Pocahontas State Park - Trail, Chester, Virginia

Pocahontas State Park - Trail, Chester, Virginia

DESCRIPTION

there are some main trails. but when you find the singles it is really awsome. they have easy, dificult, and most dificult. very fun. not good to ride if it is wet because of roots. the most diff. has tons of huge dips, like giant ditches. at least 6 to 7 feet deep. great stuff. can't wait to drive. that would be the first place to go with my friends. not the mall.

USER REVIEWS

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[Nov 04, 2011]
EricE
Cross Country Rider

Lakeview Mtn Bike Trail : Blue Loop One

The first loop is a fun, quick ride with continuous low elevation rises and drops. I left my gps at home so didn't get the total elevation for it. The trail is 3.7 miles. A few small roots, a couple of small tree trunks, some wood bridges, one stream crossing. It winds around clockwise and the local park maps aren't very good, but because the trail gets close to the river twice it is fine to get bearings. The trail is very well maintained with downed trees chainsawed and cleared away. There was one walk around downed tree. A good starter loop for a quick, fast ride. Great fun for me being away from the sport for several years, and my gal whom is brand new to the sport. It was exciting and awakened her to what the sport can offer. She rode a flat pedal hard tail and was fine. Can't wait to try out the second and third loops farther down.

Customer Service

We entered by biking all the way down the RV Camping area and if you go this way its a paved downhill to a well maintained bathroom with running water as opposed to the port-o-potty at the park entrance parking. When down there enter the trail at RV Spot 100 and follow the signs. The maps don't really guide it and the blue trail shoots off to the left with a 10 mile marker. Alternately if you don't need a full pit stop, you can ride down the road perpendicular to the info center and enter the trail about 2/3 of the way through and continue on the loop by hanging a left.

offshoots of this trail have red (difficult) markings but was not identifiable on the park map. Initially I thought it was the 2nd loop of the Blue Trail but this was marked later followed by the exit just past it with a no entry sign.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Oct 08, 2010]
NomadF-14
Cross Country Rider

Not bad... I have lived in VA Beach for the last 12 years and have pretty much stuck w/ York River, Freedom and New Quarter as my "local" riding destinations. I just rode all of the trails at Pocahontas today for the first time (I'm pretty sure that I hit all of them anyway - both the old and new singletrek ares including "Lakeview - Too"). The terrain makes for some nice climbs and descents. The older singletrek red and blue were definitely my least favorite due primarily to overall flow. IMO, the newer trails down by the lake flow MUCH better. The mild freeride on the old red trail has potential but is in desparate need of repair (sorry - I'm too far away to help build..)

Customer Service

Depending on what you're looking for: The old 'green' loop is relatively flat but fast hard pack and very clear, would be great for someone not THAT in to the sport (wife, girlfriend or kids just learning to ride). The newr trails were great for just a nice somewhat extended portion. The older blue and red stuff just zig zags around but there were still some fun dips, one long skinny, and a few small jumps.

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For a solid workout - York River. If you like an excuse to break out the big bike - Freedom (Mike, Calvin and the boys have built some great stuff - drops, gaps, skinnies, tables, and a few things I don't know what to call...). New Quarter is just a nice relaxing ride...

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 14, 2010]
DavidR1
Racer

Awesome trail system that really has something for everybody. With almost 25 miles of single track, this system is bound to entertain you for at least a day. Then add the over 50 miles of fire road, great for a cross bike makes this system of trails really the best in the area.

The old trails (box turtle, tall oak, and moral ravine) are nice and tight. This well worn trail is a bunch of fun. Lil WVA is in the middle of tall oaks and adds some tachnical challenge to the trail system. The Lakeview trails have a very nice flow to them and will certainly challenge your fitness when combined with the old trail system.

The climbs throughout the park are short, with varying degrees of grade. Nothing to challenging here.

Customer Service

I recommend parking in the Qualla lot and hitting the old trail system first. Then head over to the Lakeview trails. In between the two systems is the Heritage Center that has a bathroom, and more importantly, water can be had here.

Once you get back to the Qualla lot, you will have done around 32 miles in for a nice workout.

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James River Park System, Poor Farm, Powhite, Scout Camp, Hilbert

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Dec 09, 2009]
bluelight13
Weekend Warrior

Was alot of fun. The first two outer trails were relatively easy, a few short climbs but nothing lung busting. Went with a couple buddys and had a blast on the lil West Virginia i.e. stunt trail. Wasn't very flowy but we had fun attempting the obstacles (and crashing a few times in the process). Looking forward to a return trip

Customer Service

Any of the singletrack trails

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Poor Farm Park

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 21, 2009]
moutnbiker
Weekend Warrior

this is a review for the 3 main MTB trail at Poca State Park. The Green trail (box turtle) was really fast. Relatively flat with really good flow with some short climbs and descents and some fast swoopy turn thrown in for good measure. Great for a warm up to get ready for the blue trail.

