Wahrani - Trail, West Point, Virginia

Wahrani - Trail, West Point, Virginia

DESCRIPTION

This is a multi-loop bi-directional single track trail system. In January 2007 the existing walking trail system was opened to mountainbikers. In March of 2007 the local mtb organization (Eastern Virginia Mountainbike Association - evma.org) added to the existing trail system and included elements interesting to bikers such as log piles and jumps. Some sections of the trail system are designated for hikers only due to erosion concerns. This trail has interesting terrain and technical features. It has more elevation change than any of the peninsula trails.

USER REVIEWS

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[Nov 28, 2010]
Steve513
Weekend Warrior

Overall the trail can be really fun, however it's not ridden very much and during the fall it's easy to lose the trail. The trail markers are very confusing and seem to change colors constantly. My best advice is to start at the beginning and keep right whenever possible. If you constantly keep right you should finish the outer loop. Also make sure you warm up before you begin, the hardest climb is within the first quarter mile. With better care and understandable trail marking this place would be awesome and would probably get more traffic. If you haven't ridden it yet I would recommend giving it a try. After you are done you can hit the Upper County Park in James City Co. which is only about 7-8 miles from Wahrani and 1-2 Miles from Exit 227 on I-64.

Similar Products Used:

Upper Co. Park.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 29, 2010]
Rob
Cross Country Rider

There is no doubt that this is a short loop (blue loop 3.72 miles). It took me half a dozen times to really get the flow dialed in, but now knowing the flow it's super fun! I really love the variety that this trail has to offer in only a few miles of riding. There is a consistent amount of climbing and to balance that there is a newly added downhill course. The thing I love about this trail is the wilderness feeling. Even though the trailhead is close to highway 30 once you make the first climb you're in the woods the whole time. This trail will keep you on your toes especially if you attempt to hammer through certain sections. I find that this trail is a great one for dialing in shifting and braking skills. Although it's not a "destination" type of trail, it's worth checking out if you live/visit Williamsburg or Richmond. It's only about 5 minutes off of interstate 64.

Customer Service

Blue loop. Just keep going up (right) at forks. After you pass the grave site and bench go right at the next split and you'll be on the top of the downhill course (power lines). Plenty of picnic tables for trials fun in the parking lot :-)

Similar Products Used:

Freedom Park
York River State Park
New Quarter State Park
Jame River Trails in downtown Richmond

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 25, 2010]
fugi
Cross Country Rider

Nothing to great or bad about this trail. Average features and difficulty. My only gripe is that I would rate this trail higher if it were not for the poor signage. This is a multi-use trail and uses different colors to show which trail you should be on but the colors seemed to change are random mid trail. I've been here twice and still cant make heads or tails out of the flow of this place. It's not a bad trail but I would only go if you live in the immediate area.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 22, 2009]
Chris S
Weekend Warrior

Rode Wahrani for the first time today with the EVMA group ride and greatly enjoyed it.
Previous reviews are correct about more elevation change than other area trails (Freedom Park, York River State Park, New Quarter Park), so it's a good chance to use some lower gears that you probably don't use around Williamsburg. When you get to the lollipop section near the back of the trail past the power lines, if you go right you'll have a more gradual uphill, then a short steep uphill switchback, followed by a longer downhill with some turns. If you ride this section in reverse (as I did on the second lap today) and go left when starting the lollipop you'll have a pretty relentless long uphill for a more challenging climb.
The trail system has a nice flow while being more technical than Freedom and NQ. There are a few tight squeezes between trees and plenty of fun , do-able switchbacks both uphill and downhill. There are a few log piles, a few places to jump, and several bridges, but none of the obstacles like at loop C at Freedom Park.
Though the trail is bi-directional, the common way to ride seems to be mostly counter-clockwise. There are some rooty sections and some uphills with a few potentially tricky roots, but overall the trails are fairly smooth and aren't nearly as rooty as Marl Ravine trail at York River. Even though there was a lot of leaf cover today the trail was still easy enough to follow and definitely more visible than York River yesterday, which was buried in leaves.
Overall I rate Wahrani among the tops in the Williamsburg area and will definitely be back. Thanks to the EVMA for another great trail.

Customer Service

Most common way seems to be mostly counterclockwise, but several people who have ridden this before recommend trying the various trail segments in different directions for different experiences. Check out the link to the map from PennyRich's review. There are also several maps posted throughout the trail system.

