Explore Park Subaru Trails - Trail, Roanoke, Virginia

Explore Park Subaru Trails - Trail, Roanoke, Virginia

DESCRIPTION

The Explore Park/Subaru Trails contain hilly, mountainous terrain with off-camber straightaways, whoops, plenty of climbs and fast drops. There aren't too many protruding roots, yet (May 1999). The climbs, coupled with wet conditions, can make this a challenging ride. The trails are under forest canopy for a shady ride, and there is a wide variety of vegetation and wildlife.

USER REVIEWS

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[Mar 13, 2011]
OneSlowBusa
Weekend Warrior

Just want to point out that these trails are still open and in decent shape. Alot of wood down, and some signage missing, but everything is in riding shape.

Customer Service

Warm up with a lap or two on the easy loop, then make your way up the service road to the main trail head. from here several loop options.

Similar Products Used:

Carvins

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 23, 2009]
2DaMtns
Weekend Warrior

Well, this trail system was my first dedicated single-track ride, and I am hooked. I rode the whole intermediate trail, and overall it's not too bad, but it still challenges you and is tons of fun. Great scenery, not crowded, only saw two other bikers in two hours or so. Plenty of wildlife, saw probably 6 or 8 squirrels, a whitetail doe, and a little lizard scurrying away for his life. The trails are well made and other than 2 trees across them, you can ride almost the whole thing. There's one hill that has too many roots and is too steep to ride up, and some pretty tight switchbacks that I had to walk through, but I am a beginner and my bike was acting up, so a more seasoned rider with a properly-fundtioning bike would find it easier. The entrance to the expert trail looked pretty challenging, so there should be enough for anyone. All in all, a great trail system and I look forward to riding it once a week or so at least, since I live only about ten miles from it. It's worth the drive out to check it out.

Customer Service

I started out at the main parking lot by the old restaurant and hit the trail head there. The trails are marked clearly, so it's easy to ride. I took the intermediate trail and rode the inner and outer loop, then came back out to the paved road and road it down to the Explore park service road and back to my truck.

Similar Products Used:

None, yet.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 18, 2009]
ferreal42
Weekend Warrior

I finally got to ride this trail system and it is a excellent trail system. I have ridden the 1996 olympic trail system and some other great trail systems but this one is now my favorite. It has everything for anyone from beginner to advanced. There is a great trail to introduce people to the sport. There are good inclines but the downhills are fast and fun. The trails were in great shape even after all the rain we have had here. This trail is maintained by volunteers and they are doing an excellent job. I only hope the trails will remain open after Roanoke decides what will be done with the land.

Customer Service

Warm up on beginner then follow signs to intermediate. I rode the outer loop on this day.

Similar Products Used:

Carvins Cove
Mill Mountain

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 23, 2009]
riperush
Weekend Warrior

I haven't been out much yet. I just started a couple of weeks ago, but really liked this trail system. They're easy to follow and clearly marked with White, Yellow, and Red paint on occasion to mark the relative difficulty. There's a beginner's loop, about 1 mile, which has a few light climbs, and a few somewhat lengthy downhill rides - nothing technical. It served as a great warmup to get ready for the intermediate trail, about 7.25 miles, which has some really fun sections - some tricky (at least I thought so) downhill sections, and a few climbs that seemed near impossible. For those who want more of a challenge, there are two expert loops along the intermediate trail, marked with red. According to my buddies, these were difficult, but not ridiculously so. For now, I would say these are some fun trails to get someone into biking, and even think they could be an enjoyable ride for a more experienced rider.

Customer Service

I liked using the beginner loop for a warm-up. Then follow the intermediate trail.

Similar Products Used:

Can't recommend much - only been here and Carvin's Cove. Loved them both, but the Cove whooped me - it was my first time out!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Dec 24, 2008]
mjvtri
Weekend Warrior

Just thought I'd update the previous post. These trails are still open for at least the next few months. The trails are great with a good mix of up & down, speed & technical. The trails are well marked but stay covered in leaves most of the time. When its rained its slick.

