Conway Robinson State Forest - TRAIL

Conway Robinson State Forest - Trail, Gainesville, Virginia

Right now the trails are under construction. M.O.R.E. is working with the Virginia Department of Forestry to get new trails opened up for us. There are some existing trails there to ride now so please help us help you and get out there to ride. For those of you who know the stigma of this park please don't let it stop you. If we get enough riders out there we can give this new meca a positive image. Also, please do not blaze your own trails, let M.O.R.E. do all the trail building. We want to be able to use this land for a long time. Thanks.

User Reviews (32)

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Erikmtb   Cross Country Rider [Mar 05, 2012]

I came about this trail on various sites, and didn't even know it existed even though I've lived 5 minutes away since '94. I go to school in the Shenandoah Valley, so I'm used to things being a little more technical, and a lot more vertical than this park. That being said, the "Orange Trail" as it's being called, offered up some surprisingly solid technical obstacles, and it's a step in the right direction for this place. I think with a dedicated MTB community centered around an lbs (Haymarket Bikes), we could do some dedicated trail work to get this place into shape as a mountain bike mecca for this area. Also, the trails don't drain well, they were trashed after yesterday's rain.

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jmacovei   Downhiller [Dec 27, 2011]

5 min from my house and not too difficult. the place lurks with freaks hanging out in their cars smoking and who knows what else. other than that, this little trail system is awesome. you can challenge yourself by going faster if the trails are too flat. the orange loop always gives the typical beginner a challenge as it requires some fitness and basic skills. overall, i prefer to ride here rather than drive to fountainhead, or lake fairfax and wakefield. those trails are more fun and challenging but given the distance, this trail is just fine. P.S. try not to wear any troy lee gear while riding here.

Customer Service

Orange loop

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lov2mtb   Weekend Warrior [Mar 08, 2011]

This is an ok place if you're close. Go to the back (north) part of the park and ride the orange trail-it has some good flow, nice rock gardens, and a switch back or two. Beware the mud after a storm. The "area under surveillance" signs wierded me out. So did the dude in the suv who pealed out when I switched out my dress shirt for my bike sweater...don't see that every day.

Its kinda hard to get a good workout here. Gets to be boring riding and re-riding the few good trails. And the other activity that's reported to take place here-I'll find somewhere else to ride next time.

Customer Service

Like an earlier poster said, drive right past this park and keep moving

Similar Products Used: Every other possible trail
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BianchiBOSS   Cross Country Rider [Dec 23, 2010]

Very nice!

Purists would point out the many flaws this park has:

-Not much single track (although the "orange loop" was very good) and has lots of potential
-No drainage, couldn’t/shouldn’t be ridden w/in 3-4 days after a really good storm
-Permit
-"Area Under Surveillance” see previous posts
-Pancake flat (I only used my middle ring)

However, this park is in NoVA, elevation is at a premium, and Wakefield shouldn’t be used for comparison. Many pros though:

-Accessible, right off 29 in Gainesville
-Well thought-out, nice skill building rock gardens, good flow
-Optional obstacles, logs, rock formation (orange loop), teeter-totter
-Great ride for roadies, or crossers, in the off season
-Pretty, should be super shady in the summer (no wind at all, even in Dec.)
-You can easily do 10mi. without getting bored
-Great for an off-day, or if you wanna go fast
-Great for getting someone into mt. biking, especially a spouse or young one (most trail is double track widths)
-Quiet, you can almost forget you are in NoVa (especially compared to Wakefield)
-Spacious, you will see others easily and total trail amount could be doubled (great work to those who maintain this area!)

Very well worth it. Will be back anytime in the Gainesville area.

Customer Service

It's easy to cover all the trails in an hour and a half. Doesn't matter the direction you ride. Make sure to ride the Orange loop...shouldn't see the horses or hikers back there.

Similar Products Used: Fairfax County Connector...but Conway is much more organized, doesn’t have the sewage smell or car traffic to deal with…much more rideable than the Connector
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KDub17   Weekend Warrior [Sep 06, 2010]

Park has improved greatly since last summer. Trails are clearer, better maintained, etc. Some of the man-made obstacles are gone, but there are a lot of natural obstacles that make it technical. Great place to increase technique while still getting a great workout. The only downside is the puddles that appear when it rains. Tends to take a while to clear up and can slow down the ride.

