Fountainhead Regional Park

 61 votes

11.5 Miles 18.6 Kilometers


100%

Singletrack

1,258' 384 m

Ascent

-1,263' -385 m

Descent

259' 79 m

High

124' 38 m

Low

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

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The best combination of trails in Fountainhead Regional Park.

Tom Robson

Overview

Closes at dark and when trail is wet, Call 703.250.9124 for trail status.
Fountainhead Regional Park is a multi-use area on the north shore of the Occoquan Reservoir between Bull Run Marina and Sandy Run Regional Park. The Park is managed by the Northern Regional Park Authority (NVRPA).

Description

Trail Description: The mountain bike trail is a single use series of loops that feature multiple short, steep climbs and several fast descents. Originally 4.5 miles long, an additional 1 mile loop was opened in the spring of 2000. Thanks to a partnership between NVRPA and MORE the trail has been expanded to nearly 15 miles over the past few years. It features a green beginner loop of about 3 miles, an intermediate loop and an advanced loop. The advanced loop starts with an entrance that earns you the rock star award if you make it due to the steep incline, artfully placed rock step ups and a wooden hairpin turn. Other features include 3 drops, multiple rock gardens going up and down hill and super sweet jumps. The black loop will keep your heart pounding from both hard short climbs and thrilling descents. Fountainhead will put a smile on your face that will last for days.
The series of loops is designed for clockwise traffic. Helmets are required and the Park is closed after dark. The trailhead is clearly visible from the parking lot, 0.6 mile from the park entrance. Please be aware that it is easy to pick up significant speed on all sections, even beginner and intermediate loop, so please ride with caution, especially your first time out. The EMS are at this park on a regular basis.

Access Notes: Please remember that access for mountain bikes at Fountainhead is a privilege not a right. Ride only on marked trails, do not cut through switchbacks, and do not alter trail features. Cutting trails or building obstacles without permission of the park is strictly prohibited and can jeopardize access for all.

History & Background

For more than eight years, local riders have enjoyed the MTB Trail at Fountainhead Regional Park. With the support of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority and built through the cooperative effort of MORE, REI and support from the now defunct FAT City Cycles, the trail opened in 1997. Lifetime MORE member Andy Caruthers along with current MORE members Paul Hardy and Larry Cautilli are significantly responsible for the existence of the trail. Featured in the August 2001 issue of Bike Magazine, the Fountainhead trail is described as, "some of the region's most challenging singletrack."

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Sep 24, 2017
Chris Donahoe
11.6mi
Sep 1, 2017
David Stewart
Aug 2, 2017
Zach Dorsey
14.2mi
Jul 22, 2017
Holly Taylor
Hot and sweaty trail with great challenges in 98 degree weather! 6.6mi
Jul 19, 2017
Dan Peterson
92*, love this ride. Too bad I flatted out in a rock garden. Stayed at Pohick county park and went on a few rides in the area. 12.7mi — 2h 24m
Jul 3, 2017
Eric Lewis
Jun 29, 2017
Patrick Tutka
6.5mi — 1h 30m
Jun 15, 2017
Brian Daniels
Dry and dusty in some areas. 5.5mi

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Hey All - It looks like you are missing the last 3 construction projects on the current map for a total of almost 2 miles. My commercial GPS reports approximately 13.0 miles ( ridewithgps.com/trips/4687114) at 1 second pole rates. We know that a professional GPS track walked will produce a distance of almost 15 miles. You all are definitely missing data though Jul 30, 2015

 
One of the best trails groomed for ripping on the east coast. Well taken care of, something for everyone and can be fun and fast. Nov 1, 2015
Hi, I'll be DC on november and I'd like to do a bit of mountain biking at Fountainhead Regional Park. Does anyone know if it is possible to rent an enduro or a trail bike there? Thanks, Virgilio. 1 day ago

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