Customer Service

Intermediate trail. Just keep following the signs until you want to go home.

Similar Products Used:

Carvins Cove.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 13, 2007]
Bangedup
Racer

This is a great local trail system.It is where i got my start in mtn biking 4 years ago.Also the RCO has held a Thurs. night ride here over the winter months.I have rode here up to 4 to 5 times a week over the past 4 years.It really sucks that as of November 15 2007 Explore Park will be closing its gates.No one knows what will happen with the trails.Please come out on the 15th at 6pm.It could be the last ride there.

Customer Service

Anyone that is accessible after closing.

Similar Products Used:

Any trail that is open to mtn bikers.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Mar 16, 2007]
scvines70
Cross Country Rider

This trail is in awesome shape. It seems to be a lot more burned in compared to when I last rode it. Some of the newer trail sections are a little too tight so the flow is not as good as it could be but it is still a lot of fun.

This trail really worth it if you're in the area.

Customer Service

Ride the beginner loop for a warm up (plus it is a lot of fun) and then head out onto the more advanced trails.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 08, 2006]
Mr RightNow
Cross Country Rider

I'm from out of town and was quite surprised at the quality of this trail. The in-laws took me, wifey, and kids here with the idea that they tour the old buildings while I ride. I didn't read a review on this trail before I came so I was pleasantly surprised. Rolling hills, well maintained, well-marked (even though I managed to end up doing the Outer Loop twice). Everything can be ridden in succession without retracing much. I skipped the beginner part and rode everything else, didn't find the expert part as requiring too much expertise, had some good short climbs. I'll make time to ride this trail every time I come to visit Roakoke now that my sister-in-law lives here.

Customer Service

Skip the beginner part and go out past the water tower, then the endurance loop, then around to the expert loop, then the outer loop.

Similar Products Used:

Only other ones I've ridden down this way: All over Brush Mountain behind Blacksburg.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 24, 2005]
GusTopher
Cross Country Rider

Great mix of technical and flowing singletrack. Short, steep climbs tempered with some nice downhills. Lots of roots and rocks on some climbs make going uphill in wet conditions fairly tough! This place is never crowded, always in good shape and very fun. There are a few options for riding here and they are broken down into beginner (about a mile unto itself), intermediate and expert. There is a nice loop called the endurance loop that is full of some GREAT technical stuff and really fun downhills. The whole area is beautiful and is well worth checking out anytime you are around the area.

Customer Service

Take the beginner trail on the right just as you are leaving the parking lot. This will take about 5-10 minutes and get your legs stretched and blood flowing to start the real riding. Once you are at the end of the beginner, turn left and you'll see the sign for the intermediate trail. Head in and go until you get to the sign marked "downhill", take this trail on the left. Once you exit this, you will be at a 4 way intersection of trail and fireroad. Stay left and avoid the intersection, this continues the intermediate trail. It goes out loops around and cuts back into itself (if you want a real challenge, at this point duck down into the expert tail on the right when you see the sign and you will get another few miles of challenging singletrack) returning you back to the start.

Similar Products Used:

Carvin's Cove, Pandapas (Blacksburg area)

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Feb 14, 2005]
2nd hobby
Weekend Warrior

The trails here are really not technical but it is a good workout.They used to charge 3.00 to ride but they have since dropped the charge so it's a pretty good place to ride because of that . The climbs are not very steep but some are long enough to get your heart pumping. I ride there 4-5 days a week in the spring and summer but hardly ever pass anybody on the trails. You can ride all the trails up there in a couple hours. (About 11 miles.)They are cutting in a few more trails right now but are not open now. You can cut out some of the harder sections if you ride there a few times to familiarize and can cut through the fire roads.

Customer Service

Beginner to intermediate to downhill to outerloop and back to start

Similar Products Used:

Carvins Cove Pandapas Pond

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
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