When it comes to planning your next biking adventure, look no further than the hundreds of miles of trails snaking through the Virginia State Parks. Home to some of the best views and waterways in Virginia, there’s no better way to take it all in than from your saddle.
Want to try an all-day or multi-day excursion? New River Trail State Park is a 57-mile linear park in southwest Virginia running from Galax to Pulaski. Between the rail trail’s gentle slope and the beautiful views of the New River, this is a great option for riders of all abilities. With three primitive campsites, plus several parking lots, picnic shelters, and restrooms, along the way, you can design your trip to fit your style. Just off the main trail, the Hoover Mountain Biking Area offers additional space for beginner and intermediate mountain bikers looking to loop together some more miles. If you’re in the mood for a shorter day trip, traverse 31 miles on High Bridge Trail State Park. Take in the views from High Bridge, a historic landmark, as you bike 2,400 feet across the Appomattox River flowing 125 feet below.
Looking to ride some sweet singletrack and scenic routes? Pocahontas State Park has more than 70 miles of directional mountain bike and multi-use trails. As part of the IMBA Bronze Level Richmond Regional Ride Center, this park has all the flow and obstacles you could want out of a challenging course, including hand cycle-friendly trails. Douthat State Park features an additional 35+ miles of excellent riding, especially for intermediate and experienced riders. A waterfall, view of the lake, and switchbacks abound in this mountainous destination. Reserve a cabin or campsite to more fully enjoy all of the hiking, fishing, and paddling opportunities this park provides. In eastern Virginia, the trails at York River State Park allow you to explore a variety of coastal habitats by bike. This rare estuarine environment where freshwater and saltwater meet is home to marshes and forests with views from the riverbank. Although it is a day-use park, there is some excellent fishing and kayaking available when you’re done in the saddle.
With dozens of state parks dotting the Virginia landscape from the Atlantic Ocean to the Appalachian Mountains, you’re sure to find one that fits your sense of adventure. Pump up your tires, grab your helmet, and head out to a Virginia State Park today.
All photos courtesy of Virginia State Parks