Virginia Mountain Biking Opportunities: Meadowood Trail
The Meadowood Special Recreation Management Area is located approximately 20 miles south of the Nation’s capital in Lorton, VA. It offers nearly 7 miles of biking trails open year round to the public, from sunrise to sunset. The South Branch Loop Trail is a beginner trail that totals 4.7 miles of mixed use hiking and biking and is one of only a few natural surface trails open to mountain bikes on public land in the greater Washington, D.C. area. There are three intermediate trails that were constructed solely dedicated to mountain biking. The "Boss" and "Stinger" trails combine to provide 1.5 miles of trail with a great deal of technical variety. They boast a 300 foot Progressive Bike Ramp, multiple table tops, wooden skinnies, and large fast wooden berms. The "Yard Sale" is a fun, fast, free flowing trail that totals .67 miles. The trails were constructed in partnership with; the Mid-Atlantic off Road Enthusiasts (MORE), the Trail Solutions (TS) Team from the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA), and the American Hiking Society (AHS). In the event of inclement weather, please call 703-339-3462.
One of the Bureau of Land Management's "Backyard to Backcountry" treasures, information on the Meadowood Grand Tour was developed between IMBA and the Lower Potomac Field Office of the BLM office to provide world-class riding experiences. IMBA's data on the trail includes elevations, ratings, current conditions, photos, and comments.
Need to Know
Plan Your Visit
- Season Dates: January 1 - December 31
- Fee: None
- Size: 7 miles
- Elevation Gain/Loss: 1,000+ feet
- Difficulty: Trails range from beginner to intermediate
- From Washington, DC, follow Interstate 395 south 9 miles to Interstate 95 at the Springfield interchange. Continue on Interstate 95 approximately 6 miles to the Lorton exit (Exit 163). At the exit, turn left onto Lorton Road. Follow Lorton Road 0.5 mile to Armistead Road, and turn right. Follow Armistead Road 1 mile to U.S. Highway 1. Turn right onto U.S. Highway 1 and follow it approximately 2 miles to Gunston Road. Carefully turn left onto Gunston Road, and follow Gunston Road approximately 2 miles to Meadowood on the right.
- Meadowood Special Recreation Management Area
- Meadowood Visitor Contact Station
- Meadowood For Kids
- Eastern States Recreation Partnerships
Lower Potomac Field Station
Bureau of Land Management
10406 Gunston Road
Lorton, VA 22079
CONNECTING WITH COMMUNITIES
The BLM and MTB Project are Connecting with Communities through a National partnership to provide an interactive ride experience. MTB project hosts the next generation of mountain bike trail maps. Click the MTB Project icon to access all the information you'll need to plan your next ride.