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Marl Ravine Trail

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Length

5.5 Miles 8.8 Kilometers


Singletrack

Elevation

228' 70 m

Ascent

-228' -70 m

Descent

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

10%

Max Grade (6°)

101' 31 m

High

38' 12 m

Low

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A fun ride with short steep rooty climbs and fast descents in and out of the ravine.

Ruben Hernandez

Overview

For park specific information, please visit their website
atvirginiastateparks.gov or call Customer
Service Center at 1-800-933-PARK (7275).
Features: -none- [Add/Remove]
Family Friendly: This is a VA State Park.
Dogs: Leashed

Description [Suggest Changes]

Average time to complete is ~40 minutes based on Strava data. My first ride on the trail took about 55 minutes.

Starting from the parking area just past the rangers kiosk, make your way back towards the ranger station and up a short paved path to a fire road. This fire road is called Back Bone Trail. You'll continue for about 1-mile and the entrance to Marl Ravine trail is on the right. Cross over Meh Te Kos Bridle trail, which is a Horse Trail, and you'll see a sign on the right and a picnic table on the left. This is a ONE WAY TRAIL and has a few sections that shoot off the main trail but merge back on a bit further down.

The trail is fun and winding. It has some short steep climbs, which can be difficult to conquer when there are leaves on the ground. It also has short steep descents with some pretty fun switch backs.There are a few bridges that get across the small creeks that flow through this area. As for the rest of the trail, there's not much in the way of technical features but you do get the occasional placed rock garden and log. It can get rooty in some places but nothing too gnarly.

In my opinion, and this is just my opinion, if you are an XC kinda rider this trail is for you. It will definitely get the blood pumping.

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Apr 15, 2018
Christopher Wright
Oct 25, 2017
Julio Fernandez
Fun
Oct 2, 2017
Steve V
good no big jumps 5.7mi
Oct 1, 2017
Richard Peters
Sep 10, 2017
Tyler Burnett
May 17, 2017
Joshua Horwath
Feb 5, 2017
Donovan Fitzgerald
It was as tough as I remembered. These switchbacks are grueling on the thighs. I wasn't ready to attack this you yet. I shall return! 3mi

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  4.1 from 7 votes

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