Panorama Farm - TRAIL

Panorama Farm - Trail, Charlottesville, Virginia

I won't get into a big description. It's all singletrack (good singletrack at that). From the parking area you get on a nift little singletrack trail into the wood and it just starts from there. Theres about 20 (maybe more) miles of sweet trail back there, but I don't have an exact count cuz I haven't ridden all of them (yet). This gets five knobbies from me because there's a lot of trail to ride, its really well maintaine, with some good obstacles, and its local (to me). Big thumbs up to the course designer-Drew Murray

User Reviews (44)

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Fattirewilly   Cross Country Rider [Feb 26, 2006]

This trail system is on private property and it is now CLOSED...The trail operator/owner has found other interests besides keeping trails maintained and mountain biking. A lengthy, well thought out attempt to transition the "business" to a group of local riders, did not get the yes vote from the family corporation that actually owns the land. If you want read about how good it USED to be, read the reviews below. If you want to do something to fix the sudden lack of trails in the Charlottesville area, join CAMBC http://www.cambc.org/ The owners might desire to host the occasional race. If there's a promotor out there who wants to do a race at Panorama, it could be possible.

Customer Service

Take a canoe trip around the Rivanna Reservior. This is as close as you can get to Panorama now. (unless you need to bulk purchase mulch or wood chips...they have good mulch...)

Similar Products Used: Walnut Creek about 1/2 hour south O'hill 15 minuts south Sherando 50 min southwest
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
meesier42   Cross Country Rider [Oct 05, 2005]

I love this place, may not be the most technical place in the world but it is just an incredible ride. I always like to ride with my brother who knows the trails very well. This is great fun, can be fast and sometimes that just what you need. If you live in the area screw paying the $8 , and get a parking pass at the local bike shop, (Extreme Sports) I don't know exactley where it is but if your a local I'm sure you can find it.

Customer Service

Don't know the names, besides they're all good.

Similar Products Used: Walnut Creek, a little more technical in some areas, but not the length.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
hogwash   Cross Country Rider [Aug 22, 2005]

Rode these trails for the first time this past Saturday. To say I was underwhelmed is an overstatement. They just aren't very challenging, that is unless you're trying to figure out where you are. One expects some dis-orientation the first time you ride somewhere but for trails that are purported to be so well maintained, the trail marking system is crap as is are the maps provided at the bike shop, and you end up spending (wasting?) a lot of time and energy riding in the freakin' hay fields. Heck, they could at least mow the tracks in the hay field once a week or so, but the grass was so tall it was just painful. For 8 bucks a visit, i expected a LOT more. It's very likely that I'll not be going back. SOOO over-rated.

Customer Service

29 South to Walnut Creek.

Similar Products Used: For real mountain biking go to Walnut or Sherando/Big Levels. O-hill is also a fun little place to hit up but not really an all day kind of place.
OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
minglewood   Weekend Warrior [May 31, 2005]

First ride at Panorama on 5/28/05. Agree with other reviewers regarding the fields. Felt like I was in Nebraska for about 1/2 of my ride, and once you're in the field, there's no quick exits back to the singletrack, you just keep riding in the grass. Better trail markers are definitely needed. Barring that, stay away from the section called the Big Easy. This is probably a great trail network for locals who know the system. If you're a first-timer, go with someone who knows the trails, or better still, just drive another 30 minutes to Sherando.

Customer Service

AVOID THE BIG EASY SECTION!!!

Similar Products Used: Sherando, Walnut Creek Park
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Billy Brown   Cross Country Rider [Oct 18, 2004]

These are fun and fast trails without much technical stuff to slow you down. As you can see by the other reviews, if you need advanced climbs, decents, and obstacles to be happy, this is not the place for you. If you just want to ride for hours, it is a good place. There are miles of trails, but keep in mind that many of those miles are in open fields, which even for the least adventurous can get boring. I have no problem with paying to ride. Eight bucks is the price of a movie or 2 or 3 beers at a bar, neither of which could occupy an entire day. The pay-to-ride deal means that trails are really well kept. However, I would say that the trails could be a little better marked given that it does cost. Not everything is marked and not all the trails appear to be on the map. So until you find the loops you like, allot some time and energy for the likelihood you get lost.

Customer Service

Stay in the woods and out of the fields.

Similar Products Used: O-Hill
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
mtb tank   Cross Country Rider [Sep 04, 2004]

I came from out of town and was looking forward to riding the "miles of singletrack" as was touted, but ended up spending an inordinate amount of time riding through hay fields. We didn't find the maps to be accurate and the trails themselves were only sporadically well-marked. The single track in the woods was admittedly a lot of fun and well-maintained, but I never had the foggiest idea of where I was and when I was going to be spit back into one of those damned hay fields or if I was ever going to stumble across the parking lot again. We just kept riding for hours and finally saw the blue house that was my landmark for the parking lot. I'm sure it would have been a lot better experience with the guidance of someone who already knew the trail system but we weren't so fortunate. The $8 didn't kill me for a one time deal, but I was expecting a lot more of the single track to be wooded and the trails better marked.

Similar Products Used: Walnut Creek
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
deighvx   Cross Country Rider [Aug 19, 2004]

This is the most overrated trail I have ever seen. I was not very impressed the first time I rode it but decided to give it another chance. The second time still did not have me seeing what all the talk was about. Call me picky, but for $8, the trails should be marked much better. Last time I rode out there, there were markers from one trail to the next that should have been nowhere near each other, other marked trails disappeared completely in front of me. Other trails were not maintained very well at all. Someone in the near area was doing some shooting which made me a little nervous as well. There were some loops I liked but my advice is to save your money and ride Walnut.

Customer Service

Keep going south on 29 to Walnut Creek

Similar Products Used: I think that is fairly obvious
OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
4
kervin   Cross Country Rider [Aug 12, 2004]

Fun place to ride with nice trails. I ride there a bunch, something like 3-4 times a week. I like the way lots of trails connect so that you can get a quick ride in if that's all you have time for. 99% ridable. I'm not into the trails that wind their way around the fields so I skip most of those. Trails are well maintained and it's all single track in the woods. Great place for a night ride. You gotta pay to ride, but it's worth it. There just are not that many places that have nice, narrow single track that easy to get to.

Customer Service

White blaze trail

Similar Products Used: Walnut creek, Big Levels and Elkhorn lake
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
willee51   Cross Country Rider [Apr 09, 2004]

Panarama Trails, Charlottesville, Va. First time on this trail today, for this 57 y.o. fellow! It was a 180 mile round trip for me to get there and yes I paid $8 for the priviledge! I loved the area, the single-track trail set-up, etc., etc. Was it worth the travel time and the $8, YES! Will I go back, YES! Will I carry friends next time, YES!

Customer Service

See their web site for directions! Easy to find.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Josh Banks   Racer [Nov 14, 2003]

This place sucks!!!! The owner is a jackass and the trail system is uneventful. Save your 8 bucks, get a great ride at Walnut Creek and take the lady out to dinner. You will have a much better time.

Customer Service

Don't ride here.

Similar Products Used: Walnut and Sherando.
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RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
3
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