Fountainhead - TRAIL

Fountainhead - Trail, Fairfax County, Virginia

Go ride this trail. I rode it for the first time and it rules. Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts (MORE) built this trail. Without getting creative, I rode 1 loop of seven miles of singletrack. This is real singletrack - no overgrown doubletrack, no fireroad, no pavement - just sweet sweet singletrack. It kicked my ass. It is set up to ride one way so you don't worry about killing people on blind corners and there are NO HORSES ALLOWED!! I'm sure if you ride it every day it could get easier, but I got whooped. It rides like a mix of Avalon and Loch Raven. None of the climbs are unrideable, but I walked a few. If you think you rule and that this is easy, ride faster. Go to this trail and give MORE huge props for a real trail.

User Reviews (47)

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Fun Dude   Weekend Warrior [Sep 21, 2015]

I've ridden this trail many, many times. Honestly I'm not a big fan of it but it is close and I know I'm the minority. If you like to get your teeth and spine constantly jarred and like to ride on the edge, then go for it. I ride the blue trail mostly. I've found it to be all rocks and roots, very little singletrack where you can just climb or roll without hitting a minefield of rocks or roots or both. I also don't trust it. There are many places where you get a little speed, shoot down a hill only to find a sharp stump sticking out at the bottom of the dip just waiting to throw you off your bike or puncture your tire at the least. Or come around a corner which is sloped on the other side with some roots sticking out and a nice 10' drop if you miss the turn or have your tires slip out on the roots that run with the trail instead of across it (even on the green trail). There are numerous bridges that they have built, but some are very narrow with a drop anywhere from 3' - 6' off the sides, leaving no room for error. It's very normal to see ambulances taking folks out of the woods.
The green is actually pretty difficult with some steep and long climbs and some corners and hills which will make you grab your handlebars tight. The blue has a LOT of switchbacks and is so root bound and with rock minefields it sort of takes the fun out of it.

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2
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4
voodoo-1   Weekend Warrior [May 05, 2014]

I don't know when they opened up the new black trail, but it's MUCH better than it had been previously (variety, skill, and flow). The last time I went, I skipped the best loop (it was hot, hadn't ridden in a while, and it wasn't technical at all. . . just annoyingly bumpy). Now, that black loop has some great jumps, drops, and some nice single track (like 1 foot wide in spots. . . but it's fun, and makes you enjoy being out there).

My only issue with Fountainhead is that I have no idea where I am with regard to the big picture. If I get injured, or break something, is an easy way out? (it would be nice to know if there is a fire-road quick exit vs having to bike out 5 miles . . .if there isn't, there should be).

It's well maintained, and a lot of fun. The gate to the black area isn't a good representation to what the rest of the trail contains. I've yet to see anyone ride up the first part successfully. . . but once you're past that little wooden boardwalk turn, it's easier. . . but still, if you don't know what you're doing, you probably shouldn't continue (my XXL 29er does have the turning radius of a school bus, so making sharp switchback turns going up hill is a bit challenging.).

I wish it had a public workstand near the entrance, and a bike cleaning station (to wash the dust/dirt off before heading home). But guess it's not the Whistler bike park, it's Fountainhead.


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5
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3
Cptjack   Weekend Warrior [Dec 26, 2013]

Fountainhead may be the best man made trail I have ever ridden. Kudos to the people who built it - I gave them 75 bucks... Unfortunately, it is very hard to sue the state for falling off a cliff but very easy to sue falling from a man made object. I predict a 23 yo med student with a bright future and big lawyer dad sustaining a c3 burst fracture on that beginning of the black trail part, then our fun will be over. I pray I am wrong

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5
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4
hawkdog   Weekend Warrior [Dec 23, 2013]

Rode Fountainhead last Saturday during the December heat wave. Some guys were out working on building up the Black trail, and I had the pleasure of riding the new sections that were open. What they've done so far is phenomenal!!! It is definitely a big step up in technicality from anything on the green or blue, but it's exactly what Fountainhead needs - some longer, rockier, and steeper climbs to challenge a skilled rider. Keep up the great work guys - you are taking an already great place to ride to the next level!!!

Customer Service

The whole thing....green/blue/black.

