Matthews State Forest Trail - Trail, Galax, Virginia

Matthews State Forest Trail - Trail, Galax, Virginia

DESCRIPTION

Currently 6-1/2 miles hand built singletrack. Although advanced skills will give the most enjoyment, intermediate riders can still use the trail, but may need to do a small amount of "hike-a-bike" at some of the more technical sections. Trail is very well blazed. DIRECTIONS: take route 58 west of Galax City limits, then turn left on Meadow Creek Rd. Go 1-1/2 miles to White Pine Rd and turn right. Go about 100 yards to first white farmhouse on the right and park there. Entrance is marked at gatepost.

USER REVIEWS

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[Oct 20, 2015]
Rocky Ron
Cross Country Rider

A current assessment: 1) the parking is now on White Pines Road just a few yards past old parking at barn. Just follow signs towards Matthews Living History Farm Museum. 2) The trail is now just over 9 miles in length. Over the years it has been rerouted to take out the more extreme climbs, replaced with switchbacks galore. Also lost the section called "West Coast Woods" due to clear-cutting, but currently rebuilding that section. 3) Its still the best darn "Do-It-All" trail in this part of the state. 4) Fall is bow-hunting season, so trails are only open to non-hunters on Sundays (October through December)

Customer Service

Just follow signs (clockwise)

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Fisher River in Dobson,NC
Westwood in Mt.Airy,NC

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 07, 2010]
Dave White
Weekend Warrior

This trail is currently over 9 miles in length. The trail builders are constantly working on this amazing trail to lengthen it. The current goal is 10 miles. The reviewers below have done an excellent job describing how amazing this place is. If you are even close to this place, you MUST ride it!

Customer Service

Forward

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 14, 2010]
speedy
Weekend Warrior

Great trail, love all the climbs, obstacles, log piles, creek crossings, great downhills. Man this place has it all. This is what mtn. biking is all about. Kudos to all the ones that designed and built this trail. Just as soon to ride here as any place I've been - who needs a long road trip with this trail nearby. Matthews will be drawing people to Galax just to ride this place. Only one complaint - wish the forest guys would leave the trail alone. Quit messing up everything these guys are building.

Thanks Gang

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Oct 12, 2009]
Randot
Cross Country Rider

Nice rolling terrain with some small climbs and smooth trails. Kind of a "playground" like atmosphere and some parts are reminiscent of bmx. Some of the switchbacks are too tight to really let it rip. Trail is very well taken care of and gets high marks for that. Trail is good for all skill levels. Not sure why advanced riders only are recommended. There is nothing very technical or rocky and no big drops. I think this is a perfect trail for somebody to learn about mountain biking before taking on an epic trail like the sorts of Brush mountain or Douthat State park. Good place for my rigid single.

Customer Service

Start at the first old barn you come to on the right, (there is no white farmhouse at the trail head). You will see signs and orange flagging that designate the trail. I road all of those and as many white, blue, yellow trails that I could find. For my first time, with stopping to make sure I was going in the right direction, I think I rode all the trails because I ended up where I started and it took me a tad over an hour so it's not much but it was fun. Great job of building these trails and I thank you!

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I usually road bike when I visit this area.
I ride the New River trail with my 72 yo dad 30 or so miles when I get down there. We can really get moving on that flat trail.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 16, 2009]
ridermike817
Cross Country Rider

Living less than a half mile from this trail i like to ride it quite often. It's a great trail with many natural obstacles such as: small creeks, logs, rock jumps, rock gardens, and even a few drops. I would reccomend it to anyone looking for a challenging yet fun ride.

Customer Service

I prefer the reverse direction myself, but the clockwise direction is also good.

Similar Products Used:

Creeper Trail, and the New River Trail

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 27, 2009]
B Shu
Weekend Warrior

This trail is all single track. No fire roads, no doulble track. I have mtn biked for more than 10 years and have not found any better single track. The trails start out fast and flowy but toward the end they become very tight. Some trees are spaced very close for 27" bars. the trails are very wore in but not worn out. I liked the bells, I have never seen that. I have cut in trails myself and I know that these trails were'nt build in a day. I was impressed with the maintainance of the trails as well. There is no white farmhouse,just an old barn with a shady walnut tree to park under. I would like to meet and thank the people responsable for this trail system.

Customer Service

Just follow the signs

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Damascus
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Hurricane

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 04, 2009]
twobournes
Weekend Warrior

Up to over 8 miles now (maybe even 9). Constantly being improved upon and ridden so the condition is excellent. Lots of great uphills switching back and forth through the mountains, loads of downhill and flats. Amazing log crossings, gravity drops, creek crossings and other natural style obstacles. The trail feels extremely natural and flows from one section to another.

Some of the obstacles and hills can be quite challenging and inexperienced riders may do a good bit of hike-a-bike, but this is an amazing place to build up your legs, lungs, and technique (all at the same time)!

Customer Service

I have ridden this trail several times but only in the clockwise direction in which it is designated. However, the trail can be ridden backwards and many of the more advanced locals even prefer this direction. If you have never ridden the trail definitely do it forward.

From the parking area look for the opening in the fence by the barn and follow the single track down the hill to the woods, signs are posted pointing you in the right direction.

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Fisher River @ Dobson, NC
Westwood Park @ Mt. Airy, NC
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OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Sep 09, 2008]
Corbitt
Weekend Warrior

Lots of tough ups and technical downs. The other reviews are dead on. As a new mountain biker myself I found myself in the hike-a-bike as much as or more than I was riding. If you have the skills, go for it(and find out for real)! If not...prepare for a beautiful hike through the woods.

Customer Service

Clockwise (following signs)

Similar Products Used:

Hungry Mother State park (Marion, VA)

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Aug 04, 2008]
tom
Cross Country Rider

i've ridden most of the trails around here and have been reluctant about coming here and i was surprised at how good these trails were. very good technical sections and very well marked. had a blast and will be coming back would recommend this to any rider that wants to work on their technical skills.

Customer Service

follow the signs and there are early exits to take

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carvins cove, wilkesboro, pandapas pond, westwood park, fisher river

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 22, 2008]
RDS
Cross Country Rider

I was in Galax on business and hit this trail after work. What a blast! Being from the flatlands (Richmond) some of the climbs were lung busters but well worth the effort. Trail flow and construction is excellent and the trail marking is dead own. One section goes through a stand of large white pines and you could almost imagine being out west. Kudos to the trail gnomes.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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