The blue trail (Tall Oaks) is the best of the 3 trails, it has tons of flow with lots of twisty turns climbs and good descents. This trail also fast, just not as fast a the green trial. Great trail, had a blast on it.

The double red (lil West Va.) was for me a HUGE disappointment. The trail was in need of some major repair. some of the stunts were falling apart. There was absolutely ZERO flow to this trail, some of the stunts had no transition for the turn, there was a couple uphill rock gardens, which i dont think i have ever seen a uphill RG. I use to race DH so i can handle some stunts but this trail in my opinion was just CRAP! It really needs to be redesigned.

for a better look at the trails check out http://www.gpstrailsource.com/Maps.aspx?MapID=8

try to go here when its not so darn hot with 110% humidity

Similar Products Used:

freedom park and New 1/4 park in Williamsburg.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 14, 2008]
peeler
Weekend Warrior

The trail system has been up-date with some reroutes and new sections on Lakeveiw( there are now 3 different Lakeveiws) for a total of about 15 miles, and the Lil Wva section as had mileage added plus some more tecchnical stuff added

Customer Service

Depending on how much you want to ride, I would do the Lil Wva and other red trail( both are technical)(red and double red) before the Lakeveiws, or do the lakeveiws and if you still have time/or energy do the Tall oaks( blue) trail, box turtle( green) trails.

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Buttermilk, poorfarm, powhite park

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jan 19, 2008]
Jared
Weekend Warrior

I'm a little partial to this trail because it's just down the road, and I've helped build a little. However, there has been a lot of building activity recently. The trails range from easy (green), intermediate (blue), tough (red), to technical (double red), and the Lakeview trails (two long intermediate-ish trails with red trail off-shoots). Riding all the singletrack trails would consume most of your day.
Lakeview III will hopefully open around May. The builders are always looking for volunteers (which I should personally do more of) at cyclingcentralva dot org.
This is the only trail system in the area that really feels like you're in the wild, not the city. In fact, it's not uncommon to have deer walk within several feet of you. Definitely worth the day trip.

Customer Service

The new double red (just opened about a month ago)now has a roller-coaster, teeter-totter, log ride (over a five+ foot ravine), large downed logs, and tall/steep log-piles. It's probably not British Columbia technical, but it should get your adrenaline flowing and your heart-rate up. You might want to wear pads, and use a bash guard.

If you're just going to ride one trail, Lakeview I and II will have you leaving better than content. The whole loop is over 10 miles with a good mix of trail features. The hills are off-canter with roots that will kick your back wheel out. The red off-shoots will give you a taste of technical/fun. By the end of the trail you will have burnt off all the beer you drank the night before.

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Buttermilk, North Shore, Poor Farm, Forest Hill.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Oct 11, 2007]
Rockhard
Weekend Warrior

I just started riding these trails and love the overall layout. The green & blue trails have some fun descents and some leg burners for uphills. The red trail(Little West VA) is fun even for more novice riders such as myself to get a taste of whats to come in later stages of riding. The table tops, log crossings & half pipe sections are great for more experienced riders but were a little too advanced for my fairly new skills. The only negative comment would be that the track turns are very close together but is understandable with trying to get as much space out of a limited area. Great trails for all riding abilities.

Customer Service

Novice & Amateurs= Green & Blue
Advanced & Expert= Red

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Belle Isle in Richmond, VA

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Feb 09, 2007]
Taylor Lyne
Racer

Give alot of thanks to the crew that buil the Lake view trails. Just did the Lake View II. Todays ride 30 degrees with frozen ground. This was a blast. I enjoyed the dare you log crossing and the rock face. With thes new trais there sound be about 15 miles of single track. Hope there will be a loop all the way around the lake at one point. Would also love to see a 24hr race there.

Customer Service

Warm up with the old loops the hit Lake view loops.

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Richmod

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 14, 2007]
sf3291
Weekend Warrior

I have ridden Pocahontas twice. I really like the "little west virginia" section. Nice tech stuff there...not too crazy, not too easy. The lakeside trail...well, the technical offshoots were fun...can't imagine all of the back breaking work that went into making them. But, for me, the lakeside trail was mostly boring except for the short offshoots.

The trail system here doesn't have any lung busting climbs that I have seen..thus my aerobic rating of only 3...though if you ride with some fast folks as I did...it can easily be a 5. Tech rating...well, nothing here too scary, just fun...and it certainly is nice to ride something that isn't just pure XC. I am giving it a 4 for tech just becasue there isn't a whole lot of tech anywhere else nearby and by default is the most technically challenging/fun (at least the little west va portion) that is within a 2.5 hour drive of the tidewater (Hampton/Norfolk/Va Beach) area. Overall, I give it a 5 becasue you can certainly have some fun without the typcial 2-3 hour lung busting climb for 15 minutes of fun.

Customer Service

If you can find a local, as them which one is the "little west virgnia" section. I can't remember how we found it, but if you ride here...you gotta ride that section.

Similar Products Used:

Buttermilk

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
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