Ipswitch - TRAIL

Ipswitch - Trail, Chesapeake, Virginia

Ipswitch can be hard to get around without someone who knows a good "loop", there are as many loops as riders there. It is an excellent ride to hone those singletrack skills, or as we like to call it, to gain the "ipswitch advantage". Trail is a flat, sandy, extremely tight singletrack, if you think its to easy, you are not riding fast enough! Ive seen a lot of injuries and broken bike parts there from slamming into trees. Basically, the trail is broken down into a front and a back half, each about 2 miles in lenght, best bet is to spend a few hours riding around to orient yourself to the maze. Find a rider that looks like they know the trail and follow em'! Watch out for the BMX kids, they have set up a series of jumps, doubles, etc there on the fire-road like sections that connect the singletrack, dont get in there way and they wont get in yours, take a rest and watch em' catch some air. Night riding there is a blast, agaom. watch those trees! And lasty, be carefull, watch yourself as a "bad" element has occasionally been known to hang out in the woods there. Have fun!

User Reviews (42)

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Chris   Weekend Warrior [Feb 12, 2017]

I found this trail online while searching for a trail that my family of beginners could ride with me and we would all have fun. I can say that this trail is a fun maze of not too technical single track that is pretty well maintained even with the heavy leaves in some sections it was not too much for my son(12) to plow through. Someone has even marked a pretty good counterclockwise loop with blue painted arrows so it makes it fun and not to challenging to navigate. There are some slight uphill sprints a few drops, logs to hop and more than a few bridges ranging from narrow to wide. There's even a few areas to stop and birdwatch as it is a shared nature trail for a few sections. Watch for other riders, young and old, the occasional hiker and dog and you'll be fine. It's a great trail to work confidence and become a faster rider as the obstacles aren't too challenging. I am going to try for a night ride here shortly.

Customer Service

I'd stay counterclockwise to learn the trail and to keep the traffic patterns consistent and throw in a few side loops to hit the obstacles in between that you want once you find where they are.

Similar Products Used: Not yet...
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3
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1
Tyrantozcar   Weekend Warrior [Jun 26, 2012]

The best part about the "Switch" is the amount of random intercrossing trails. Sure it isn't the most advanced technical park with tons of downhill or climb, but IRP is the kind of place where you have a blank canvas to make your own fun. You can mix up your route everytime and once you get a good lay of the land, there are a ton of places where speed makes everything so much better. I spend a couple of hours a day 2-3 days a week there just getting lost in the singletrack and my headphones. Perfect escape from society right in the midst of the city.

Customer Service

Start from Rokeby and stay right ALL THE WAY till you hit the back door of the park, then spend an hour or so just running amok in the twisted singletrack. Repeat. Enjoy.

Similar Products Used: Harwood Mills, Freedom Park
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5
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2
Jared   Cross Country Rider [Aug 21, 2011]

I've been riding a bunch of trails in the Hampton Roads area and saw this on another website and figured I'd give it a try since it was closer to my house. As far as I know the EVMA has just started maintaining the trails so they may be getting better soon. The trails were not overgrown and seemed well maintained. This is in a residential neighborhood so I think a lot of the kids go back there and hang out and cause mischief. There was some trash scattered about, but none on the trails. The trails were not well marked at all so it's pretty much a free for all on the route you want to take which can be frustrating and you end up going in circles. There were some wood obstacles setup, but not near as many as I thought there would be. There is a BMX jump track that looks like it was very recently worked on and had many large well groomed jumps and landings. This track was only made for very expert riders as some of the jumps looked like they could launch you up to 20 feet in the air or maybe more. There was also a lot of gaps and large holes in the area of the jumps so be careful. I also observed some characters back by the jumps without bikes and it was questionable what they were up to. I didn't have any problems with them, but I didn't directly approach them either.
Overall this trail was just OK, not very challenging aerobically, no steep climbs, a few fun obstacles and bridges, and a very disorganized system. I think I played around back there for about 2 hours and explored almost every trail and connection. Fairly boring for a singletrack and I'll probably ride somewhere else for now.

