Centreville Powerlines - TRAIL

Centreville Powerlines - Trail, Centreville, Virginia

Mostly single track. Some pavement to complete the loop.

User Reviews (19)

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vinny_c   Cross Country Rider [Jul 29, 2009]

Yeah this "trail" was the first one I rode after moving to VA last year. I also saw it in that MTBing in Northern Virginia book. After trying to figure my way around this loop and ending up in countless thorn bush dead ends and backyards I thought "Oh man, NOVA is gonna SUCK for mountain biking". Well then I got smart and went to some real trails (FH, Wakefield, etc) and am much happier now. I won't ride this "trail" again. It's a complete waste of time.

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ljsmith   Cross Country Rider [Jul 12, 2009]

I read about this trail in "Mountain Biking Virginia". In the book it describes a nice trail, though not in a wooded area. There is a picture showing a nice well defined trail underneath power lines. This book was first published in 1995, and I can only guess that this description of the trail was written back then as well as the picture being taken then. There really isn't much of a trail. It looks like there used to be a trail, but it is all covered by thick grass. It makes it almost impossible to spot trail imperfections and holes, which makes this a very unfreindly trail to ride. I think there is some potential here if there was some type of trail maintenance, but theres not, and I don't think there ever will be. So I would say avoid this one unless you happen to be extrememly bored or just can't get to any other trail.

Customer Service

Stay in your car and drive somewhere else like Fountainhead or Michael Farraday.

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localbiker   Cross Country Rider [Feb 04, 2007]

In the previous post, take a left at the black fence and follow the horseshoe trail markings to the end of Union Mill Rd (South of Compton). The trail continues for another 1.5 miles on parkland to the NVRPA property where you need to turn back.

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puffernc   Weekend Warrior [Jan 02, 2007]

In the strictest sense, this isn't a MTB trail. This is more a locals after work ride. However, there's some good sides to this trail as well. If you want to enjoy it trace out the route in Google earth before you ride. There's no "trail" per se, you're on your own to make it through, and it's easy to get dropped into a deadend.

What this ride lacks in user friendliness or beauty it makes up in technical offerings. It's got a little of everything, open grass, pavement, steep climbs, sliprock, and stream crossings. The ATV damage also adds to some technical challenges, as massive ruts on some of the downhills would be very unforgiving to mistakes in balance.

Note, there's a golf course blocking this ride with a big black fence cutting you off at the 2 mile marker making the total loop right around 4 miles rather than 8. The fence is at Union Mill Road (38°48'3.41"N, 77°25'25.29"W).

Customer Service

Park at Centreville Elementary School, coming out of the parking lot take a left on Green Trails Blvd, a Rt on Rock Canyon Dr, a right on Chestnut Run, and a right on Compton Village Dr. This is a half mile roll through neighborhoods, and there's a faster way to get there by climbing a fence if you want to figure it out. Actual riding starts at about 38°49'1.66"N, 77°26'33.64"W.

Similar Products Used: If you're not within 15 minutes of this ride don't bother, head over to fountainhead.
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Ryan Pageau   Cross Country Rider [May 27, 2004]

First of all the person who "thought" that this trail was for bikes, is an idiot. This trail is clearly for ATV'S and TRUCKS. This trail is absolutely horrible. The weeds were LITERALLY up to my waist while riding my bike. There is no clear cut path. The worst thing is it leads you STRAIGHT into the heart of Route 66. However recomended this trail is a moron, and should have his biking priveleges revoked immediately.

Customer Service

Dont listen to the guy that says, "park at the church" or the other guy who says, "park at the school" because they are both retarted AND THERE IS NO TRAIL SO DONT WAIST YOUR TIME!!

Similar Products Used: Fountain Head is a beast and a true test, check it out.
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Kevin   [Jan 09, 1999]

This trail has a good veriety of obsticle, most, if your good enough and brave enough, you can ride over or through. There are two main trails, an uper trail on the power lines and a lower trail on the Little Rocky Run Stream. Both begain at the same point, of Compton Rd., and end at the same point, around New Bradock/Bradock Rd.

Similar Products Used: If you get bord with this trail you can drive to the county line of Prince William County and Firafax County on Route 28. Before the bridge, on the right side, there is a dirt road that leads down to a parking lot. There is a trail the goes from the left to the right, if you go left you get to alot of cool trails in Cliftion(behind the Balmorhal community) that go on forever deep in to the town of cliftion atleast 6-10 miles if not more, and to the right the trail goes to Bull Run Park for atleat 6 miles if not more. A nice cross country single track somewhat hilly. **CATION** If you go on this trail it is mainley intended for hikers/walking/fishing/sunday strows, so give the focks on foot the right of way and try to sneak your bikes of your car. And always if you get board Fountain Head is 10 minits away! Just explore the area there are trails every where. See you out there!
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scotty j   [Feb 20, 1999]

I kinda thought it was a kool ride with some steep climbs and some all or nothing descents. After the rain water can be high in the creeks which makes for wet crossings. this is a good trail to ride solo.

Customer Service

there are many ways to hit this trail from the power lines if your balls are big enuff you can start in manassas and hop across rte.66 not recomended unless your insane.....huh

Similar Products Used: check out the horse trails near manassas battle feild they wind back pretty far if you make the right turns. you can get there near the walking bridgeoff rt.29
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chris   [May 04, 1999]

Rode the trail from braddock road to rt66. Met up with a cop investigating some gunshots in the area. Advised me to be careful and wear lots of RED.

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no recommended route

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Paco   [Jul 10, 1999]

Great trail for climbers, not much downhill fun. The route that parallels RT. 28 is covered by thorns and is painful. Very rocky and rooty, and is mostly single track.

Customer Service

Follow powerlines from balmoral, but try to not ground yourself, there are a lot of volts passing overhead. Before you come to Compton Rd. there is a jeep trail to the left that goes for miles. I stil have found the end of it.

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Alan   [Jul 14, 1999]

I found a way to get around I66 when going from Mt Olive Church to the rest of the trails by Virginia Run and London Towne (Cub Run Stream Valley Park). The path is about a mile and a half long and is a slighly technical single track.

Customer Service

Start from Mt Olive, ride the trail at the back of the church parking lot, when you get to Mt Olive Rd, turn left, ride untill you get to Compton, turn right onto Compton, ride untill you get to the I66 underpass, right after you go under I66, you should cross a small bridge and then see a paved path going into the woods on your right. Ride the paved path untill you get to a fork in the path by the powerlines, you can follow the powerlines and try to cross 29 without a light, or you can turn to the right and go down a steep hill then cross the stream and follow the path untill you get to the apt complex, follow the concrete steps into the parking lot and ride to the left, north up the street untill you get to 29, cross 29 at the light and then turn left onto the Rd that parallels 29 untill you get to the path, the dirth trail is visible easily from the paved path once you come to it.

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