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A Rainy Grand Opening for Mountain Bikers

The Eastern Virginia Mountain Bike Association would not let the threat of rain stop them from showing off their newest addition to the trails at York River State Park.

They have completed the first five mile stretch of the John Blair, Jr. Mountain Bike Trail.  On Saturday, June 8th, the EVMA, Friends of York River State Park, and the park staff celebrated the occasion with a "Meet & Greet/Pack the Track" ride and picnic. State Parks Marketing Director Nancy Heltman joined us and gave words on behalf of the Virginia State Parks. Also offering words of thanks were Park Manager Russell Johnson, Chief Ranger Brad Thomas, and EVMA President Clair Walizer. About 20 riders braved the weather and 20 more guest enjoyed the delicious food provided by the Friends group. 

on the new trail

The current section of the John Blair, Jr. Trail is 5.5 miles long and is rated for beginner and intermediate riders. It can be picked up on a loop on Bobcat Run Mountain Bike Trail. It ends at the multi-purpose Riverview Trail that leads to a secluded beach. Along the way, riders enjoy a variety of creek valley views and hidden woodland streams. There are also intersections with the Pamunkey, Majestic Oak, and Powhatan Forks Trails before ending at Riverview. When completed, the JBT will total 12 miles and end at the Whitetail trail.

 

Sections A,B,C, and D are ready to ride

The trail is named for a local colonial hero who signed the U.S. Constitution. Blair once owned Taskinas Plantation, where our park is currently located. Bikers, hikers, and horseback riders can visit the remains of the plantation seat at the intersection of Powhatan Forks and Spur Trails. You can also visit this and other sites by participating in the Plantation Hayride program in July and August.

 

EVMA builds, maintains, and rides the bike trails

The partnership between York River State Park, Friends of York River State Park and the Eastern Virginia Mountain Bike Association has proven to be very productive in encouraging park guest to enjoy a healthy, outdoor lifestyle.  We hope that you and your family will visit and explore our trails.

35 miles of trails await you

Directions to York River State Park:  From I-64, take the Croaker Exit 231B. Go north on Route 607 (Croaker Rd.) for one mile, then right on Route 606 (Riverview Rd.) about one and a half miles to the park entrance. Take a left turn into the park.


Published: 06/13/2013


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