Poor Farm Park - TRAIL

Poor Farm Park - Trail, Richmond, Virginia

Great flat singletrack, very technicle, wide varitey of trails for expert to beginner levels

User Reviews (48)

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Chris   Weekend Warrior [Aug 09, 2007]

I'm really enjoying this trail this summer. It offers a lot of variety: hills (up and down), obstacles, flat, rocks, sand, dirt, water, and a lot of roots. Many talk about getting lost, but I haven't had this problem...yet. There are a lot of small trails that branch off the main trail. It's good for riding with others because you can take different trails without getting too far apart.

Customer Service

I like going across the parking lot and taking the first left. It's a pretty flat trail, but has some nice up and downs and obstacles. You can get your speed up and control the trail.

Similar Products Used: In poor farm park, I enjoy the trail down by the creek. It's not too fast, but makes for a nice ride.
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4
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3
ridewiththedarkside   Cross Country Rider [Jul 09, 2007]

Pretty flat, couple of logs, little bit of climbing here than there. I am not a huge fan of this trail. It is great if you just want to get out in your big chainring and pump but technically their is not much going on. People in this area love it, but me and the wife think it is just so-so.

Customer Service

Any of them. Lots of choices just go out and ride

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3
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3
finchOU   Weekend Warrior [Jun 27, 2007]

Not to bad. This was by far the most trails in the smallest area I have ever seen. It seemed that there was intersecting trails about every 30 yards or so....which was fun for the explore factor. I had a lot of fun exploring, but had to ride a while before finding some difficult (in my book) climbs...which were very short.....nothing cosmic. But there are tough enough climbs to keep a climber interested for a while.....enough fast single track....for that guy...and enough scenery....this place has it all...except mountains of the west and pure area/distance covered.

Customer Service

Just get on trial from the parking lot and start exploring....the most scencic I though was along the creek. You could ride for a day and not hit every single segment of trail...which is mostly what each trail is...a segment.

Similar Products Used: only ones I've ridden. Pocahontas and York. Each good in its own way.
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4
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2
rnljarvis   Weekend Warrior [Apr 16, 2005]

Prevous reviews have done a good job at describing the general nature of the park - I don't have anything to add in this regard. I'm posting this review to note that there are some additional trails that have appeared at Poor Farm over the last few months - the trail gnomes have been busy! I don't know how to even begin describing where to find the additional trails. If you have been to Poor Farm in the past, you will notice additional trials here and there. If you haven't been there before, it's all new to you!

Customer Service

There is plenty of variety at Poor Farm. There is no route - just a network of trails. Lotsa fun! Just go ride!

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4
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4
Big Al   Cross Country Rider [Oct 08, 2004]

I applaude the persons responsible for the improvements and addittions to the trails at Poor Farm.I have not ridden the trails for about 2 years and things have really improved.This is really a change from Buttermilk. This trail is great for most skill levels and has very few hazardous areas where you could get in trouble. Also very fast when dry.The trails seem well planned and allow for good downhill runs and a relatively easy retun to the top of the hill. Well worth the drive from Richmond on a weekday, or a weekend from Tidewater.

Customer Service

There are manny options. After several rides it starts to make sense.

Similar Products Used: Buttermilk, York River ,Freedom Park Redoubt Run
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4
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3
Butch   Weekend Warrior [Sep 26, 2004]

Poor Farm Park has a great set of trails...plenty up/down hills, log bumps, roots, creeks-crossings, etc., but lacks signs in which direction to head. In otherwords, to keep these trails singletracked and rated in difficult (for first time riders), this park begs for trail markers along all routes to orient new riders where to go and to avoid running into other riders coming from the opposite direction. Other than that, kudos to those that maintain these set of trails...definitely worthy of multiple visits

Customer Service

Once parked, start your adventure on the far left-hand side of the parking lot near the pavilion/railroad area.

Similar Products Used: Deep Run
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4
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4
  Cross Country Rider [Nov 17, 2003]

Big point to this email is that it has been cleaned up from Hurricane Isabel. In fact I was in a race there in Oct, after the storm. The trail diversity is great with some fast twisting trails to the left of the parking lot and a maze of more vertical trails to the right and around the back of the parking lot. For a good loop go to the AMBS webpage and look at the race loop. Otherwise, just make your own loop up. You may need to keep your eyes open for riders coming in the opposite direction on a normal ride day. Lots of log jumps right now (after the hurricane) which make for a little more technical ride. Great place with miles of trails and diversity.

Customer Service

AMBS race loop

Similar Products Used: Richmond's XTERRA route (including Bell Island, Buttermilk, and Forest Hill), or Williamsburg's trails of Waller Mill, Marl's Ravine, or the new Patriot (Distric Park) trail.
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4
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4
Jay   [May 20, 1999]

This place is great for a few hours of varied riding. From the gravel parking lot you can get warmed up in the level single track across the street and to your left. It's pretty fast and there's not a lot of climbing. Then head down to the trails behind the soccer fields. You get climbs, log crossings, creek crossings, cool decents, even a power line. I once had a deer run next to me for about 50 yards while on this section. Poor Farm isn't the biggest - you can easily squeeze out 20 miles if you know the route and don't double back too much - but it's got it all. Go early on weekends to avoid traffic.

Customer Service

Just ride.

Similar Products Used: York River/Waller's Mill, Powhite, Iron Bridge(for light days), Pocahantas Park, the "Urban": Belle Isle/Byrd Park/Chimborazo/downtown.
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3
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Richard A   [May 23, 1999]

This park rocks for mountain biking. As you ride out here more often you get to know certain parts of the trail. There will always be a creek crossing. Powerline decents and twisty single track. You can easliy cover a tough ride and never ride the same place twice. A great ride for those who can get out there. Also, a races are held out there by Local Bike Shops. VA point series also take place there. A great ride, bring lots of water on those hot days.

Customer Service

Starting from the gravel parking lot near the soccer fields there are many entrances. All depends on how you're feeling that day. Want some cool downhill on your plate? Try the trailhead close to the port-a-johns. Feeling kinda singletrack saucy then try the fireroad decent towards the ampatheater. All depends on what you feel like.

Similar Products Used: Powhite, Dogwood Dell, Iron Bridge, Byrd Island
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5
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Joe   [May 25, 1999]

i rode this park in a race the suburu one. it was really phat trail and funass race too. im cant wait to get back there the race was in the raijn all day and it was still the best ride ive ever had. the race was on the dry sections only so i cant speak for the whole park but it did have a variety of terrain and challenges. it was a lot of fun i recommend this trail to anyone. there were some tight looking sections that werent in the race but they did look like fun. there was one really technical looking downhill supersteep one. this trail was awesome ill get back there someday maybe for the fall race

Customer Service

i recommend going where the trail takes you

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5
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