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Level: Beginner
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +321/324 ft
Total: 198 riders

Mountain Biking Meadowood

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#7 of 291 mountain bike trails in Virginia
#238 in the world

Expected to be complete sometime around Sept-Oct. There are several hiking trails where bikes are not allowed. Look at the map, the MTB trail is the purple loop. Head past the trail head and turn left on the gravel path and it will take you to the singletrack. Trail can be ridden in either direction. Very smooth and rolling. It is like a smaller version of Rosaryville.

First added by jtorlando25 on Jul 9, 2011. Last updated May 11, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From I-95, take exit 161 and merge onto US-1 North. Go .8 miles and turn right on Hassett Street. Go .2 miles and turn left on Old Colchester Road. Trail head is .3 miles on the right.
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Rider questions

Q: Are there bike rentals?
A: no.

Q: Does it close if it's too wet?
A: As far as I can tell, no, they don't close it. One thing to keep in mind, this track doesn't drain well. The trail will stay muddy for days after rainfall. Mix that with all the deep ruts and you can end up over your handlebars quick. I've done it twice now haha.

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  • cercis

    We love riding Meadowood! The urban forest is beautiful and the trails are super fun to ride.

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  • dhhehehe

    Great no difficult features but so fun for advanced riders and beginners

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  • Jgrove

    Fun, flowy and ranges from techy to beginner.

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  • Rick Sanborn

    As of April 29th, 2018, the trail is a bit muddy but there are no obstructions on the South Loop Trail, Yard Sale or Boss. It's supposed to be dry and warm for the next several days so I expect most of the muddy areas will dry out over the next couple of days.
    If you're not familiar with Meadowood it is beginner friendly. The South Loop Trail has a couple of challenging climbs along with some fast, flowy descents. I prefer riding counterclockwise, but frequently ride clockwise as well, sometimes incorporating Yard Sale and/or Boss in that direction.
    The Boss Trail provides enough challenging obstacles to test most intermediate riders.
    Yard sale is a well-executed pump track with fast banked turns, tabletops and other fun features.

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  • CarmenInTheHills

    NOT for beginners. This is a great little trail -- a loop about 2.5 miles long that surrounds some areas built up to do technical riding. But even the loop is beyond beginner level. A wide single track with lots of serious roots and rocks to navigate and some spots where the hillside drops off enough that you don't want to be falling off your bike. I'd say early to middle intermediate but if you're a beginner, steer clear.... literally.

    Stats: Trail averages 2-3 feet wide. Lots of rocks. Roots can be up to 4 inches. Not intense grade generally, but occasional steep up and downs. Narrowest bridge was about 1 foot wide.

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  • outdoorfanatic

    Every trail in this system is quick easy access. The trail work is phenomenal especially on boss trail.

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  • C-Lo   ✓ supporter

    This is a pretty good get away that is close to the city. I had a pretty good time on vacation at this place. There is nothing too challenging unless you are pushing hard on the Boss section. We rode the boss section three times and had a great time.

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  • burch20

    Can't believe this trail is sitting at 4 stars. It's a little mucky in a couple spots but all the great features here make this trail one of the best.

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  • Afaq62

    Good for beginners. I just started mountain biking with this trail. Hoping to hit boss trail this weekend.

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  • Bendr

    I live nearby and aside from Fountainhead, this is the best trail around. Two main intermediate trails with banked turns & varied wooden features linked by a mixed-use loop.

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  • VAtrailrider

    Rode on 1/27/17 and there were a few mud puddles. A tree was laying across the trail between the entrance Stinger and Yard Sale; it was closer to Yard Sale's entrance. Too big to ride over.

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  • Mr Mojo Risin

    What to say about this trail system? FUN and fast. Nope, not technical at all but I couldn't get over how well it flowed. It felt like I carried speed into every turn. This would be the perfect place to get a newcomer indoctrinated into Mountain biking.

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  • burch20

    I love this trail. I have gone through all the trails backwards and forward. It's not going to test experienced riders but anyone getting into mountain biking is going to enjoy themselves. Be careful on the wooden turn. I went over the top and fell right on my head. It was pretty scary but I ended up being fine. The one huge drawback is the awful drainage. The ruts get filled with water and you have no idea how deep they can be. I've gone over the bars twice when I hit a puddle that was well over 8".

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  • dbg94

    Rode this trail yesterday and didn't have a lot of time to explore since I was just in the area for the day and had to drive 3 hours. Rode the outer loop and ran into a lot of people out for the bike demo going on in the main parking lot. Rode till I found the Boss trail and its just that, "BOSS". Fun Flowing and fast. I'd love to come back here when I can spend the whole day.
    Thanks to all who keep this trail going.

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  • VAtrailrider

    After several return trips, I figured out a good way to ride the trail. Go right at the start and follow signage for "South Branch Loop" at any junctions. When you go to the right, you can hit Boss, Yard Sale, and The Stinger off the trail. As you exit one, turn left to go to the next one. You will pass the exit of each one on the way. I like to ride them as they are listed on the map by letter. The Boss, pass The Stinger, do Yard Sale, and do The Stinger on the way out. The trail after that is alot of climbing which is why I think riders like to go left at the start; You miss The Stinger if you do Yard Sale when you arrive at it. Yard Sale's exit is past The Stinger's exit and entrance. If you go right at the start, turn right on the exit of The Stinger, and you can enjoy the fast trail back the way you came. You also miss the climb out and a chance to hit the boss again. You can get almost a six mile ride going right at the start, doing the three areas, and following the trail out or returning the way you started. Have fun.

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  • Geoff Doyle

    Lots of fun - fairly easy trail until you get to Yard Sale or the Boss Trail which have several more challenging man made features to test your skills.

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  • Christopher M   ✓ supporter

    Great short distance trail not far from DC. I made an hour drive to check this place out and was not disappointed. The trail, while short(about 5 miles) was well marked, flowing and had some amazing man-made obstacles. From the parking lot go counterclockwise on the loop for the best route. Check out Boss and yard sale trail, both of which are one way so make sure you follow the signage.

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  • harryeustace

    A bit out of the way for me so I would only go during the week as I am coming from Loudoun County BUT totally worth it! Very nice flow, not too much diabolical ascents and you can have a lot of fun here regardless of your rider level. I'm intermediate-advanced and love that pump run on Yard Sale. Have not had time to check out Boss. I prefer this place to Fountainhead if you are looking to just go shred and clear your head. It's a nice "flowy" set of loops and runs and just has a nice vibe. Can't wait to get back and spend more time exploring. Thanks to everyone who help make this trail reality..

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