March 23, 2019
Whoa, how am I just discovering this place. It's pretty awesome. Why? Because it has longer more extended downs allowing faster speeds, banked turns, and drops and jumps and gnar- all pretty unique for DC Burbs. Unlike many trails in the area that are full of short speed killing ups after short downs, the ups and downs here tend to be longer. So the climbs are more less steeper grade but longer grinders, and the downs are longer allowing for you to really get your speed up and tend to have gnar and/or rollers or jumps which, with your speed, allow for some decent air. Also, unlike a lot of the trails around the area where they are full of speed robbing flat turns just as the trail is getting fun, here most of the turns are bermed. Not huge, but enough to allow you to keep your speed up. The trails are a mix of smooth with rollers and jumps or gnar with rocks and roots- probably the best gnar close to DC I've found yet. And the camp grounds is full of boulder and opportunities to work on your drops and jumps off of natural elements. On one side of the bathrooms is a nice little boulder strewn hillside that has a nice blind drop off a flat boulder to a step down (scout it, get the line in your head, and then just send it). Also has opportunities to go down some fairly steep gnar. The entire place is a great place to hone one's skills before heading west to the mountains and bike parks. And it's right off the Dulles Toll road in Reston!!! Awesome. Love it.