Forest Hill Park

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4.19 out of 5
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About this trail
Short small network of trails through a formerly fabulous (100 years ago or so), then dilapidated, now archeological find type of site. This park has been neglected for so long it has become beautiful again.

Trails in this park were part of the Xterra race (June 2004).

These trails are accessible from Reedy Creek (which is along the Buttermilk trail).

Excellently difficult to climb hills, both single track and paved. An excellent whoop-dee-whoop on the East end (a bit hard to find, go over the creek near Forest Hill Avenue).

Short trails, but worth exploring while riding the Buttermilk/Belle isle trails.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Singletrack


September 30, 2015
CFM Singletrack  
 
Review: A short offshoot of the Buttermilk trail. A bit longer climbs, tight turns, roots, and surprise exposure on a concrete structure make this trail fun to ride.

Similar Trail: Dogwood Dell

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Gramcounter

September 29, 2015
 
Review: This trail is very accessible from downtown and also close to a great coffee shop. It connects to the buttermilk trail and the park has water and bathrooms that are never too far away. This is a nice loop to add some mileage when doing buttermilk. It's rated blue while buttermilk is black, but I didn't think buttermilk was any more difficult than this one.

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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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Trailblazer

July 28, 2012
FinsFan Trailblazer  
 
Review: The changes in this trail (and park...there is water in the lake now!) since I have last ridden it are amazing. This trail keeps getting better :)

Similar Trail: Buttermilk, northbank

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Gramcounter

June 24, 2012
ButchA Gramcounter  
 
Review: I rode this after I, um, "bailed out" on the Buttermilk trail near the Reedy Creek entrance. Buttermilk way WAY too advanced for me. Forest Hill was better, but still, very very technically challenging. I had a few "oh %*#&" moments on Forest Hill, but nothing bad. There are some nasty hairpin switchbacks and some very steep downhill sections. In a nutshell: I like Forest Hill better than Buttermilk for my skill level and MTB experience.

Similar Trail: I would say Buttermilk since it's so close by, but only if your ready for it.

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World Champ


May 23, 2012
Greg Heil World Champ  
 
Review: This is a great little trail that offers up some of the best purpose-built trail in the James River Park System. Some great swoop and flow to be had here, as well as the characteristic James River Park tech!

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Singletrack


October 9, 2011
 
Review: Short but fun trail. connects to Buttermilk Trail by going through tunnel.

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Granny Gear

November 14, 2010
njones145 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Rode this a few weeks back it has some killer climbs, but flows really nice. I rode Belle Isle and Buttermilk West first then finished with Forest Hill. It was roughly a 6 mile ride. Trails flow nice, some very sharp 90 degree turns to keep the heart pumping with the solid climbs. I think coupled with Buttermilk this is a great ride. Also coul dbe a great afterowrk ride when light is short.

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Poseur

May 16, 2010
2quik4u Poseur  
 
Review: I ride this trail fairly often. I always ride it with Buttermilk because it is kind of short at 2-3 miles by itself. The trail has some steep climbs but isnt terribly technical overall.

Similar Trail: Buttermilk, Pocahontas

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Granny Gear

May 11, 2010
tommyr73 Granny Gear  
 
Review: The trails have a great flow. You will get your heart rate up with the hills, switchbacks, and rocks. This trail was recently updated and cleaned up. It is very nice to ride and connect in to the Buttermilk Trail to finish your ride.

Similar Trail: Buttermilk

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Forest Hill Park MTB Trail 4.19 out of 5 based on 17 ratings. 17 user reviews.
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