Wakefield Park - TRAIL

Wakefield Park - Trail, Fairfax, Virginia

Awsome, very rough, lots of jumps, little uphill, great trails

User Reviews (71)

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fesch   Weekend Warrior [Jul 31, 2009]

Over 12 miles of trails. There are trails that stay in the trees and a few that are under the power lines. The creek trail follows Accotink Creek through the park and is beautiful when the blue bells are in bloom. I prefer the bowl area behind the softball fields as it has logs and short climbs and some swoopy trail. Trails that descend from the power tower are nice as well. You can go down banked S curves, take a trail that pops into the woods and allows you to cruise through the woods or sweat on trails that parallel the power line. The short trails near the tennis courts are fun too. Wakefield is well maintained, but it gets lots of use and some trails are a mix of armored sections and mud holes - Salamander gets this way too often. Wakefield has a lot of fun trails.

Customer Service

I suggest getting to the hill with the power tower and choosing your trail.

Similar Products Used: Accotink is Wakefield's rustic brother.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
cdascott   Weekend Warrior [Jun 17, 2009]

This is a terrific, but exceptionally challenging trail. MORE has obviously put in some time on Wakefield and it shows - there are some brilliant banked turns, plenty of markers and a good variety of terrain and pace. With that said, as a relative novice I found the trail challenging - rock gardens and tight twists at the bridges kept me from maintaining much speed, even if it's relatively flat, and I also managed to lose my way a couple times. Still, a great trail, easy to get to, well worth a ride for beginner or expert.

Customer Service

Follow the road to the recreation center and park by the recycle bins. Take the fire road behind these for a ways until you see the power station; from here you can go down to the left or carry on right to the single track on the right.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
Johnny No.5   Racer [Jul 06, 2008]

This place is the poop if you like jumping! The rhythm sections range from a little loop run over tabletops to hitting some of the biggest doubles i've seen. the dual-slalom course is fast and hairy. Hopefully by the end of the summer i'll have the balls to hit the "browns" but if not, it's still a blast.

Customer Service

Find the jumps and stay there!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
iammike   Cross Country Rider [Apr 17, 2008]

Hadn't been to Wakefield in probably 6-7 years (college, starting a career, etc), but decided to venture back one Wednesday afternoon. The work that has gone in to the trail since then is pretty incredible. There's a great berm trail at the top of the powerlines, there is a newly developed section with rock gardens, bridges, and well-developed cambered corners... I only spent about an hour as I was trying to reserve some energy for when a friend arrived (he didn't, so sad), but one could easily spend 2 hours at a time without getting bored. Tack on Accotink right across the way and you've got the absolute best weeknight riding in the DC Area.

MY RATING COMMENTS
Aerobic: it simply isn't that tough. No extended climbs, relatively low speeds.
Technical: I didn't come off my bike once and I haven't really ridden (minus commuting) in 3-4 years.
Overall: I reserve 5 for something that is perfect. To be perfect, a trail must be in the mountains or be something I'd travel hours for. Huge props to the people who have worked on the park, though, I hope to start riding there weekly (any chance somebody could remedy the traffic on 50 from Arlington?).

Customer Service

Head back past the tennis courts towards the power lines... I mostly played around on the yellow trail and the new section, which is pretty much at the back of the park, but next to the power line field.

Similar Products Used: Accotink, Fountainhead.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
oldskoolbiker   Downhiller [Mar 24, 2008]

I would have to rate Wakefield park as the best place to Mountain bike in Northern VA. Who would expect mountain bike heaven right off the Capital Beltway. Anyway, first I would say don't pay attention to any reviews older than like a year. This place is constantly evolving. The last two years the county working with the local bike club MORE, hired IMBA to build trails. Last year they put in a huge berm trail that is downhill with about 10 6ft high berms. This year they added about two miles of trails with rock gardens and nice bermed turns.

The park isn't that big, but they have made the most of the space. Basically mountain bike trails are everywhere, twisting all around the park. I would guess within the limits of the park there are about 10 miles of trails, but at any given moment you are at most about 1 mile from the parking lot.

As far as the difficulty of the trails, there are no major climbs or major downhills. The single track can be technical in some areas with logs, rock gardens, berms. There are a few large logs, couple of log rides, and other technical features. These all have go arounds for less skilled riders. There are no real advanced features like skinny's, drops or teeters.

Total beginners can do a loop with not much climbing or technical features, other than logs, to get their first taste of singletrack.

