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Level: Intermediate
Length: 8 mi (12.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +303/ -312 ft
Total: 98 riders

Mountain Biking Powhite Park

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#56 of 300 mountain bike trails in Virginia
#1,917 in the world

Moderate to difficult; the hilly, twisty nature of the fast singletrack here requires some skill. There are some good technical log sections and one rocklog drop off that ends into a long air log cross over. Sweet!

I've ridden the trail twice now.

First added by getonthetrail on May 29, 2004. Last updated Apr 30, 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
Take 95 south to 195 WestSouth to Powhite Parkway (Route 76) soth towards Chesterfield. Take the Jahnke Rd. East exit just after crossing over the Chippenham Parkway. As you head east on Jahnke Rd., you will cross back under the Chippenham Parkway and you will see almost immediately the Powhite Park entrance (on your left across the median). Drive another 50 yards to the right at the Chippenham Medical Center and make a U turn. The park will be on your right. Follow the road back and park near the circle drive. The trailhead starts into the woods at the far end of the circule drive.
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  • fesp

    Great stop off of 95. Can really go fast here and has good climbing.

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  • jmumford

    Once you drop in you realize you have a long climb out. Maybe the hardest climb out in RVA.

    Go straight through the bark section. And you will get to a down hill. It's kinda steep. But fun.

    Cross the wooden bridge. After that you have a couple of options. Left is rooty not super hard. Right is a slight constant climb. And straight ahead. Is a climb. Wow. I would stay left or right.

    Not the best marked trail in the world. But you kinda know where you are because of the highway noise.

    Explore. Bring glasses and water.

    It's an option if north bank and buttermilk are wet. It's a hike out. I would do it again!

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  • Tom804

    A little small but lots of fun! Trails were in good shape, a little challanging but nothing too difficult. There's an awesome trail that runs through a dry creek bed with lots of features to hit. My only complaint is the trails weren't marked too well... it's not hard to loose your bearings, and I have a feeling I missed some trails. Either way it's definitely worth a visit if you live nearby.

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  • jaugustine28

    Check out my review on Powhite Park at:

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  • personjpj

    Seems kind of neglected some trails looked like they haven't been ridden in years covered in leaves and I road through several huge spider webs. There are no trail signs so u can get kinda of lost or ride in the wrong direction. Also some logs that are just in the middle of the trail that don't seem to be part of the trail design. With a little clean up it would be awsome definitely can be fast.

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  • RVApete

    It is a small park, but with all the different sections it is a great place for an hour or two of fun. The creek bed is incredible, be sure to hit that a few times every time you are here.

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  • shbrva

    I saw that the last review said that the trail had a lot of trees blocking it, but decided to take a look. It was clear and a nice ride. It is not marked very well but is compact enough that finding your way with lots of options on alternative routes.

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  • ButchA

    Hey guys... Happy July 4th! I was just at Powhite Park earlier before lunch. I haven't been there in a while and wanted to check it out again.

    In a nutshell: IT'S TRASHED DUE TO THE STORMS!!!

    There's like 16" tree trunks all over the place, trees knocked down, trails blocked, and no way to really get around them - the tree trunks are about 3' off the ground - some you can, others you can't and you have to turn around.

    Good news: The dried creek bed "half pipe" section is unharmed and is still a blast to ride.

    All in all, I'd wait to ride this until the city parks department can get in there and clean it up, or maybe if someone (like me) also has a chainsaw, maybe together we can clear the fallen tree trunks out of the way.

    * Review edited 7/4/2012

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter

    This is a nice little trail, but make no mistake: it is short. The outer loop is only a little bit over 2 miles (maybe close to 3), and while there are some cool rocks and bermed turns, I wouldn't travel very far to ride it. Once it's connected to James River Park, though, it will be awesome!

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  • surlyryder

    Too small for MTB riding. Take your bmx bike and ride the creek bed. I rode the entire perimeter of the park in 30 minutes . Very disappointed after reading the other reviews.

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  • Jakeonabike

    this trail is awesome. This is a really dense network of trails with multiple options. There is a pretty sweet half pipe thing. This is a great fast but short ride. Great for multiple laps. It is right near the highway so avoid peak traffic hours for a peaceful ride.

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  • ButchA

    Whoa... This trail is *WICKED*!!! I don't know why it is classified as a Blue Square, but it is sure tough (well, at least for my first time on it).

    It has rocks, tree roots, stumps, wood bridges, ...you name it. Lots of terrain to explore, with extremely tight, narrow, twisty trails through the trees.

    The cool part of the whole place, is the dried out stream bed that resembles sort of a snowboard half-pipe. That was a trip!

    All in all, this trail is very technical, very narrow, and honestly almost deserves a black diamond. It's tough, but fun!

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  • vculee2002

    I rode this trail this past weekend after not riding here in about 8 mos. I was pleasantly surprised to find some new sections & a "loop" that runs around the circumference of the property. They have added rock gardens, some additional log hops & some really sweet bermed turns. Another test is the amount of roots here. All in all, this is a great ride and not too technical but still a good workout. Riding back out is a pretty good climb but not too severe.

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  • frking

    This trail made me smile and keep smiling. Great job and major kudos to all those that worked to make this playground for mountainbikers. Truly a web of trails for such a small area. After 5 hours of riding this area on 3 different occasions I was still finding new trails. The half-pipe is brilliant, as are all the rock rolls and drops with easy-outs. Everything is ridable and built with care.

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  • bblizard

    Nice quiet web of trails with something for everyone - challenging technical parts, fast whoopee half-pipe, moderate climbs, log piles, lots of birds and wildflowers.

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  • FinsFan

    A good intermediate trail that has some fun/technical sections. The "Half Pipe" section is great, it is faster than the pocahontas half pipe but not as steep/challenging. There are also some sweet jumps. Overall a fun ride near most of richmond.

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  • Head_First

    This is a really fun park to ride. There is a section of whoops in an old creek bed that is about as fun as you can get on two wheels. There are some big jumps out here. Just be careful on the big rock in the back. I have attached a photo to the photo section.

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