Virginia Bike Trails
This page is about off-road bike trails, bike paths, greenways, and rail-trails. Scroll down to for links to our weblog articles. For on-road bike routes, see our Virginia Bike Routes page.
Maintaining a comprehensive listing of all Virginia bike trails would be a monumental task. Some local and regional directories are fairly complete and regularly updated, with useful maps, descriptions, driving directions, etc. So we’re compiling a listing of these, along with some individual trails.
This page is a work in progress. Please send updates and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Statewide Trail Directories
The Washington and Old Dominion Trail is a 45 mile long, 100′ wide park connecting much of northern Virginia; from Shirlington at the eastern end to Purcellville at the western, running through Vienna, Reston, Herndon, and Leesburg.
For information about trails close to the DC area, Arlington County has a trail directory at CommuterPage.com
Though it hasn’t been updated in awhile, Bike Washington’s trail directory is comprehensive and informative, with nice maps.
The High Bridge Trail runs through Cumberland, Nottoway and Prince Edward counties, and the towns of Burkeville, Farmville, Pamplin City, Prospect and Rice. As of June 2009, 26 of 34 miles have been completed.
Dan Casey’s Blue Ridge Biking Archive is one of the best guides to biking in southwest Virginia, on-road or off.
The mountain biking page at Roanoke Outside is excellent.
The Huckleberry Trail runs 6 miles from downtown Blacksburg to the New River Valley Mall in Christiansburg. It’s popular for both commuting and recreation. Soon to be extended from the mall to the Christiansburg Rec Center; and at the other end to Pandapas Pond, a popular mountain biking and hiking area.
Radford has a great trail network along the New River in Bisset Park, and up through Wildwood Park. These are great for family rides with small children. An unused railway trestle across the New River could someday give the Fairlawn neighborhood direct access to these parks and downtown.
The New River Trail runs 57 miles along the New River from Pulaski to Galax. A recently dedicated extension connects with downtown Pulaski.
The Virginia Creeper Trail is known all over the US and beyond, for its scenic beauty and unique all-downhill possibilities. A must-do for all cyclists! Novices can take a shuttle to the top of the hill, and ride downhill for 17 miles. Seasoned pedalers can ride both ways, uphill and down.
Southeast Virginia — Hampton Roads
The Virginia Capital Trail will connect the past and present capitals of Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Richmond, along the Scenic Route 5 corridor. As of spring 2008, 38 out of 55 miles are either completed, under construction, or in development. Governor Kaine hopes to have the trail completed by 2010. VDOT also maintains a guide to the Capital Trail.
- Did You Know About the Fountainhead Trail Improvements? February 18, 2014 0 comments
- Bike Test on Amtrak’s Capitol Limited October 16, 2013 6 comments
- Thank You, Liz Belcher, for Giving Us the Roanoke Greenway June 12, 2013 0 comments
- Huckleberry Trail Nears Completion May 7, 2013 0 comments
- New MTB Trails in SW VA — Round Mountain in Bland County January 8, 2013 1 comment
- New VA East Coast Greenway Guide Published November 14, 2012 3 comments
- High Bridge Trail’s “High Bridge” Finally Opens April 11, 2012 2 comments
- Share the Trails Wisely with Equestrians & Hikers April 2, 2012 0 comments
- The Virginia Mountain Bike Trail — 480 Miles Along the Appalachians November 12, 2011 7 comments
- Southside’s Tobacco Heritage Trail Making Progress October 18, 2011 0 comments