The next generation of mountain bike trail maps and trail information. In a partnership with IMBA, the MTBProject offers an international listing of 60,282 miles in 17,224 trails. An interactive site that allows you to share your rides, trails and photos.
Other Regional Mountain Bike Trails:
Powhite Park Trail – Richmond City Park
Poor Farm Park Trails – Hanover County Park
Mountain Bike Rules of the Trail
IMBA developed the “Rules of the Trail” to promote responsible and courteous conduct on shared-use trails. Keep in mind that conventions for yielding and passing may vary in different locations, or with traffic conditions.
- Riding Wet Trails: We ask our trail users to observe the 24 hours / 1″ rain rule – meaning stay off of the trails for 24 hours for every inch of rain the falls. During freeze-thaw periods, ride while the trails are frozen or wait until they have melted and dried.
- Ride Open Trails: Respect trail and road closures — ask a land manager for clarification if you are uncertain about the status of a trail. Do not trespass on private land. Obtain permits or other authorization as required. Be aware that bicycles are not permitted in areas protected as state or federal Wilderness.
- Leave No Trace: Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage than dry ones. When the trail is soft, consider other riding options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don’t cut switchbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in.
- Control Your Bicycle: Inattention for even a moment could put yourself and others at risk. Obey all bicycle speed regulations and recommendations, and ride within your limits.
- Yield Appropriately: Do your utmost to let your fellow trail users know you’re coming — a friendly greeting or bell ring are good methods. Try to anticipate other trail users as you ride around corners. Bicyclists should yield to other non-motorized trail users, unless the trail is clearly signed for bike-only travel. Bicyclists traveling downhill should yield to ones headed uphill, unless the trail is clearly signed for one-way or downhill-only traffic. In general, strive to make each pass a safe and courteous one.
- Never Scare Animals: Animals are easily startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement or a loud noise. Give animals enough room and time to adjust to you. When passing horses, use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders (ask if uncertain). Running cattle and disturbing wildlife are serious offenses.
- Plan Ahead: Know your equipment, your ability and the area in which you are riding and prepare accordingly. Strive to be self-sufficient: keep your equipment in good repair and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.
Portions of the trails are designed to be technically challenging. DO NOT modify the trail or create alternate routes to bypass challenging features.
Pocahontas State Park Trail Guide:
“Ride Center” is an official designation of the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) for a large-scale collection of mountain bike trails that offer recreational opportunities for all skill levels, from families to expert. Currently, there are less than 17 locations worldwide which have received this prestigious designation.
The Richmond Regional Ride Center (RRRC) is a collaborative effort to address the public demand for outdoor recreation areas and facilities in Central Virginia. The goal is to rehabilitate 15 miles of existing mountain bike trail at Pocahontas State Park, and construct an additional 20 miles. A combination of existing world-class trails in the James River Park System and the trails at Pocahontas State Park will provide over 70 miles of offroad cycling, making the Central Virginia area a destination-worthy resource.