Deep Run Park - Trail, Richmond, Virginia

Deep Run Park - Trail, Richmond, Virginia

DESCRIPTION

Super tight, super technical singletrack, and tons of it. After the hurricane most of the trails where blocked, but a couple of days ago i went there and discovered that not only where the existing trails cleared, there were tons of new ones built by the park service. This place is XC heaven!!! Probably 5 miles or more of trails right now, and the water is high... hopefully in the future alot of the trails that are now swamp will be clear... about 2 more miles. You can ride all day long in this park, I still haven't found all the trails. Also there is no single marked loop or trail, you kinda just create your own. This park is tons of fun.

USER REVIEWS

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[Nov 11, 2008]
Kendeathwalker
Cross Country Rider

I live near the northside trail/buttermilk loop so that is my basic frame of reference when judging other trail systems I ride. The deeprun park trails seemed a bit more like groomed walking paths with the occasional pile of logs or tree trunk across the path. Nothing technical and for the most part its flat, with some gradual inclines that might get your heart pumping if hammer up on the third ring.

Customer Service

None really.

Similar Products Used:

Buttermilk, Pocahontas, poor farm.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jan 04, 2008]
Slyp Dawg
Weekend Warrior

nice, flowing singletrack, usually very smooth but if you look you can find some bumpy stuff also. quite a few steep slopes to test descents on, or if you are the mild hucker type to get some air off of. quite a few log crossings (I have noticed a log triangle pile that would make a good ramp for a bmx or slopestyle bike to get a few feet of air off of, if anyone is interested), a creek crossing or two, and a LOT of areas where the trees come within inches of the handlebars! not a particularly grueling ride by any stretch of the imagination, but there is enough technical stuff to keep you on your toes, lest you end up in the trees, which is not conducive to your brake line fittings staying in 1, unbroken piece, or dense underbrush, which will slow you down so unbelievably fast. the last time I was there, there was only one fallen tree blocking the trail, and that was near the picknick shelters near the 2nd parkinglot on the left, and only blocked the trail section from coming into the tarmac. given some time, a chainsaw, and a few willing workers, that could be cleared in about an hour. there are some sections of the trail that are not conducive to running a bar width much over 26 inches, due to the trees being so close together. also, on the part of the perimiter trail that runs near the fence, be careful when you get to the section that is lined by dense brush on one side and the fence itself on the other. hitting that section at full clip in the big ring is not behavior conducive to staying upright on your bike. the fence will grab your grips, and the brush on the other side of the trail probably won't feel too good to land in either

Customer Service

run the perimiter trail starting at the 1st parking lot, then go onto the paved routes to find some other trails that may not be accessable by the perimiter trail. all in all it's a fun ride, great for honing your technical riding skills, testing the cornering grip of your tires, and just riding.

Similar Products Used:

the James River loop of trails (buttermilk, northbank, bell isle, stuff in that area)

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 15, 2005]
leiden
Weekend Warrior

This is basically a small suburban park serving the surrounding neighborhoods. It's great as an everyday workout trail for me because I ride there from my house in about 10 minutes. The trail's are generally flat and twisty with a few reasonable log crossings. I agree with previous reviewers that if you have to drive anyway, go to Pocohantas, Poor Farm or the Buttermilk. The trails were cut by locals and many thanks to them for a great daily workout trail.

Customer Service

There's a perimeter trail, which is about 3.5 miles total. A good place to start is across the main access road from the first parking lot. There is a trailhead with a sign warning not to disturb the trails. Kinda keep to the left at the trail forks for the perimeter trail.

Similar Products Used:

Pocohantas, Poor Farm, Buttermilk

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[Mar 23, 2005]
mtnbikedr
Cross Country Rider

Trails are mostly clean, fast, singletrack on inclines and declines (it is not flat, but no difficult climbs or hucking either). Some fun whoop-de-doos between the paved paths and near the swamp. You can ride or walk across a few creeks but the swamp area may be better ridden come July. The log crossings are mostly small and/or ramped. Also, the only modification you make to the trail should be squashing dead leaves under your rolling tires - there are signs posted, "Any person who damages or disturbs any part of this park to build a bike trail or for any other reason is subject to criminal conviction and $100 fine."

