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Level: Beginner
Length: 9 mi (14.5 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +462/ -501 ft
Total: 180 riders
 

Mountain Biking Laurel Hill Park

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#42 of 300 mountain bike trails in Virginia
#1,362 in the world

This was a huge surprise. As you would expect in this area, there's not much exciting terrain, no big climbs or descents, and nothing technical to speak of, but boy is this great trail in spite of the inherent limtations. The trail designers did a great job extracting maximum fun from the area. From the parking lot, you can hit the CCT by getting on the pavement at the north side of the parking lot. It soon turns into crushed surface, passes under Furnace Road, then crosses Lorton Road. Then, you can dive into the series of connected loops. These loops are mostly meadow, so there's not the usual issues with leaves. The trail, while mostly wide, is packed with crushed rock, so it drains well. What makes it really great is the flow built in to the trail. It's fast and perfect for yanking and banking your bike through meadows and forests. On the way back, look for the Giles Run trail on your right shortly before returning to the parking lot. This is the true, narrow singletrack in the area. It snakes through the woods. Even here, the woods are less dense than most of Virginia, and some of it's evergreens, so again there's not so many leaves. Even though not covered with the crushed rock, it also seems to drain well, making this a good ride when others in the area are still wet. Or, you can hit the Giles Run trail straight from the parking lot by hugging the fence on the left side of the playground on the south side of the parking lot and going through the opening there. Overall, the great flow, generally good trail conditions, and (so far) less crowds make this new trail one of the best rides in the area.

First added by John Fisch on Dec 29, 2008. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: yes
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
This area lies east of Rte 123 (aka Ox Road) a couple miles north of where Ox meets I 95. Take Furnace Road east from Ox. It will merge with Lorton Road and fork again shortly thereafter. Follow what is now Lorton Road around one big bend left, weave a bit and go around a big bend right and look for a left turn with a gate. Go through to the top of the hill where you will find the parking. There is riding on both sides of Lorton Road, connected by the CCT (Cross Country Trail).


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Laurel Hill Mountain Bike Ride
 
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