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Level: Intermediate
Length: 50 mi (80.5 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +1,525/1 ft
Total: 218 riders
 

Mountain Biking Pocahontas State Park

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#15 of 285 mountain bike trails in Virginia
#533 in the world

This is a Virginia State Park, website here:

http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/pocahontas.shtml

This park is a nicely managed state park similar to Yorktown State Park (also a Virginia State Park).

There are trails for all levels, but none are really that hard. The scenery is typical Eastern Virginia woodland. I have never failed to see deer. Once I saw an American Bald Eagle. This is a good park to learn and to get some exercise. I have gone here with my children since they were 4. The singletrack difficulty is indicated in a fashion similar to ski slopes. The easy trail is the longest. The hardest trail is not that much harder than the easiest.

First added by reh on May 11, 2020. Last updated May 11, 2020. → add an update
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Getting there
In Chesterfield County, about 20 miles south of Richmond. Exit 61 off I-95, go west on Route 10 to Beach Road. The park is four miles on right. Enter the park (Parking fee = $2.00). Park near the CCC museum. Take the "Old Mill" bicycle trail to the right and the single tracks will be up ahead a ways on the right.
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Rider questions

Q: thinking about traveling from NJ to VA in April for a long weekend of camping. Are these trails something that we could pull our child in one of those bike trailers on ? dont want to make the 4 hr drive with our bikes if we really cant pull her behind them. Any feedback or other parks to camp around VA would be appreciated !
A: Depends on which trail system you ride. There are two trails that were built with hand cyclist in mind and a very smooth, although they are rather short.

Q: Is there a trail for three-wheeled handicap bikes
A: Absolutely! The newish Swift Creek trails have about 7 miles of hand cycle-friendly trails. Come check them out.

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  • tonetonitony
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    XC machine built trails. Mostly hardpack double track... some hand tooled singletrack by the campground (lakeview). These trails are fast with an elaborate fireroad network to shuttle back with minimal elevation work. The middle DOES have a pump track with several lines. There grn, Blue, Black trail designation isnt really representative of actual difficulty and don't let that stop you from riding everything just because maybe you dont consider yourself an expert. Please be aware there are some low IQ strava$$holes who will mow you down rather then brake check for party pace riding.

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  • Owen Spendlove
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    Lots of fun. Fairly easy with some obstacles, root and gardens, but nothing really difficult. Great for beginners like me. Some steep hills. Well maintained, and the fire roads and horse trails are also accessible for mountain biking. My only complaint is that the park closes the bike trails for a day or two every time it rains, and we get a lot of rain in here.

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  • Omar Delgado
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    Great trail system and upkeep by the Volunteers, parking can get crowded on weekends.

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  • jmumford
    Reviewing Blueberry Hill:
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    Fun trail. It's a beginner trail. Little to no roots or rocks. As an intermediate rider. It's super fast and flowy. Alot of pumping. Well suited for a hardtail. Loop it with what I thought was the new pump track which is now a awesome pump track/tabletop down hill trail. It's super fast and fun. But as the signs say "check your speed". I rode it on an off day. It's a beginner trail.

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  • steven sproul
    *****

    Well maintained and a enjoyable ride. I rode Lakeview Trail 1 & 2. It had a few technical spots but I'm also a beginner.

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  • jmumford
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    Fun trail. Well marked and well taken care of. I road all three. A good break from the James River Park system trails. It has just enough advanced offshoots to keep it interesting. And very little steep or long climbs. The fire road to get to it was the hardest. Lake View too was probably my favorite. My only critique. After about mile marker 6. It kinda looses it's pop. But all and all it was fun and a well taken care of trail system.

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  • jmumford
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    Fun trail. Well marked and well taken care of. I road all three. A good break from the James River Park system trails. It has just enough advanced offshoots to keep it interesting. And very little steep or long climbs. The fire road to get to it was the hardest. Lake View too was probably my favorite. My only critique. After about mile marker 6. It kinda looses it's pop. But all and all it was fun and a well taken care of trail system.

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  • PhilRiggan
    Reviewing Blueberry Hill:
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    I rode these trails on New Year's Day 2017 and was (again) very impressed. A fun ride, but not too difficult and a very sustainable trail. Connects well with the rest of the Pocahontas State Park trail network, which continues to grow!

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  • samoldham
    *****

    Great for all skill levels, simulates the big mountains just west of richmond with easy long-ish climbs to fun downhills with jumps and great flow. The trails are all ridable by beginners, they may need to hike their bikes once or twice, but overall they'll love the non-steep grade and smooth trails.

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  • RidingPastor
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    I did not get to ride this as much as I had hoped but I had fun and hope to go back.
    lots of miles of fun to be had by all skill levels

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  • jmumford
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    The new trails are awesome. Labeled easy but if your trying to work on more dirt jump/pump track skills. Ride them! I was slightly disappointed in Morel Ravine which is labeled black diamond. The ravine crossing are not beginner! But the down tree crossings, which all can be ridden, got a wee bit boring. But yeah I'm going back. Great state park!

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  • VAtrailrider
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    Rode the three Lake View trails today. The Friends of Pocahontas State Park were out on the trail working on a new berm. Eventhough there was heavy rain on Thursday and heavy leaves on the trails, the trails were still visible with all the usage. The trails are nice with all the changes with roots, rocks, bridges, creek crossing, and constant turns. The views of the lakes were awesome.
    I stopped in the Nature office near the Civilian Conservation Corps Museum and the park staff was friendly. He gave me pointers on which trails to ride as well as personal insight since he rides the trails too. He also advised me about new bike trails not on the map yet. I will definitely return to ride the other trails.

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