ElevationAscent: 26' 8 m
Descent: -71' -22 m
High: 145' 44 m
Low: 86' 26 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 5% (3°)
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“Rocky singletrack in the James River Park system.”— Rob Tompkins
Just after the exit to the Reedy Creek area (the 5 foot abrupt stone climb), there is a connector on the right for access to the Forrest Hill Park section of the trail. Buttermilk continues straight as opposed to taking this right.
After this intersection the trail continues east for a mile going over a low ladder bridge over a swampy section as well as making a slight climb and descent. There are a considerable number of rocky sections that make maintaining speed difficult.
Eventually a fork comes up in the trail. Taking either the left fork or right fork keep you on the trail, the left is just slightly easier. After the forks reconvene continue east until you cross a parking lot and climb a hill.
At the top of this hill you'll come up on some stone steps, a kiosk, and a bridge that crosses the railroad tracks on your left. This is the intersection where Buttermilk Proper ends and you can either continue on straight to begin Buttermilk East or turn left to head towards Belle Isle and the Bike Skills Course.
To begin Buttermilk East, continue straight down the steep root section (or carry your bike down) and follow the trail into the trees. To continue left on to Belle Isle, walk across this bridge and down the steps on the other side (some people have been known to ride down the stairs, but I don't as to not tear up my tires). At the bottom of the steps you can take two ways to get to Belle Isle: 1. the easier of the two directionally, along the fence that borders the railroad tracks, or 2. go down left and pick your way along a path that has been made on top of a cement pipe amongst slickrock and trees (note that you'll have to make a right to make it up to the bridge over to Belle Isle to continue on the ride). Both routes will result with you ending up on the car access bridge to Belle Isle on its south side.
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Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Need to Know, Features, Electic Mountain Bikes Allowed
Local Club: rvaMORE
May 5, 2019: rva MORE Social Mountain Bike Ride
Feb 13, 2019: New Hiking Trails at Pocahontas!
Feb 2, 2019: North Bank Trail Extended
Land Manager: City of Richmond, VA - Parks and Recreation
Mar 28, 2020: New Bike-Walk Boulevard Project Beginning April 1
Mar 27, 2020: March 27 COVID-19 Public Briefing
Mar 26, 2020: Informe al público sobre el COVID-19 - 25 de marzo