Bells Island - Trail, Richmond, Virginia

Bells Island - Trail, Richmond, Virginia

DESCRIPTION

Use to be an Civil War Prison Camp, but now a park. Mainly one huge mountian of trails and drops. Big and small drops with rocks and roots popping out of no where. You have to go off the main trail on top of the mountain to detect all the small hidden trails that will lead you back down. Not for beginners or faint of heart. Mid to Advance Level. Not sure how the trails are now, but back in 94-96 it was the place to go to test out all the shinny new forts. Back when one inch of travel was God.

USER REVIEWS

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[Dec 30, 2008]
brian rienecker
Weekend Warrior

the trail is pretty neat, can be a piece of cake or super knarly, really good location, the roks are fun to ride on

Customer Service

i dont know what its called, but on the backside of the island is this sweet prety quick downhill section that is amazing

Similar Products Used:

poor farm park

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3
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2
[Mar 15, 2008]
riverguy
Weekend Warrior

Someone needs to change this review so that the name of the trail is correct.

"Belle" Isle, not "Bells".

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3
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2
[Jan 02, 2007]
AirborneRider
Cross Country Rider

Nice flat trail around the perimeter of the Island, but some rather difficult single track on the interior. Usually ride this as part of the Buttermilk and Northbank loop.

Customer Service

Take your pick, it does not matter.

Similar Products Used:

Buttermilk, Northbank, Poccahontas State Park and Petersburg National Battlefield

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2
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2
[Mar 16, 2006]
eggraid101
Cross Country Rider

This trail is nice in that it's right in the middle of the city, but the trail itself isn't that great. It's king of fun in that there are lots of quick ups and downs, but no good long climbs or downhills. There is a crushed-rock trial around the perimiter of the island that anyone can ride, then some single track in the middle of the island that can be pretty hairy - don't launch yourself down anything that you don't know where it goes or you may regret it. The trails that branch off Belle island itself are fun, too.

Customer Service

the X Terra course

Similar Products Used:

Poor Farm Park

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3
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3
[Nov 17, 2003]
Cross Country Rider

These trails are what you make of them. They can be Sunday stroll on the Huffy EASY or dare-devil HARD. The hurricane did some damage to the south-east end of the hill top. Most trails have been cleared and as tight, and sometimes dangerous as always. A few trails are still blocked. Riding can be easy around the circumference trail or very technical along some of the hilltop trails.

Customer Service

XTERRA course... part of which is blocked now, though. The best (perhaps only) way up is on the gradual climb on the back of the island. The most fun (without killing yourself) down is coming down near the entrance of the island from Brown Island.

Similar Products Used:

Williamsburg has Marl's Ravine, Waller Mill, and the Patriot Trail. The first two are still closed from the hurricane. Ashland has the best variety of trails, and good amount of mileage at Poor Farm.

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RATING
3
VALUE
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3
[Aug 26, 1999]
Greg

Well, it's a beginner/weekend rider's course so it's not that great. Interesting downhills and good scenery. Great rocks on which to take a break after a hard ride somewhere else. Great sunset across the rocks and james river. Great spot to go trim hunting. heh.

Customer Service

First, it's Belle Island, near downtown Richmond, VA. At the Virginia War Memorial at the Lee Bridge, drop off the grassy hill down to the river. Follow the road to the pedestrian bridge. Enter from the north on the pedestrian bridge, go straight up the first hill and do a few loops.

Similar Products Used:

Powhite Park, just across the street from Chippenham Medical Center off Janke road. Poor Farm is far superior to Belle Island which is only good for a short, recreational/beginner ride. Very Scenic, good for picnic with a sweetie.

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1
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[Sep 30, 1999]
Robert

The established path around Belle Isle is kind of weak. Flat, wide, meant for walkers. However, if the water is low, you can get some fun technical riding on the rocks by the river. The real fun is up on the trails withing the island. When riding off the walkway, the trail splits. Take the left fork and follow the pavement around the island. After you start to go uphill, break of onto the jeep road to the right. Follow this up to the trails. The trails on top aren't anything to write home about, but the descents are really fun. There are 20 or more around the island, ranging from not so steep to nearly vertical. The island is so small that you can keep doing these drops all afternoon. Though no the greatest biking I've ever done, in a city as flat as Richmond this provides a few seconds of downhill bliss, good for what ails you on an afternoon ride.

Customer Service

Ride down by the iron works, under the Lee bridge. Follow the pedestrian walkway under the bridge to Belle Isle.

Similar Products Used:

Dogwood Dell, Buttermilk trail

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3
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RATING
[Oct 14, 1999]
rick chittick

the biggest buzzkill down here is that there really are soom cool little pockets of singeltrack, but the place is so small and crowded that you never want to come back. the second biggest buzzkill is that everything in the center of the park (the cool stuff) is technically closed to mountain bikers. (so if you ride it: BEHAVE!!). all in all, though, i have to nix it.

Customer Service

well, just ride there. half an hour and you cover everything. and then some. and then some more.

Similar Products Used:

pocahantas state park and poor farm are pretty much the only really solid places to ride in richmond. i feel bad for anyone who lives there.

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1
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[Feb 27, 2000]
Travis

Parts of the single track are a challenge and the downhills aer awesome. Theres areas for begginers and a little for experts. The problem: it is too short.

Customer Service

Just take the foot path or the path by the Nickel Bridge.

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3
VALUE
RATING
[Apr 22, 2000]
denny

If you're into extreme steepness, technical climbs, and piss-your-pants downhills, this place fits the bill.

Customer Service

step one: go up
step two: come down

Similar Products Used:

Poor Farm, Powhite, and the downtown area

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4
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