Beaverdam - Trail, Gloucester Court House, Virginia

Beaverdam - Trail, Gloucester Court House, Virginia

DESCRIPTION

Nice change of pace, no crowds. Trail is very tight in some places. Lots of fun to ride. EVMA/Parks and Rec is still making new sections. Should be about 20 miles when complete.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 23, 2008]
Bugbait
Weekend Warrior

Well designed trail with good maintenance. The trail is little used by bikes although may be a mine field due to horse traffic. Just rooty enough to make if fun. Most slopes have only light erosion but a few problem areas need attention. Even though I had to do the walk of shame with a flat, it was still worth the trip. All in all, a sweet strech of fast singletrack. I will definitely be back.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Mar 31, 2008]
dave_n_va
Cross Country Rider

I see this as one of the most under rated trails in the Tidewater region. It is a fairly easy ride and a great place for beginners to cut their teeth and experience some fun and fast single track. I would agree that there are not log piles or skinnies to liven up the ride for the advanced folks, but it does have 20.5 miles of twisting single track over undulating terrain. The multi use trail is an out and back but with the addition of Loop 1 - 7 on the return trip, you almost feel like you are riding a real loop (this is my only negative - I hate out and backs). As the trail name suggests, it is a multi use trail and you need to keep and eye out for horses and hikers. The trail last weekend was in excellent condition and has been well maintained.

Customer Service

Its hard to get lost here since all of the trails are marked well, but you can find a map for this park at http://www.gpstrailsource.com/Maps.aspx?MapID=31

Similar Products Used:

Wahrani - intermediate to advanced
New Quarter - killer intermediate single track with a free ride area
Freedom Park - Another example of outstanding trail work by EVMA
Lake Maury - another great location for beginners

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Apr 20, 2005]
BruceLee
Weekend Warrior

This trail is located in Gloucester, VA off of 17. Going North, once you pass the Walmart in Gloucester turn right at the second light and then left before the school. Follow the road all the way down and the trail is just on your right before you enter the parking lot (South Entrance). For the North entrance, keep going on 17 until you see the Fire Watch tower near the Shell station. Turn right and drive until you see the sign on your right. I highly recommend this trail to anyone looking for a good ride. This trail isn't extremely technical, but is still challenging. The trail is single track, but not so narrow that you might hit your shoulders on trees. The trail has plenty of ups and downs, bridges and tight curves to keep you on your toes. For you more advanced riders try to see how fast you can make it from trail head to trail head. The total length of the trail is 9.5 miles one way. This trail is not a loop so you either have to do an out and back, or follow a friend up there and stage a car at each end. The only downside to this trail is it is a multi-use trail, not exclusive to mountain bikes. Be careful for the horse droppings on the trail in places. Other than that its a great trail and I highly recommend it to everyone.

Customer Service

Trail head to trail head.

Similar Products Used:

Marl Ravine, York River State Park and Hardwood Mills, Newport News.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 17, 2004]
Reid
Weekend Warrior

I have been using Beaver Dam once per week for conditioning rides for several months now. The trail layout is fun and offers good distance as an out and back run from the main entrance. Enough hills and turns to keep in interesting and make for some vigorous short climbs if you're really pushing it. Use of the trail by horses has increased dramatically in recent months. I saw two horses one miserable cold day when I expected to see no one and 14horses on a nice day two weeks ago. The trail is getting absolutely shredded in sections. I don't mind mud in the ravine bottoms but the horse tracks are chewing up the high ground and hill sides as well. I'm about to give up on it.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
[Dec 28, 2003]
sfactual
Cross Country Rider

What a great conditioning / training ride! Very aerobic workout from the start. I've only ridden from the Main entrance, and gotten about 9 miles into the trail. Lots of mud in the low spots, and some at unexpected places. Isabel has changed the terrain. Most of the up-hills have roots, and valleys have mud - don't get too cocky. The horses have trashed the low spots, but for a multi-use trail this is still a great time.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Dec 10, 2003]
Nick Stokes
Weekend Warrior

Great trail with beautiful scenery. This beginner found it to be challenging and a great workout. About 10 miles from one parking area to the other. Although it's a multi-use trail it was not crowded and the few hikers and horse riders were very considerate. Good climbs, some switchbacks and a few bridges. Much more of a challenge than Harwood Mill.

Customer Service

US 17 (George Washington Hwy.) to Rte 606

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Harwood Mill is good for a quick run.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Dec 15, 1999]
LoLo

A pleasent surprize. As promised, loop 1 was pretty muddy & wet. Loops 5 & 6 "appear" not to be used that much. The marsh xing to loop 6 is a gigantic mud bog, however the park service plans on bridging over it. The soft soil on loops 5 & 6 makes for a workout.

Similar Products Used:

Hardwoods & Lost, Waller, York, etc.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
[Feb 28, 2001]
LoLo

A year passed since I last rode this trail and since then the trail is at least 20miles long if not longer. Loops 5 & 6 are still soft soil making for a serious workout. If you press on past loop 6 you will eventually come out at the Beaver Dam boat ramp. Make no mistake, a SERIOUS ride & a tad isolated so bring supplies. -You DONT wanna mechanical out in the middle of loop 5.

Customer Service

17N, pass the hospital on right, right @ 606 sign, right on Beaverdam Rd.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Apr 09, 2001]
JackL

This is a newly completed 10.5 mi course (21 miles round trip). The course is a 4 hr conditioning challenge: soft ground conditions, moderate hills (& lots of them), but there's a sharp turn at the bottom of all hills so each & everyone is a climb, several swampy areas. Triple use trail-hike, bike, and horses. Recommed you start at the the Beaver Dam Run side can be done either way. At the end of each leg are facilities-water, soda machines, & bathrooms. Bring spare parts, food, & water-very isolated trail.

Customer Service

Route 17 past Glouster Court House, right on Rt 606, right on Beaver Dam Run(back way).
Route 17 past Glouster Court House, right on Rt 616 to Park entrance (front way).

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Jan 07, 2002]
Blah-man

My little riding clan has been very impressed with this fast trail with lots of ups and downs. It's now about 12 miles long and rumor has it that more is to come. Every hill is followed by a turn and a long uphill. There are few tight turns, especially in loops 1-3. There is really only one decent jump and that is between loops 3-4 (or 2-3).
Overall it is a good conditioning ride for an experienced rider and a good aerobic challenge for a novice.

Customer Service

Either way is fine, but usually the dam side is more empty.

Similar Products Used:

Marl Ravine

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
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