Slave Trail to the Pirate Trails

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5.5 Miles 8.8 Kilometers


75%

Singletrack

338' 103 m

Ascent

-342' -104 m

Descent

68' 21 m

High

9' 3 m

Low

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Unknown

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Easier singletrack than the other bits in the James River Park System.

Rob Tompkins

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For every continuous inch of rain fallen, the trails should be left to dry for 24 hours.
This is a nice "lollipop" ride offering more beginner-friendly terrain than many of the surrounding trails.

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From the "Mayo Bridge" on 14th street, look for a paved path on the upstream side of the south end of the bridge. Follow this to a road that also intersects the flood wall. Take a left continuing under the I-95 bridge. As you are under the I-95 bridge, look for a trail to begin on the left. This is the start of the lollipop. Follow this for a ways to a parking lot.

This parking lot has a boat ramp...pass the ramp looking for a kiosk on the left. The stem of the lollipop continues here. Follow the Ancarrow's Landing Trail across a gravel road. The trail continues to a fork. This fork represents the beginning/ending of the loop. Personally I prefer the loop in the counter-clockwise direction, but it is good in either direction. After considerable rain, there may be small portions that contain deep water (1ft - 2ft) for a short portion.

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Nov 28, 2015
Chris Roberts
Jun 14, 2015
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Long soft sluggish ride to the trail head. Mostly flat with a few nice berm sections within, but not a destination imo. 5.5mi

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This is a great trail for the JRPS. Sure it's not as technical and a bit flat but I really enjoyed it. Great way of extending the main loop of North Bank to Buttermilk + Forest Hill. Plus the good folks at RVA MORE and I helped build Buttermilk East to ride over there. If you're looking to add some extra mileage on and want a great warm-up/cool-down loop, this is the one. May 1, 2015


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