Customer Service

Park the autobeast in the first lot you come to on the right. Ride back toward the entrance and find the trail leading uphill. Follow it around the perimeter as much as possible. You may come out to the paved path a couple times - open your eyes and explore and get back to the trail - you are mountain biking! I have been here only 3 times - at lunch, 1/2 hour each - and have mapped a circuit of about 10 km without the need to doubleback and less than 50 meters of pavement, but am still working on it. There are more trails I have not explored yet but look forrward to the fun. I'd rate it a 4, but will make it a 5 to help average out the reviewers who cannot see 5 feet past their wheel.

Similar Products Used:

Poor Farm, Pow Hite, Pocahontas

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 26, 2004]
Butch
Weekend Warrior

After reading the other reviews for these trails, I tend to agree. The park has a lot of singletrack trails, mostly for beginner to intermediate riders, but lacks that little extra TLC. If the trails had markers to direct riders where to go, along with a few more technical re-routes and log bumps, these trails would be one of the premier MTB spots in the area. Fortunately, I rode this trail immediately after a race (I'm guessing because of the markers along the route), which made for a great run with plenty of speed and good amount of action. Hopefully those that maintain these trails follow that idea to make Deep Run something special

Similar Products Used:

Poor Farm

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[Apr 18, 2004]
reh
Cross Country Rider

Snarl of short go nowhere do nothing trails. I have ridden this trail system once. It seems to me to be best for small children and old people. There is a network of asphalt trails and a bunch of short singletracks, the purpose of which, as best as I could ascertain, seemed to mainly be to provide access to the park to the surrounding neighborhoods. Maybe I missed the trails, but looked pretty hard.

Customer Service

none

Similar Products Used:

Poor farm, buttermilk, belle isle, pocahontas

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
[Jan 16, 2004]
bryan
Cross Country Rider

no one should ever aadmit to building trails illegally, ill leave it at that...the person writing the first review is off base in my opinion, this is not that technical and it does not have 7 miles of trail, i would say about 4 but it is a good place to go if you live nearby and have an hour to ride, i cna do everything in an hour and a half, you cannot ride here all day! there is good tight single track and small climbs but if you need to travel 20 or 30 mins, you might as well go to poor farm as it is much more extensive and challenging....and a big hello to vic and greg

Customer Service

hit the outside edge of the park....

Similar Products Used:

poor farm and poca, best trails in the area, powhite bores me in less than and hour unless you like jumping off stuff and buttermilk leaves my bleeding every time i go (and you have to know where to go)

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jan 09, 2004]
vrollins
Cross Country Rider

I have been riding these trails on average of 3 times a week for over 10 years. The park people had little to do with clearing trails after Isabel. They had their hands full with other concerns. My brother and I spent several days clearing and rerouting the main and older trails around the debris. I don't think the county folks had anything to do with the new trails either. Rumor has it that another rabid XC rider(s) did it. And did an awesome job of it too! A big, big thank you! Great trail network before and now tons of new. Don't tell anyone, we don't want it to get too crowded. If you do ride here PLEASE be courteous to other trail users, there are lots of hikers on the weekends.

Customer Service

Park anywhere and ride around on the pavement a little, you'll find the trails into the dirt. You can't get lost, you are never far from a road or paved trail. Better yet, just stay on the pavement the dirt is too much fun, 'er I mean dangerous.

Similar Products Used:

Poor Farm

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 06, 2004]
David
Weekend Warrior

This place is ok. It is not the best place I have ridden and it is not the worst place either. It is very convenient to me that is why I ride it a lot I live right up the street from it. It is a good place for a beginer. It is also nice to log in a fe miles after a stressful day at work. For more of a challenger check out buttermilk or powhite.

Customer Service

Stay off the paved path. This park is highly visted by walkers and runners they dont share will well.

Similar Products Used:

Powhite, Buttermilk

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jan 01, 2004]
Rock_Rapier
Cross Country Rider

Best trail I have ridden in the area, next to Belle Isle-Buttermilk. I love singletrack and technical riding, and thats what these trails have. Creek crossings are fun too.

Customer Service

Just ride around on the paved trails looking for a trailhead and make your own route. You can ride day after day and never take the same route.

Similar Products Used:

Belle Isle-Buttermilk

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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