Similar Products Used:

Freedom Park (climbs aren't nearly as long; lots of jumps, dirt rollers, etc on loop C), New Quarter Park (easier but fast). Marl Ravine trail at York River State Park is a very good trail but the roots drive me nuts!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 04, 2008]
Leakyreef
Weekend Warrior

I really enjoyed this trail. EVMA thank you. This trail IMHO is the most well designed and fun trail in eastern Virginia. I've ridden all the EVMA designed trails on the Virgina Peninsula numerous times and I enjoy this one the most. It makes great use of the existing terrain and flows well. Though not really a long trails, it has some great long downhills and fun climbs, the best on the Peninsula. Switchbacks make the climbs enjoyable and challenging. The only thing I didn't like is the park's proximity to acitve hunting areas(there are signs warning you of this, and not to wander off the trails into adjacent areas). I heard 5-6 gunshots nearby while on the trail.

Customer Service

I rode it counter clockwise

Similar Products Used:

York River State Park, New Quarter

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 09, 2008]
XM Guru
Cross Country Rider

Great trail for an aerobic-type workout as you are either going UP or down. Lots of hills to climb for such a tight area. Also lots of tight turns and switch-backs. Not too technical so it is not a ride that requires alot of concentration like Buttermilk at the James River, but nonetheless, with the hills and tight corners, roots and some logs/jumps, it is enough to keep you occupied as you hammer. As a side note, it is a shame that on a dry sunny day of 85 deg., there were only 2 other parties using this very nicely kept wildlife refuge. It is a gift from the county for your tax dollars.

Customer Service

Take the yellow trail right, go up and around all the S turns, and just follow the yellow trail. At one of the junctions is an unmarked or faded red trail off to the left, I saved this to vary my second loop around. Continue on the yellow trail until it joins with the blue trail. Take the blue trail off to the right, under power lines, around smaller loop, and back to the yellow/blue trail, under power lines. Follow "P" signs to the parking lot. There are some options for varying additional loops so just REPEAT, lather, and rinse.

Similar Products Used:

James River Parks System Richmond -- Buttermilk trail, Pony Pastures, X-terra routes.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Dec 30, 2007]
PennyRich
Cross Country Rider

This trail system has a surprising amount of climbing, downhill, and technical features all packed into a small area. The climbs are longer than York River and there are at least 3 downhills longer and more fun than everyone's favorite at Freedom. It's the best all-around trail in the area. The only possible improvement would be to make it longer.

The trail can be ridden in either direction and is hike/bike, so be alert. Here is a link to a map but it currently doesn't show all the trail.

http://www.co.new-kent.va.us/parks/facilities/WAHRANI06.pdf

Customer Service

Counter-clockwise from the trailhead, go right or straight at all the intersections. Cross the power lines and after an extended climb and a steep technical downhill, turn right and cross a bridge to get to the blue section (lollypop). For a long gradual climb go right at the intersection, or for a short gasping climb go left. Either way brings you to a lookout point with a bench looking towards Westpoint. When you've done the lollypop, go back across the bridge, turn right and cross the powerlines again. Look for the "bike" signs to get back to the trailhead. Now turn around and go back until you go over the bridge that angles up. Turn right onto the section with white markers on the trees and follow it to the top. Turn right at intersection and after a short climb you are at the top of the fastest and most fun downhill. Hop off the right side of the long bridge at the bottom of the downhill and follow trail back to trailhead. If you have energy left, ride the trail clockwise. The climbs are tougher in this direction.

Similar Products Used:

Marl's Ravine at York River State Park
Patriot's Ride at Freedom Park
Redoubt Run at New Quarter Park

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 03, 2007]
carl s
Cross Country Rider

A fresh breath of dirt for local hampton rodes mtbers. fun tight single track and a cool 2 grave cemetary way back in the trail. very cool little creepy. awesome job EVMA !!

Customer Service

RIDE EM ALL

Similar Products Used:

FREEDOM, york river

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 20, 2007]
MtnBkrBob
Cross Country Rider

Awesome new XC trail by EVMA. I find this trail to be the most technically challenging in the area. Lots of tight flowing switchbacks interspersed with short steep climbs and plenty of off-chamber. You can’t ride this one on autopilot. The flow is still fairly consistent, but there are more places where you have to really focus. Several bridge crossings and short step, winding climbs require your undivided attention. A couple fairly long climbs (as compared to other local trails). Ground is soft (for now). Traction is great. EVMA seemed to take the best of many of the other local trails and build them into this one. Nice job.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 16, 2007]
Jumping Spider
Weekend Warrior

The trail kept you thinking with lots of hummocks, hills, obstacles, and tight twisty turns. It's not a trail to get a lot of speed on, but it will sharpen your technical skills. The only problem I had was finding my way around, despite a map posted at the trail entrance (another rider commented that it was both a trail and a puzzle). The posted colors for the trail (on the trail) are confusing, and don't seem to always correspond to the map. I seldom knew where I was at trail intersections and found myself riding in circles a few times. A little better signage at trail intersections (or a map that could be carried) could go a long way for this park. Anybody need a project?

Customer Service

After some more rides, perhaps I will have a recommendation.

Similar Products Used:

Upper County Park
Marl Ravine Trail

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
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