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Level: Intermediate
Length: 7 mi (11.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +262/248 ft
Total: 56 riders
 

Mountain Biking Whitney State Forest

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#218 of 317 mountain bike trails in Virginia
#10374 in the world

A small state forest that is bisected by a fire road. Full of winding singletrack through the woods with a lot of short, semi-steep ups and downs. A few stream crossings and plenty of log crossings keep it interesting for beginners. The trails are also used by equestrians, but the place is usually empty.

From the parking area, if you follow the leftmost trail you can find a perimeter loop back to the parking lot. Throughout the middle of the loop is a network of crisscrossing trails that can keep you occupied for a couple hours. It's impossible to get lost or accidentally wander outside the park, so you can just ride around as you see fit.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water
  • No E-bikes permitted
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter
  • No Fee required
  • No Lift service
  • No Night riding allowed
  • No Pump track
  • No Restrooms
Getting there
From downtown Warrenton (Business Rt 29 and Rt 211) follow W Shirley Ave South to Culpeper St/Springs Rd. Turn Right at the light onto Springs Rd, keep left at the fork onto Lee's Ridge Rd. When Lee's Ridge Rd turns into Lover's Lane, keep right (which will keep you on Lee's Ridge Rd). Look for Whitney State Forest Sign about 1/2 a mile down on the right. There is a small parking area there.
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Good (Oct 11, 2019)
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  • JRBull29
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    This is the second time that I rode Whitney State Forest. This time there was at least four trees down that completely blocked the trail with two of them being completely impassable, making a circuit ride impossible. The first time I used my hardtail and this time I went with my full suspension bike that has 800mm bars on it. There were a few spots that the trail didn't offer much clearance beyond 800mm between trees. I didn't see any horses but clearly they frequent this park, which in some cases made for more complex trails as they had a layered and rutted effect that made the riding more interesting (specifically the trail along the fenceline next to the farm lane) Virginia is especially beautiful in April and these trails were a stunning example of that, but I would not return until some of the downed trees are cleared and I will be bringing my hardtail when I do as it climbs easier and is enough bike for this park.

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  • Scott_Primrose
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    I really love this little system of trails in Warrenton. The reasons my review is only three stars are:
    1. The stream crossings are all in pretty bad shape due to horse traffic.
    2. The field trails in the back part of the park get really overgrown to almost impassible by late summer. The Dept of Forestry mowed them last summer, but has not as of early August this year.

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  • jfigel76
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    The above description is pretty accurate. There was some new machined trail blazing that seemed to go for a while. Water crossings can be sketchy due to mud and horse traffic. Saw a few bikers here and there were plenty of tracks. Trails seem pretty well marked.

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  • trnsprt

    Hello. I think the previous poster has this trail confused with another. This is not near Lake Anna.

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  • jtorlando25
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    These trails have grown a lot recently and the Fredericksburg Area Mountain Bike Enthusiasts (FAMBE) is in the process of mapping the entire trail system out. The trails are very fun. As already mentioned, there are plenty log hops, jumps, and flowing singletrack to be found. Not to mention, the lake is a rock throw away from the trails. Plenty of fun to be had here. I don't think it has been mentioned yet, but the easiest way to find the trail head is by heading to Lake Anna State Park and looking around the rear section of the parking lot for the trail.

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  • jason.f.fye
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    Rode this trail today after it rained last night. It was a bit muddy, but I had a blast. As in previous reviews it has some log jumps, ect. My favorite part is getting on the yellow trail and hitting the jumps!

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  • trnsprt
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    Edit** Just want to add there is a sign in the parking lot that notifies users you will need a State Forest Use Permit for MTB.** Fun. Not heavily used. Pretty small area with numerous criss crossing trails. I was surprised how small the area was, but how fun the little system is. I didn't have any idea of the trail system and it is not marked. So I had a frustrating series of riding the same thing over and over. But I got the sense if you ride there a few times you would quickly adapt to the best series of connections for the ride that best suits your style. No major up and downs. Just enough to get an average weekend rider breathing hard. Definitely gets equestrian usage. I went back in the spring and found quite a bit more trail network. * Review edited 2/21/2011

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