August 9, 2015
I have lived in the Villages of Piedmont since soon after it opened, around 6 years ago. When they started expanding the trails I was very happy to have a mice relaxing place to bike very close to my home. I take my mountain bike out at least once a week. These trails are lots of fun for beginners, or riders who like a nice scenic trail. There is parking access to the trails, off of thoroughfare. This allows people from outside of the neighborhood come and enjoy theses trails. I would love to see more people use these trails to become accustomed to mtn biking, or even for hiking. There are some places where there are tricky slopes, but overall it is a great place to come have a nice relaxing evening ride. Some days I am even out until 9 or 10 at night. I myself am a beginner mtn biker, I havent done anything more challenging than this trail, however I still enjoy myself. There are many signs throughout the trail that one can stop at and read about local wildlife. There are several bridges that provide a nice place to gain momentum or relax and view the scenery. Overall I enjoy these trail, however there are quite a few spider webs and sometimes this makes me feel like I am the only person that uses them. I would love to see people come out for a relaxing ride, or to become accustomed to biking. I give it a 4 star rating because some parts are overgrown and in need of some work. Although there are spider webs and overgrown bushes I enjoy this trail, I would love to see more people use this trail over the fall this year and during the summer of 2016. Thank you for taking the time to read my review, and have a nice day!
Edit - The best way to access this trail is through the parking lot on thoroughfare road. Going down 15 from 66 turn right onto thoroughfare and drive until you see a parking lot. There is a parking lot on both sides of the road. I have found this to be the best access for people who do not live in the VOP
Or you could turn right on 55(John marshall) when heading the same direction. Then you would turn left onto thoroughfare, this way is faster.