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5
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3
scorchedearth   Cross Country Rider [Jul 18, 2012]

Fountainhead is easily the best cross country trail I've had the pleasure of riding. It is like riding a roller coaster through the woods. Up, down, jump, berm, jump, rocks, roots, skinny, and on and on.

For me, it is almost perfect. It is sufficiently technical to keep me interested but not ridiculous such that my bike can't handle the trail.

I come here at least once a month and leave with a big smile on my face - as well as an elevated heart rate.

Customer Service

It is a one way trail. The first two loops are the easiest. The back side is quite technical. If you don't want tech, don't cross the bridge at the picnic tables.

Similar Products Used: Patapsco, Laurel Hill, Accotink, Wakefield
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5
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4
Broken arrow   Racer [May 11, 2012]

What a surprise! Fountainhead has been upgraded. I must give maximum support to MORE; job well done. The Fountainhead Trails have been refurbished to IMBA grade. They are now the top trails in the NOVA area. If you ride Fountainhead, you will be provided a little taste of Bend, OR. Bottom line. Fountainhead Regional Park provides the best MTB single track within one hours drive

Customer Service

Only one route....easily marked.

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5
VALUE
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3
Orange Jeep   Cross Country Rider [Apr 26, 2012]

You have to rate this trail for what and where it is. We are not in the mountains with epic climbs, rock gardens, DHs, or views. But you can't beat it in Nova. Period. Is it hard for an experienced biker? No. On a good day I can do all the loops in a little over one hour with no stops and maybe a dab or two. Is it a good workout? Yes. If you are not winded...uh...go faster. Is it fun. Hell yeah. MORE has done an amazing job making this trail fun even if it's fairly easy. Huge props to MORE. Thanks for a great local trail that I don't have to drive 2-4 hours to get to.

Customer Service

If you are a beginner, do the first couple of loops that have been redone. If you have some experience just do all the loops.

Similar Products Used: Recommend...tough call, this is Nova after all. Wakefield is ok. Go to West VA for some great rides.
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4
VALUE
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3
Tom   Downhiller [Apr 24, 2012]

Sick trail. All comments prior to Dec 2011 should be ignored since this trail looks nothing like it used to. Heres a video of mine that I made this year with some clips I took during my second ride out there since the renovations.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hb4yhZDwIBs

Customer Service

I think the first and second loop are the most fun with the drops, large radius huge berms, small jumps and rollers, and wooden bridges. The first two loops are also the easiest (have the easiest climbs).

Similar Products Used: Two other trails that I suggest in the same area (NOVA) are the Wakefield/Accotink and Difficult Run/Lake Fairfax/Colt's Neck trail networks.
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5
VALUE
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4
dkballentine2   Cross Country Rider [Mar 14, 2012]

I first rode Fountainhead in 1997 and was thrilled to have such a place to ride so close to home. It was always a challenge. Over the years MORE and Fairfax County have done well by expanding and maintaining the trail. It has been 6 months since I've ridden Fountainhead Mountainbike Trail due to an illness. Today was a shocker. My understanding of the new "Fountainhead" project was to have three grades of difficulty: beginner, intermediate and expert. The deeper you go into the trail the harder it would become. I kept waiting for the expert part to show up but it never did. On the positive side it was a good workout. The one word description that got stuck in my mind on the way home was that Fountainhead Mountainbike Trail had become "Suburbanized". Well, back to the long drive and George Washington National Park. Everything has its' place, Doug

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3
VALUE
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3
ravelm3nt   Weekend Warrior [Feb 26, 2012]

This trail was recently redone. It is now very fast and flowy with a lot of banked turns. They have also added some decent sized jumps and one drop off, along with a small network of skinnys.

Personally, I feel that these upgrades have made this trail the best in the area (conway robinson, wakefield, laurel hill, difficult run/lake fairfax). It's still challenging enough that you get a workout but it's so much fun! I finally have a place close to home where I can work on the skills that I have always wanted to cultivate. I look forward to the weekend so much more now!

Customer Service

I believe that the total distance for this trail is around 16 miles. There are three loops. The farthest loop supposedly retains the more natural trail style that this trail has been known for. I tend to prefer the first two loops as they are the ones that incorporate new school trail features.

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RATING
5
VALUE
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4
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