Advanced riders will keep entertained by the flowing singletrack which can be ridden quite fast without long climbs to slow you down. And if you want to kick it up a notch. The park allows night riding on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday until 10:30PM.

Customer Service

Park near the recycle bins in the parking lot of the RECenter. Head out the dirt road and you will see the the trails. Just start riding. You can follow the Yellow arrows for about a 5 mile loop, or just ride trails are everywhere.

Similar Products Used: Accotink trails nearby and can be ridden to from Wakefield via the CCT trail. There is another 5+ miles of singletrack there, which is a little more advanced than the trails at Wakefield.

Fountainhead is about 25min south of Wakefield, and is a 8 mile loop. Fountainhead has much more climbing than Wakefield, and the trails aren't as beginner friendly.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
mtnpat   Weekend Warrior [May 14, 2007]

I had the chance to ride here last Saturday....I don't live in the area so hadn't ridden at Wakefield in several years. What I found was very different than what I remember, I must say I emjoyed it a lot. Nice work MORE, etc. Great for a rigid singlespeed.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Isaac   Weekend Warrior [May 04, 2007]

Flow, this trail is about keeping flow on the climbs and descents. Nothing too challenging at all, but it is a whole lot of fun. You may hear that this course is too easy and no fun, and to those people I say go faster.

Beginners will really enjoy this trail, as it will scare the crap out of them, but there is really nothing to fall on. Not too many loose off camber, steep cornes on this trail.

If you only like rocky & rooty trails, this is not for you.

Check out the new berm section, it is really a whole lot of fun.

Customer Service

I just loop, and loop when I go.

Similar Products Used: If you are into this trail you will really like Schaffer Farm.

I did not give it a 5 because I prefer rocky and rooty,
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
Robert Miller   Cross Country Rider [Apr 05, 2007]

This is an awesome trail!!! i live about 10 min away from here and its great! I ride it usually once a day. There are many diffrent types of trails you can do for all skill levels i consider myself a XC rider who loves a good hard ride and a nice downhiill and here you can get plenty of both.

The park recently had a new up and down hill section put in and its awesome the up hill is full of turns and will have you breathing hard at the top. and the down hill is a nice bowl section where you can keep a fast pace and really carve and have fun.

If you live near the northern virginia area this is definatly a place you should go and ride with trails for every kind of rider!

Customer Service

I like the trails near the powerlines, as well as the new up and down hill section facing the powerstation.

Similar Products Used: The Accotink trail isnt bad if your looking for a more casual ride, its about 4.5 - 5 miles around a lake. It also has some MTB trails but most have to much errosion.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
moto-ufo   Cross Country Rider [Aug 05, 2006]

(Well I had about 3 paragraphs about what I thought of this place but I clicked on and icon here and lost it all!)

Quick summary:
If you're in the mood to get out and go for a good ride for a couple hours and just enjoy being on your bike and have some fun, then this is the place for you. If you're in the mood for crazy, gnarly terrain that will push you and your bike to your limits, then the the Wakefield trail system may not be for you. Then again, maybe there's some really technical, challenging stuff but I don't know about it.

Overall, outstanding place to ride. Very diverse terrain, good elevation changes, well marked and well kept. So glad it's so close to where I live. I'll be riding there after work and looking forward to trying some night riding around there too.

Customer Service

Don't know the place well enough yet.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
pcolon1   Cross Country Rider [Nov 21, 2005]

Not very technical and not too challenging, Wakefield is just flat out fun. I like the powerline trail the best which hits some pretty awesome turns and steep mounds. I'm not aware that there is a direction in wakefield. I've seen the same amount of bikers going both ways. Like the reviewer before me just tell them you don't care if someone tries to yell at you. It's fun both ways. Theres also a trail along the creek on the west side of the park and another one on southeast side that heads into the woods. Many creek crossings. Alot of fun.

Customer Service

For a great cross country ride, Park at Wakefield. Take the trail on the southern part of the first parking lot to a multitrack trail. Head to the underpass under Braddock road and follow the trail around Accotink lake clockwise. Follow the signs to the Marina. Go over the dam and up the steep hill. Head over a small bridge and you will see the end of the trail ahead. Go right. Head trough the cut and the trailhead will be on the left after a steep drop on your right. Go on the foxtrot trail, follow it back to the small brige. Head back the way you came. After you get to the underpass, keep left and head into Wakefield Park and hit the powerline trail. Then head back to the parking lot. The whole thing is about 7 or 8 miles. A great cross country ride if you can't leave fairfax county.

Similar Products Used: Fountainhead, Accotink
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
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