Customer Service

Go to the back side of the park and take the "moderate technical" path down the hill. It's a lot more fun than the main path that runs in circles. More speed, more technical, overall more fun.

Similar Products Used: Wakefield tends to have more berms and jumps, but it's too hilly and you don't get to keep up your speed.
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4
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Kevin   Downhiller [Sep 06, 2010]

Trails have greatly improved since last year (2009). I rode this park multiple times when training with the police department bike team and while there were more man-made obstacles to clear, the paths weren't as clear. I rode this afternoon (Sept '10) and the trails were 10x better. Wider, smoother, well maintained. There are markings on the trees to keep you on course without adding any signs. The only downside is that when it rains, a lot of the paths become really difficult to ride through. If you like mud, then you're in luck, but overall there are some spots that bring you to a stop.

Customer Service

If you take the trail in the very back (that angles downhill from the main path) it's a lot of fun. More technical than the trails in the front, but you can carry more speed and challenge yourself a little.

Similar Products Used: I also ride Wakefield Park (in Springfield, VA) and while that park tends to have more trails, Conway Robinson is easier to make a loop, practice your technique and get in shape.
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NoVA_JB   Weekend Warrior [Mar 23, 2010]

With the nice weather this past weekend I broke out the bike and wanted to ride something kind of easy to get me back in shape after the long winter.
I got to the park and saw signs saying that if you wanted to bike you needed to get a use permit as of Jan 1, 2010. I guess I missed this in the news. It's not too expensive but the point kind of has me wondering if I'll be back as I don't use any other state parks than Conway Robinson.

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3
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Star8uck   Cross Country Rider [Nov 11, 2009]

I've started using this trail regularly since I moved to the area - and am really enjoying it. I ride between 2 and 3 times a week, so Im starting to learn all the nuances of the trails.

Overall, the condition of the trails are very good. Even in wet weather they are not swamped - so drainage no longer appears to be a problem.

Theres ample parking and its always quiet when I go - so its ideal if you want to get away from the crowds and just enjoy a couple of hours alone with a forest and lots of deer.

Customer Service

Take the blue to start and go clockwise round. Youll then hit a crossroads at the bottom - just by Kempers trail. I stay on the abandoned railroad (go straight ahead) and work round clockwise when you get to the end.

I do 2 or 3 loops and join kempers trail on my 2nd pass of the railroad, then head back to the car park. But at the top - take the left hand turn and follow the other trail. Its rocky and has some good downhill sections to it....follow that round and youll hit the crossroads at the end....then head back to the car park.

Total 7.2 miles. Good workout...especially if you go anti-clockwise on some of the sections to mix and match. I like to mix it up!

Similar Products Used: Fountainhead
Wakefield
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4
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4
HR_XC   Weekend Warrior [Nov 04, 2009]

I live within 5 minutes of this trail and I am happy to have found it. I ride at least once a week and have a blast each time. I heard about the "stigma" but I have never run into any questionable behavior on the trail. I always see 4-5 cars in the lot, but I never see anyone. Deer are around and people on horseback are there once in awhile.
The trail itself is quite fun for a beginner thru intermediate rider. DH/DJ/Freeriders would waste their time. But a cheap dept store bike or commuter designed hardtail would not hold up long here!

Customer Service

I hit this trail from every direction and have found that starting at the wide open trail to the right of the covered picnic area (facing it from the parking lot) and then going about 100ft and taking the trailhead on the right of the trail you are good to go! Be careful though. When the leaves are down on the trail, it is easy to lose your line!

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4
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jstiffler4   Weekend Warrior [Jun 19, 2009]

The trail was nice but it was definitly wet. I went today and it has been a few days since it has rained and the end of the trail should have been labeled as swamp land. I can see that if it were dry then it would be a great trail.

Customer Service

We chose to follow the blue route but I plan to try another route next time I go.

Similar Products Used: Fountain Head Park
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3
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3
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