Mountain biking is a popular activity in the U.S., and this form of cycling is no exception in Virginia. The West Piedmont Planning District is home to a number of mountain biking venues, and these destinations are described in detail below.
Fairystone State Park Trails
Fairystone State Park, located along Route 57 in Patrick County, offers many amenities including a 168-acre lake, picnicking and camping opportunities, as well as approximately 12 miles of multi-use trails which can be used for mountain biking.
Jamison Mill Park
Jamison Mill Park, located on the north end of Philpott Lake in Franklin County, offers mountain biking opportunities. An interconnected trail system comprising 6.25 miles can be found in the park, which consists of both single-track and trails that are similar to fire roads.
Mount Laurel Trails
The Mount Laurel Trail system, located at 411 Mountain Laurel Trail, Ridgeway (Henry County), offers approximately 11 miles of mountain biking trails on 10 acres created with cyclists of all skill levels in mind. Though situated on private property, Mount Laurel Trails is free to use and open to the public. Singletracks ranked this mountain biking trail system the best in Virginia.
Martinsville Reservoir Trails
Two multi-use trails can be found along the shores of the Martinsville Reservoir, located in Henry County. The Patrick Henry Community College Loop Trail, approximately 0.75-mile in length, begins near the Frith Building at Patrick Henry Community College and offers nice views of the Martinsville Reservoir. Not far from this trail is the 1.2-mile Rock Ridge Trail, which is a loop trail located near Redskin Drive, and similarly offers nice reservoir views.
I.C. DeHart Memorial Park Trail System
I.C. DeHart Park, situated along Route 40 in the Woolwine section of Patrick County, offers approximately 15 miles of trail – mostly single-track – which can be utilized for mountain biking as well as for hiking. Singletracks has ranked this trail system among the top five in Virginia.
Angler’s Ridge Trail System
Angler’s Ridge Trail System, located at Angler’s Park in the City of Danville, offers approximately 35 miles of mountain biking trails for cyclists of varying abilities. These trails offer cyclists challenges such as climbing opportunities and cycling through rooted areas. As was the case with some of the other mountain biking trail opportunities listed here, this trail system was ranked very highly by Singletracks.
Dan Daniel Mountain Bike Trail System
The Dan Daniel Mountain Bike Trail System, located at Dan Daniel Memorial Park, adjacent to Angler’s Park, passes through wooded areas and features variable terrain throughout. A cyclist can easily access the Angler’s Ridge Trail System by simply riding the Danville Riverwalk Trail a short distance to Angler’s Park.