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John Blair Trail

Intermediate
 4.0 (17) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A singletrack that will challenge along the way as well as provide a nice escape with views.


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Map Key

13.0

Miles

20.9

KM

100%

Singletrack

118' 36 m

High

39' 12 m

Low

451' 138 m

Up

453' 138 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

9%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Overview

This singletrack works its way throughout the York River Park while crossing many of it's multi-use trails. You can enter or exit this trail at any point along the way to tailor your days ride. You'll find some technical obstructions along the way, but they can be bypassed if desired. John Blair Trail: Section C provides some great views of the York River!

Description

The 9.5-mile John Blair Trail can be accessed from many points along the way by using the park's multi-use trails. This trail can start off the Bobcat Run Trail, but in this case, it was started off the multi-use Pamunkey Trail.

The trail signs assign a new alphabetic designation at each multi-use trail crossing. This map begins at John Blair Trail: Section A and continues through sections John Blair Trail: Section B, John Blair Trail: Section C, John Blair Trail: Section D, John Blair Trail: Section E, John Blair Trail: Section F, John Blair Trail: Section G and ends at the terminus of the Backbone Trail.

I have included photos of every trail crossing so that you may choose where you would like to start and stop your ride if the full 9.5 miles doesn't appeal to you. I found John Blair Trail: Section B to be one of the harder sections, John Blair Trail: Section C to have the best views of the York River and John Blair Trail: Section E to be the longest and most frustrating because it approaches and backs away from the Whitetail Trail for such a long time without crossing it.

The first and last sections are the easiest which allows for a leg warm up and cool down. You return to the parking lot via the multi-use Backbone Trail.

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Donovan Fitzgerald

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 17 votes

#1589

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  4.0 from 17 votes
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Photos

A tree is down blocking the trail about halfway through the section. We had to walk our bikes around. The tree is leaning against another tree & looks like the continuous rain lately has caused the tree to fall.
Oct 31, 2020 near William…, VA
Fire Road
Jul 11, 2018 near William…, VA
You can spend a whole day here and you'll sleep well that night!
Mar 24, 2021 near William…, VA
Look for this sign marking the beginning of Section D off the Powhatan Forks East Trail.
Feb 11, 2017 near William…, VA
The Backbone Trail offers ample opportunity to observe history.
Feb 19, 2017 near William…, VA
This sign marks the beginning of Section E off the Riverview Trail.
Feb 11, 2017 near William…, VA

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Sep 25, 2019
Richard Schmiedeke
Outstanding fast, windy, singletrack. Very well designed, built, and maintained trail. Nice park! Highly recommend!
Apr 16, 2019
k w
Apr 7, 2019
John Russell
Set and accomplished a goal to ride entire trail without walking. 15mi — 2h 30m
Apr 1, 2019
Ralph McConnell
nice ride 12.8mi — 2h 10m
Sep 22, 2018
Tammy Akey
Nice mellow trail with plenty of tight turns. Very well maintained.
Aug 12, 2018
Joshua B
There’s a lot of trails allowing for a lot of different options in this park. Parking is $4.
Jul 14, 2018
James Flanigan
the circuit is rather flat and is actually a green trail not a blue trail 11mi
May 12, 2018
Joe Danz