River bend - TRAIL

River bend - Trail, Great Falls, Virginia

There is a very good trail system in the center of the park . there is a bunch of trails you can do out about 7 miles from the parking lot. Have confidence in the trails they are not too well traveled but they dont just end.

User Reviews (8)

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luv2clmb   Cross Country Rider [May 31, 2010]

Take the Upland trail west to where it meets a paved service road. Turn left on the service road and follow it past the nature center to a gravel fire road on your right. This fire road goes back to the river. Follow the fire road along the river to where it ends at the new pedestrian bridge. Cross the bridge and continue on the trail along the river. It starts out very mild, but before long you'll be enjoying lots of up-and-down, very narrow singletrack. There are two short, steep downhills that remind me vaguely of Fountainhead. I like to practice my climbing skills on them.

Customer Service

Park at Riverbend parking lot.

Similar Products Used: Great Falls, Difficult Run, Lake Fairfax, etc.
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G-Man   [Oct 06, 1999]

The trail starts at the far end of the parking lot and it's nice and flat. You do have to carry your bike in one section where it's very steep and rocky. It's not that long. The trail connects you to Great Falls Park, and from there take another trail (Difficult Run) and you can go all the way to Reston.
All in all, if you just take Riverbend to Great Falls, it's a beginner's trail.
In the parking lot of Riverbend Trail, there are a series of other trails that you can take which are more or less for advance bikers.

Customer Service

Use Mapquest and select Riverbend park, it'll get you there

Similar Products Used: Difficult Run
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4
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DIE   [Jun 29, 2000]

Watch Out going into Great Falls Park,, Ranger Rick may stop you for not paying at the gate.. even though there are no other but the main one.. Just keep cool and Tell them you'll go up to the main gate and pay the 4 bucks.

Customer Service

Watch Out going into Great Falls Park,, Ranger Rick may stop you for not paying at the gate.. even though there are no other but the main one.. Just keep cool and Tell them you'll go up to the main gate and pay the 4 bucks.

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3
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DCBiker   [Mar 03, 2001]

See map on dcbike.tripod.com for network of single tracks and fire roads. Nice and not overcrowded park near WDC.

Customer Service

Upland Trail, Fire roads and singletracks up and downhill, usually from Great Falls park

Similar Products Used: Great Falls, Difficult Run - Colvin Run
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buford   [Apr 09, 2001]

this trail is very nice. i did run into a problem though. while riding my bike through a steep incline, a baby black bear was sleeping under a tree. i went to go hug it when the mother bear came out of no where and ripped half my grill off. so be careful on the trail between riverbend and greatfalls, cause i know that bitch is still around.

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2
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stimpstalker   [Apr 09, 2001]

I ran into the same bear while night stalking.

Customer Service

none

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BabyBlackBear   [Jun 25, 2001]

This trail not recommended for humans on bikes. I was napping under a tree one day when some freak on a bicycle tried to hug me (or maybe he was trying to mount me!)Luckily my Mom was nearby in the Potomac river taking a dump. She heard my screams and ran to my aid....smashing his helmet with her mighty paw and taking a good size bite out his crappy Schwinn.

Customer Service

I live here

Similar Products Used: Stay on the W&OD, humans. The Deer won't hurt you.
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G-man   [Aug 15, 2002]

Find new trails :(

Customer Service

The park service has closed River Bend to mountain bikes. It seems all the illegal dog walkers who let there dogs roam off leash are ok to break the law, but god forbid we ride out there where our tax money pays for it all!

Similar Products Used: Difficult run before they close it too!
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3
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