Rappahannock Ridge - Trail, Fredericksburg, Virginia

Rappahannock Ridge - Trail, Fredericksburg, Virginia

DESCRIPTION

Take 95 south or north to exit 130 to Culpeper (west). Stay in right lane and make right into Central Park Blvd. Make a right on Fall Hill Avenue. Go about a mile and cross over I-95 then down a windy hill and just at the bottom across a small canal bridge to the right is a gravel lot (Park there). To the left is a gated gravel drive way which is part of Virginia Outdoor Center (Don’t park there). Hop on your bike and cross Fall Hill to the gated drive on the left. Trail head is way down the gated gravel drive about half a mile then go another half mile down the jogging path to an open gavel parking lot and road. Make a right up the gravel road a few meters and trail head is on the right. Stay in granny gear for a very steep ramp climb. Trails consist of 7-8 miles of single-track. Trail is very technical at the beginning until you reach a drainage tunnel taking you under I-95. Trail opens up to a fire road after the tunnel. Stay to the right and becomes single track at the billboard signs. Then veer left into the woods for some moderate down hills and moderate climbs. Stay left throughout the rest of the trail. It dumps you back out at the gravel lot you came in at from the jogging path.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 16, 2014]
Uslynn@yahoo.com
Weekend Warrior

The quarry trails have something for everyone, climbs, creeks, bridges, tight track, tighter turns, sand, roots, and the beautiful scenery. The ridge is just one trail. There is currently construction in front of the VOC center so park at the Sunshine baseball park and ride down. Stay low to ride beginner trails, go up for the Ridge Line, an intermediate trail, or venture to the other side of 95 for advanced trails.
Visit FAMBE.org for trail maps with difficulties. Visit Fatmug.org to see trail conditions and if it is opened or closed due to rain.

Customer Service

From Sunshine park, descend and turn left at the bottom of the hill to enter Monolith (advanced ride). Lots of climbing, narrow bridges and tight turns. You will come to a 4 way intersection, turn left. Go down and around until to come to the 95 tunnel, I recommend you dismount and walk the creek crossing then hop on to ride through the tunnel. Go up and left, keep left and you will be on Epiphany for about 1.5 miles. Not as difficult of climbs, some tight sections with two creek crossings. Head up and up through Pins and Needles until you come to the top where you'll see the billboard. Ride down the road and enter the forest to get to the Ridge Line (intermediate section). Ride the ridge all the way down until you come to the fire pit on the beach trail. Now it is a easy ride out to the USGS trail and out to the quarry. Take the road back top the nasty climb out, back to the park and your car. Enjoy!

Similar Products Used:

Lodi
Ferry Farms
Burke

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 17, 2012]
SuperDuper898
Racer

I'm not sure what the other reviews are all about regarding this trail. It's a seriously bad trail to ride if you don't like danger. There's a section of trail that runs along the top of a quarry - inches from the edge, no barrier, no guardrail, no chance of survival if you slip. In short, don't ride this trail unless you are absolutely ok with dying.

Customer Service

I would not recommend this route to anyone.

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jan 13, 2009]
head
Cross Country Rider

check out FATMUG.org for info on the trails and the folks trying to keep them open and fun.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Aug 24, 2008]
thelandryhat
Weekend Warrior

First off, I am a beginner. Some of this trail is perfect for beginners, but a good portion of it IS NOT. I found this out Saturday when I passed over a small single track bridge, kept left and climbed, climbed and climbed, fell, fell and fell, and nearly broke my hip before I finally decided that I made a big boo boo. I had no idea where I was, and got up to this area of nothing but red dirt and tractors and "Central Park" blocks. I was lost. I went down the hills, which is where I actually flew and landed on my hip. Too much obstacles and climbs if you have no idea how to do it, it is a real pain, no pun intended. Last time I go alone. I hope to find a way to take this trail for a longer period of time, but less climbs and less major obstacles. I will invest in clips and cleats soon to get over those huge logs. But, this trail is right near my apartment, so I will continue to find ways to challenge myself. Anyone in the area who can go with me to show me the way this trail should be taken, please e-mail me at thelandryhat@hotmail

But let me recover first. I have a huge welt and bump on my hip. OUCH!