Similar Products Used: Freedom Park, Lake Maury, York River Park, Harwood's Mill, James River Loop in Richmond,
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2
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2
Markapuu   Cross Country Rider [Apr 09, 2011]

I actually rode this trail about 14 years ago, but then moved away. Back then it was just called Ipswich (it's now Indian River Park as noted in previous reviews) and it was well-known for people being held up at gunpoint for their bikes by the thugs/gangsta's/leeches of society living in the surrounding neighborhoods. I moved back to the area about a year ago and got another bike, and decided to try it out after work. I parked in the grass area off of Rokeby Road and proceeded onto the trail(s). I had planned on just doing one side on the main trail, but it was poorly marked and I found myself just peddling around trying not to get lost too badly. Within the first 30 secs I took a path that lead to nowhere. I dismounted and walked through the mud and muck trying to pick up the main trail again getting my ankles all scratched up on thorn bushes. When I picked it up, I pissed off this 40 or 50-something year old couple making out because I had already interrupted them going the other way. I made it to the other side of the park, and basically had to continue around to make it back to the car. I just did one loop since I was by myself and it was basically my first time here in years. I also avoided some of the more difficult obstacles (narrow bridge, steep drops over roots, logs, jumps etc.) until I can get a feel for riding a bike offroad again. Overall, not too bad, but I was taking it easy. Probably would have been more fun if I didn't have to worry about not getting lost. I didn't see any other mountain bikers, just some BMX riders working on some of the jumps and some little kid on his bike with his mom alongside. It was a lot shorter/smaller than I had remembered/expected. I'll be riding this one pretty regularly since it's the closest trail to home, but wouldn't recommend traveling more than 30-45 mins to get here. Eventually I plan on heading over to the other side of the water to check out the trails there. Gave it a "1" for aerobic difficulty, because I wasn't tired when I was done (but maybe that's because I run also).

Similar Products Used: There really aren't any other trails in the area. There's First Landing, but the fun part of the Cape Henry trail is less than a mile long. The Dismal Swamp Canal Trail is just a paved road closed to vehicular traffic. The best trails are on the Peninsula (Newport News, Williamsburg, Yorktown, etc).
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3
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1
ValhallaGSXR   Weekend Warrior [Apr 19, 2010]

This was my first time at the trail. for a first timer with nobody to show me around it wasnt too bad. several options for paths, everything from tight turns, to creek crossings and a few slight climbs. I had two other friends with me, they were also new to the trail so we pushed each other to go faster on the righter trails. decent workout, spent about 2 hours there trying out different loops. the BMX area looked fun, too bad it appears that someone went in and tore out all the good tabletops.

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3
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3
BlkDragon   Cross Country Rider [Mar 22, 2010]

Location of this trail/trailhead is off from what the map shows up top -IMO the best trailhead is Paramount road at the Southside of the park. Plenty of loops and little loops to find some technical workout on, couple man-made obsticles, and a BMX section. Loops are confusing the first couple times out (and VERY poorly marked) but will still provide some variation with all the little spurs/cut-offs through the woods.

Fun overall with some fast spots going straight into tight, technical areas, but the park needs some TLC from a local group to get the trash picked up and better mark the trails. Has the potential as one of the only spots close to the southside of hampton roads.

Customer Service

Ride several times at an exploratory pace to learn the area - then you can pick it up and have fun. Start with the south side, then explore into the north end of the park. 2 for aerobic and 3 for technical (obsticle combination/teeter) unless you're really ripping it...

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4
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2
andrew.barry   Weekend Warrior [May 18, 2008]

Took a while to find, BETTER directions to main trailhead (there are multiple secondary) is take Indian River Road exit west off I64. Go about .3 miles to Level Green Blvd @ Texaco Station. Follow .9 miles to Drew Drive (left turn) for .6 miles, trail head is marked with park sign immediately after crossing Chesapeake / Va Beach city line on the right.

