bad, I will be back.

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  • Josh LaFrance

    Decent little trail, but it's not being maintained well. No clean up and little use meant lots of leaves and needles on the trail even in mid summer. Now, it's slick as heck from the fall leaves. This trail has a lot of roots and they can be challenging even on a 29er. A few spots barely have enough space between trees for your handlebars. A few very short but steep climbs. Can be mastered pretty easily. As others have said, it's only 2 miles. Being only a few miles from home it's my go to for a quick ride. With some work this could be a great trail.

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  • ajp11

    Roots, roots, roots, and roots. Lots of switchbacks over the fingers in the water. Kinda boring after a while.

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  • Heresmudinyoureye!

    Nice little course with a bunch of ups and downs. Tight single track for nice riding. A very shirt ride, but I just turn around and do it backwards. Hit it up on the way to Williamsburg. Worth a stop when on the way but do not travel too far to get here.

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  • ****

    I was pretty happy with the quality of track, terrain, and scenery. The biggest drawbacks to me are primarily the shortness of the trail, though it is easily looped, and the lack of meaningful elevation change but that seems to be expected for the area. I would definitely return but I'll be checking out the other side of the bridge first.

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  • NWRR

    I am a beginner and love it great scenery close to home, well kept, Challenging but doable for a beginner, my only complaint is where the trail got shortened I wish the bridge had been moved to the new crossing

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  • 29erMIKE

    Directions: cross James River Bridge. At 1.6 mi. turn right onto Smiths Neck Rd. (VA669), then drive .5 mi. turn left at Reynolds Dr. (VA665), then drive .7 mi. turn right at Nike Park Rd. go 1 mile and park is on left hand side of road. Park in furthest parking lot from entrance and the trail is on left hand side past a wooden split rail fence. Look for a brown parks & rec rules & regulation sign at the trailhead.

    I ride a single speed geared at 32/21 and this trail is great for single speed MTB and beginners. Also if a rider is trying to practice with clip-in shoes/pedals this trail would be good training ground. It's only 2 miles, but fun and scenic single track mostly along a beautiful meandering marshy waterway. Some roots, leaves, pine on trail.

    What to look for on the trail: 4 log obstacles to ride over (no option to go around), 4 well-built bridges, yellow arrow directional signs, white spray painted arrows on some trees, red access point signs marked A thru G.

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  • bbrian

    Fun trail. It took an easy 15 minutes to ride. The only bad part is it doesn't complete a loop, it drops you out in a confusing manner.

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  • hawkinbj

    this trail sucks. flat. boring. short

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  • jeremysfour

    Fun trail overall. Ride it twice and it will be a good workout. Some very good S-turns, a few log crossings, a few bridges, and a few ruts.

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  • roundnround

    Great beginner trail, views are great, good workout with the variation of ascents and descents of the trail.

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