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John Blair Trail

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13.0 Miles 20.9 Kilometers



451' 138 m


-453' -138 m



Avg Grade (1°)


Max Grade (5°)

118' 36 m


39' 12 m


Shared By Donovan Fitzgerald



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

Donovan Fitzgerald

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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!


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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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
Apr 26, 2018
Micah Mohlmann
Mar 29, 2018
Mike Trumpfheller
Feb 28, 2018
Donovan Fitzgerald
Sections A & B
Nov 17, 2017
Douglas Miller

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Super fun easy and flowing trail. Section C is a bit of moderate punchy climbs and around some steep ravines but does give nice river overlooks. Section E is a beeotch with its surprising 2.7mi (i went alphabetically). Overall a wonderful easy long pedal through the woods with a few fun spots. Great cardio scenic route. Sep 20, 2017

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