(Used 2009 Specialized Rockhopper 29er COMP disc)

Customer Service

I wish I knew

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 14, 2008]
Chris442
Weekend Warrior

This is an excellent trail that I really wish I had found years ago. These new directions make it much easier to find. There are plenty of climbs and descents and it is an overall great trail.

One issue that we are going to have on this trail is that it looks like construction or something along this line is beginning just a little bit after you go through the 95 tunnel. I road this trial Tuesday night (8/12/08) and there was a dirt road plowed across two sections of the trail and it ended by blocking a third section. There was a drilling rig sitting on this third section. Not good at all!

Customer Service

Follow the directions as given in the description and you will have a blast!

Similar Products Used:

Lodi Farm - membership required
Poor Farm Park
Burke Farm - membership required
Fountainhead Park
Belle Isle
Quantico MCB

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 07, 2008]
mietus
Weekend Warrior

This really is a challenging trail... a great workout for sure, with enough terrain challenges to test your skills as well. Plus, it's down by the river, so it's pretty scenic...

Compared to Hollywood Farm, it's more technical, and more difficult aerobically.

And, on top of it, you're only a mile or so from Carl's for some post-race carb-replenishment.
2200 Princess Anne St... enjoy!

Customer Service

If you can ride it for the first time right after a race (www.fredevents.org), then there will be a fair number of signs giving you the optimum route.

If not, ride the fire road in and just before you hit the quarry lake, take a left up the hill... when in doubt, stay high until you're ready to go back down to the River and ultimately back to parking.

Similar Products Used:

Richmond, Brown's Island: Love it
Ashland, Poor Farm: Like it
F-Burg, Hollysood/Lodi: Like it
F-Burg, Ferry Farm: o.k.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 07, 2007]
jmalcolm
Cross Country Rider

given the location this trail is a 5. i never get tired of it as there are a good number of technical climbs to work on. in particular the climbs up on either side of the quarry are a ton of fun and give a good sense of accomplishment when completed. there is pretty regular trail building and maintenance going on back there so you're likely to find something new every other month or so

Customer Service

climb the first hill ("1") after you pass the quarry (trail has a left turn you can can take). from there ride the ridge until it drops you back down close to the river. climb right back up for some more fun at stay along towards the top of the ridge. it will eventually drop you back down and loop back to take you on the path that goes back to the quarry

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 07, 2007]
fpdrider
Weekend Warrior

Good general description in the header. You can also enter from the quarry path. Fairly easy up front, moderate climbs and some narrow switchbacks. two creek crossongs can be entertaining depending on the weather. There have been some man-made technical additions:some ramps and high-rides, but i tend to go around them. trail spits out to the river at a rarely-used camp site, then picks back up on some fairly new paths. there are a *lot* of tree trunks and roots, so its not a speed trail. i'm a major newbie and enjoy the ride. my riding partner is fairly advanced and enjoys it as well. wathc for poison ivy! lots of path options and several exits which can make it more/less chalenging depending on how beat up you are at the end! i go once a week for the exercise and fun. i've yet to come across another rider or group!

Customer Service

Enter at the outdoor center. path takes you by the old dam, then left at the fence. doesn't matter which spur one takes once on the path, each leads to the south-west portion of the trail. downhill fire path leads to the river, then wander north along the river bank over the newer trails (still riding on a lot of grass here). will take one back to the quarry entrance, then either hit the path on the left after the concrete bridge or take the hill up to Bragg Hill. Hill = challenge. If one goes up to bragg hill, one must take fall hill rd down to get back to the outdoor park entrance.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
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