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Level: Intermediate
Length: 15 mi (24.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +861/ -812 ft
Total: 49 riders

Mountain Biking Woolwine Trails [Shiners Revenge]

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#40 of 300 mountain bike trails in Virginia
#1,261 in the world

Location for the 2017 VA Mountain Bike Championships (Date: 5-21-2017)

Main Loop

15 mile continuous loop (white black arrows) is a full on mountain bike adventure. Fast, flowing descents, technical rock gardens, smooth climbs, creek crossings, various a/b lines for advanced sections of trail. 100% singletrack!!!

If this trail was anywhere other than Woolwine, VA there would be a full parking lot everyday... however the beautiful mountain scenery, abundant wildlife, leaves the perfect recipe for a ride with your friends, and maybe a local. Come check out what "Mountain Bike Virginia" guide book author Martin Fernandez says is the BEST trail you have never heard of.

Shorter Loop Options are available. Check out Kiosk for updated map, and route options. There are several other trails within the park for any riders with enough juice left to navigate the old school trails.

East Loop

8.5 mi with access to shorter distance (red, blue cut thru).. West Loop 5.8 mi with awesome rock garden loop within. May 2020 reopened trail top of West side, Rotor Ridge and/into Wright Passage.

First added by vspkayaker on Mar 21, 2011. Last updated Jan 11, 2022. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: yes
  • Lift service: no
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: no
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: yes
  • E-bikes allowed: yes
  • Fee required: no
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Getting there
Approximately two miles east of VA Route 8, on VA Route 40, park is located on left. Trail head is located in front of turn up to baseball field.
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  • mdujmo

    East and West loop are in good condition. Leaves get blown in late November to keep from doing 17 mile over twice. Rotor Ridge at the top of West down to Wright's Passage (old school trail) has been reopened. The West has a rock garden loop within for the more advanced rock hound riders. This area is true mountain biking area for intermediate riders with lots of cardio.

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  • AlbertSmith

    I finally made it back up here after the weather cooled off and before the leaves covered the trail. This time I rode the complete east loop (9miles) counter clock wise and it was brutal. The first half is relatively moderate and about 5 or 6 miles in there's the climb from the creek bottom up to the mountain peak that's extra hard (brutal brutal) with tight switchbacks that have lose rocks (handsize to headsize). It's like I tried to explain last time I was up here, the lose rocks will beat your rims up. Now, I've got 10 new dings in my rims and I felt and heard each one. The strange thing is this trail doesn't really have any serious technical obstacles like gullies, dips, or drops, but has more than enough rough lose climbing to make for a really good challenging ride. On this trail you need a soft full suspension with rear lockout and tubeless tires run as low as your weight will allow for the best ride. One thing I immediately noticed is the trail looks like nobody rides it, but it is cleared out and well kept. I'm guessing that the grueling punishing nature here is only for the select few. I will certainly be back soon for more.

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  • AlbertSmith

    I finally got up to Woolwine trail and I'm kinda disappointed. First, this trail is laid out very similar to Mountain Laurel trail. ML is ranked number one and Ww is ranked number four in the state of Virginia. I do like ML alot better because it's more twisty and tighter. For my first time here I didn't ride but two mIles of the nineteen to know what it's about and turned around and came back out because of to many roots and rocks covered with heavy leaves making the roots and rocks undetectable and I've got nice carbon rims that I don't want banging rocks and roots that I can't see. The main reason I don't like this trail is in order to have fun on it, I would have to ride extremely fast because the trail is basically straight sections with switchbacks at the ends dropping and raising you to another level and it's to dangerous not seeing the rocks and roots. If I get back up here before all the leaves are all cleared I will ride another bike with cheap rims. The basic layout of this Woolwine trail, you may go straight for 3-400 feet and then a sharp switchback and you go 3-400 feet more, etc. I find these trails boring, but they'll probably grow on me if I was going at least 15-20mph. In North Carolina all the trails I've been riding for the past twenty five years are up and down gullies twisty turnie all the time, you never get bored and they are my favorites where you can keep a good even pace, it's alot more fun. I'll come back here again and try to make a good ride of it.

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    • mdujmo

      We don't blow leaves until Thanksgiving time frame. Too much distance to hike across the terrain and up to the top for 2 trail maintenance persons to accomplish. Over 17 miles

  • Frontier MTB

    Rode here today with my son great single track trails

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  • Pat Tracy

    Great Trail! Super nice flow and changing

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  • MikeRodgers

    Well designed trials lots of fun in the wilderness. Just wish they were closer Id ride there every day!

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  • the1jesster

    Amazing event great community

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  • Trey Davis

    Trails are some of the best around, there super flowy and fast. I really love riding here and is a great experience for advanced to rookie riders.

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  • Bob Norris

    Love this trail! The rock work is the best I've seen. Kudos to the builders. PS, thanks for deleting the fire road :)

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  • man.cave

    As everyone has said, these trails are great. I wanted to clarify a few things I read. 1st off these trails are not rocky. There are a few sections of rocks, mostly put there by the trail builders, but for the most part, there needs to be more rocks. 2. These trails are not good wet weather trails. When I rode in late January, it had not rained in over a week and was 59 degrees, the problem was it was 22 that morning and thus alot of freeze thaw action going on. I look forward going back when the trails are not so slick. Overall I was impressed with the amount of work that had been put into these trails, it was great to see. The terrain was ok, but the trail builders definitely made the most of it.

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  • gregdillon

    Simply one of the best trails I have ever ridden. Love all the trails here in southwest va

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  • timpowellva

    Hidden Gem. Had no clue these trails even existed. I found them on Single tracks and figured they were a typical park trail...... I was so wrong. These are amazing trails. I was shocked by the flow, and fun factor considering the mountain terrain. I even met the trail crew (police and inmates) working the day after Thanksgiving making them even better. The best trail I have ridden to date, highly recommend!

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  • vspkayaker

    Woolwine Trails is Complete!!! 15 mile continuous loop (white black arrow) is seriously full on mountain biking. Are there better trails? Yes, however I have not been on any. This has literally everything that a "Mountain Biker" would want in an XC trail. I ride here over 100 days a year, and this place still entertains me (that really says something).

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  • Squishsquish

    Rode today, words can't describe the fun I had. Perfect trail conditions!

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  • lnowlin77

    By far the best trails in my neck of the woods. The climbs are tough (the way they're supposed to be) and the downhills are screaming fast. Your body will definitely know you rode after leaving here.

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  • Chad collins

    This place has it all! If you want real mountain biking not park riding Look no further. Great climbs,flow,rock gardens,techy sections and creek crossings. Very well marked and the trails are maintained well. No wonder the Virginia state championships may be here in 2017. Definitely a must ride. Oh yeah if you see some guys in orange thank them for everything they do there.

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  • fattirefatguy

    Just finished riding Woolwine trails. I heard about these at Moores Spring trails. WOW!! Even for a fat guy these trails are so much fun. Heading back next weekend.

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