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 a day spent in 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. 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. This park has all the flow and obstacles you could want out of a challenging course, including hand cycle-friendly trails. Be sure to check out the newest trails at the Swift Creek Trail System in the park.
In eastern Virginia, the trails at York River State Park allow you to explore a variety of coastal habitats by bike. More than 18 miles of trail, ranging from easy to difficult, snake through this rare estuarine environment where freshwater and saltwater meet. The mountain bike-only trails allow you to push yourself as you ride through marshes and forests with views from the riverbank.
An additional ten miles of multi-use trails weave through the forest of Fairy Stone State Park. Bike along the lake shore, view spectacular wildflowers and a waterfall, and climb up to stunning overlooks. While exploring, keep an out for the legendary fairy stones, a naturally occurring stone formation, that can be found throughout this landscape.
With 41 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!