Trail is a crazy network of single track through wooded area with a little double track. Would recommend a casual pace first time through to figure out the layout. There are BMX jumps everywhere, some pretty extreme, some major drop offs too if you didn't know where they were. About 4-5 teeters, and a few assorted obstacles scattered throughout. Lots of fun once you get your bearings and can pick up the pace. Some of the single track gets pretty narrow and is a little overgrown off the beaten path. There is a sort of central area for the BMX stuff. It had rained and some of the low laying areas were a little wet and jumps ended up in small 6 inch ponds.

The park is divided by power lines and continues on the North Side of the clearing -- this where the other main entrance is (off Rokeby Ave). More trails along the same lines.

There is a bunch of junk scattered around throughout -- looks like kids (BMXers) don't follow the "leave only your footprints (tread marks)" motto.

Overall fun ride once you know where you are. Not sure how crowded it gets with the kids around riding. Have fun! Shared trail with runners also.

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3
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1
vanstelp   Cross Country Rider [Apr 11, 2008]

I visited this trail for the first time the other day. It was after a long rainy spell, so there was a lot of standing water. The trail was still somewhat fun to ride on regardless. On one side of the trails you have a descent route to take for beginners or if you just want to check out the BMX racers. On the other side you have a few more technical areas for you to try your skills on. I was really sad to see all the garbage everywhere though. From shopping carts left in the ravines to coke cans and bottles left around by people. Another thing that's somewhat frustrating, and that I don't really care too much for, is the trail layout. It took me 30 minutes to figure out where I needed to go in order to find my way back to the vehicle. There really isn't any set paths which eventually takes away from the fun of riding and makes you concentrate on the direction you are going. Overall, I think that I would go back since it is so close and it allows for some descent practice.

Customer Service

Stay to the right going all the way through for your firs time. You can get a sense of the perimeter. Once you can understand this layout, then try going for the other interconnecting trails.

Similar Products Used: Hardwood Mills Park
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3
VALUE
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3
navyguy   Weekend Warrior [Apr 05, 2008]

This is a great trail for the area. I've been riding ipswitch for a few months now and I still see something new every time. It does lack drops, or advanced obstacles. Which is why my friends and I just built a pretty large drop and teeter. It's definitely not for the inexperienced, you have to be able to ride burms steep climbs drops and teeters in order to conquer my creation. Check it out on my myspace myspace.com/navyguy0403

Customer Service

My friends and I start off at the man made obstacles just before the main entrance. Then we work our way toward the bmx jumps, where we spend some time tooling around. Then just continue clockwise around the whole park.

Similar Products Used: York River State Park is the only other trail I've been to in VA, and it's great.
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4
VALUE
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3
bikerkid91   Downhiller [Dec 23, 2007]

From the point of view a hardtail dirt jumper this trail is excellent from beginners to advanced riders. In the begginer section there is a small jump followed by medium table top very easy for any beginning dirt jumper. These jumps are new because the old begginner lines got bulldozed by the city but if you case em and take out some dirt try to fix it there is usually a shovel just laying around. there is a digger line called 264 with good flow and smooth trannies but i wouldnt recomend going after a rai nto try and jump because the trannies are filed with mud and water. The last time i was there new building on the boneyard (set of jumps parallel to 264) has almost been completed and it looks amazing, im talking professional grade jumps so smooth and squared off at the top very impressed. Other wise the park has fairly nice singletrack with the odd obstacle you might find such as a see saw or whatever. Nice to place to go if you live in hampton roads that has few good trails and your looking for a more agressive trail.







Customer Service

if you want to get to the jumps quick coming down military take your first right after providence then after that take another right onto miller i belive and that ends in a court with the entrance at the end.

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5
VALUE
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3
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