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Level: Advanced
Length: 14 mi (22.5 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +1,287/ -1,416 ft
Total: 101 riders

Mountain Biking Rappahanock River Trail

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This trail system is locally known as The Quarry. Usual entry is parking at the Virginia Outdoor Center. There is a lot and a new pedestrian bridge that takes you to the canal path. A map and trail information are posted on a bulliten board at the entry. Follow the canal path to the scout trail. A bridge is out so either carefully go through the creek to the left or dismount and walk across. This will take you to a large graveled circle area. The gravel road left takes you to Sunshine Park, some baseball fields. If needed, there is a water faluntain and a porta john. If you go right, the gravel road will take you to the quarry. If you go left just a few feet, you will see a trail entry on your right. It is a quick pop up hill and quickly makes a Y. This is entry to Naysayer, the left, or Monolith, the right. Go left and Naysayer is a climb, with difficult rock and root elements, a few log crossings and tight turns. A difficult trail so recommended for riders with some experience but a really great, classic single track. You end Naysayer at a T in the trails, you will see that if you continue up the hill, you will ride the second half of Monolith trail. Monolith is also a difficult because it is gnarly climbing with lots of roots. At the end of Monolith, you will come to a four way with a wooden arrow pointing left. Straight is Fall Quarry, which will take you back to the gravel road you came in on. Go right, a sharp right up the rocky, rooty hill and you will ride Dishwasher. This is another great, but short tight, hilly trail with three really tiht down hills at the end. At the bottom of the trails after the three turns, you will see a creek in front of you. This is Fall Quarry again and it is the beginning, which takes you out to the gravel road. So go quick left and travel through Fall Quarry. This is a slightly less technical trail than the earlier trails, it will lead you back to the four way arrow, this time, go straight. Cross a creek and head through more tight rooty trails until you get to a tunnel. Cross the creek and go through the tunnel. It goes under interstate 95. Out of the tunnel, stay left and ride up and across the two log crossings. This takes you through Epiphany trail. Two creek crossings and an old tent makes this an interesting trail. After the second creek crossing continue through several logs that attempt to keep your bike from getting swampy. You will see a fire road straight and single track to the right, head right and climb, climb, and climb more through Pins and Needles. This is a short, but tight and rooty trail that will take you to the ER bulliten board on a fire road. You can see this part of the trail, and the bulliten from 95. Take the gravel downhill into the Ridgeline. This is a more intermediate trail and about four miles long. Great poppy hills, a couple nice downhills sections and again more roots. Cross the first fireroad to get the extra trail miles and it will dump You onto another fireroad. You can take this road straight down, back to the river, or go about fifty yards and make a sharp left and cross the creek to ride Owl Loop. This trail is more difficult than the ridgeline but well worth it as the final downhill is really fun. This willloop back around and take you back to the river. Once at the river, you will see a Y. Take the right to ride Gratitude. Stay straight if you just want to stay low and ride out. Gratitude is again, very tight and very rooty, but fun and will take you to a creek crossing, go tight left around a very large tree and it will loop back to the flat river trail. The river trail is very flat and will take you back to the road with the Quarry. If you still want to ride, go left or right, up a pool pass. Or take the gravel road back to the gravely circled road and you will see the trail to the left that will take you back to your car. Enjoy your ride.

First added by Lawmaster87 on Nov 5, 2008. Last updated May 10, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: yes
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Traveling South on Route 1 cross the Rappahanock River Bridge into Fredericksburg. Make right onto Fall Hill Ave. Follow until Rappahanock River is on your right. Start looking for small gravel lot on left just before small bridge over skinny canal. Park there, if possible. Across the the street from that lot is a gravel path along the skinny canal. Just keep going and up the Rappahanock and you will run into the network.

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