Trails at Pipestem State Park - TRAIL

Trails at Pipestem State Park - Trail, Princeton, Virginia

You can start the trail from three different locations. You can either start off on a horse trail that takes you through a series of low grade up and down hills or you can jump straight into the downhill. The downhill starts off very technical. Its so rocky that your wheels aren't onthe ground long enough to slow down or even pick a line. It's deffinately a white knuckler. Then it goes into a very smooth, very fast and narrow downhill. It's wide open from here just make sure you have good breaks and tires and plenty of armor. The turns are very tricky. If you screw up your in the tree tops. And don't worry about the ride back up. There's a tram waiting for you at the bottom. just cross the river get on the road and turn right. It's about a half a mile. RIDE HARD! RIDE FREE!

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always bleedin   [Jan 23, 2001]

WELL.. its u have a fully.. for the love of god take it. ITs all hardcore. The first down hill is so hard. its fast and U might want to use disc brakes if yea got um. Its really fast and hard. after u get to the bottom just ride hard and fast. If u don't it will beat u do death. Then get ready to carry up a creak bed. with BIG rocks so u can't push your bike. with water and rocks and mud + so more hill and water and more of the rocks. then u get to ride up some more hill till u get to the lake. this ride is hardcore. its a 6 mile lap. at the race I did 3 laps of this and wanted to die.
peace

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just go to the park. then go to the mail building. its right across the road and down the hill. its the pipe steam spring race trail.

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Eye Doc   [Mar 05, 2002]

Heading down the river trail is an all-out downhill, with possibilities of exceding 25-30mph if you go balls out. You'll climb and descend over a few knobs, and cross a few watery/rocky/muddy sections. Then you'll eventually split left onto the county line trail. This trail begins as a fast, fun, and beautiful ride...but once you reach the waterfall / ranger gate, it becomes hell. Steep climbs and rocky terrain, but you'll eventually reach the top. Then you'll find the Lake View trailhead, and it's like a washboard down to the Lake Shore trail. This is a beautiful trail, and is pretty easy, which comes as a relief after County Line.
For another great ride, go all the way down the River Trail, cross the river, and ride the trail along the river past the Mountain Creek Lodge. This is some beautiful, yet fairly techical riding.

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River Trail>>County Line Trail>>Lake View Trail>>Lake Shore Trail

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Scott Greene   [Jan 09, 2003]

The trails at Pipestem are not single track, they are wide fire roads with some sections of double track. I am not very impressed with the trails in the state park. They need to add some new trails or let local cyclists buld new trail...hint hint Mr. Park Manager. I do recommend riding the River Trail down to the Bluestone River, cross the river and head down the river along the Bluestone Turnpike Trail, this is a fantastic ride with real single track along the river, a super fast downhill to the river. The only problem; once you get to the Bluestone State Park you will have to double back, car pool back or ride the road back. The road ride is not that bad, you can take RT 20 north for a short distance, then get on the True Road which is a very nice backroad with little traffic. The entire loop is about 26 miles.

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I like to start at the lodge, ride to the Law Hollow Trail, take Law Hollow down to the trail around the lake, ride up the Nature Center, and then take the County Line Trail to the River Trail back to the Lodge.

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Eye Doc   [Jun 13, 2003]

The last reviewer was right in that the River Trail is pretty much a fire road. Once you get on County Line, it turns to double track. County Line is a fun trail until you get to the last 1/2 mile or so. Then it is steep and brutile climbing the rest of the way. Stop at the nature center at the top and go in and look at the snakes (it's a nice little break). From there, you can go out across the main road and jump on trail that you see crossing in front of you. Make sure you go left, then take a right on Lake View which will take you down to the lake. There are several trails that funnel down to the lake. I like to take the main rode from the nature center to the South Side trail. The trail head is adjacent to the park headquarters. This winds up and down the hill and eventually hits the Lake Shore trail. Lake Shore is fun and fast. It loops around the lake and is about 2.5 to 3 miles long. From Lake Shore, just pick a trail and ride out. You will either end up on the main road or at the parking lot.
NOW...Although this is a beautiful place to ride, the trail maintainance could be a bit better. Whenever a tree falls, it takes them 3 weeks to clear it off the trail. AND THE %&$*@#* HORSES!!! The have destroyed the LAKE VIEW trail and left many of the other trails looking rough. I don't understand why bikers are expected to perform trail maintainance, but the horse riders don't do jack.
Still, if you're looking for good scenery or a good place to spend the weekend and ride (they have a pretty nice lodge, 2 restaurants, and camping), you really need to go and check it out.

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If you love climbing, start at the lodge, then head down River Trail to the County Line Trail, climb up to the nature center, then go out to the main road and turn left. Stay on the main road for about 1/2 mile and look for the South Side trail head on the right. Take South Side to Lake Shore Trail, then go right. Take Lake Shore to Den Tree, which winds its way up to the parking lot.

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