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Wakefield Park

Average Rating:    (3.73 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 71

Awsome, very rough, lots of jumps, little uphill, great trails
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Latitude
38.822958759696036
Longitude
-77.22405910491943
Trail Directions
Trail Length
unknown
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Fairfax
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Review Date
July 31, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: fesch ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Over 12 miles of trails. There are trails that stay in the trees and a few that are under the power lines. The creek trail follows Accotink Creek through the park and is beautiful when the blue bells are in bloom. I prefer the bowl area behind the softball fields as it has logs and short climbs and some swoopy trail. Trails that descend from the power tower are nice as well. You can go down banked S curves, take a trail that pops into the woods and allows you to cruise through the woods or sweat on trails that parallel the power line. The short trails near the tennis courts are fun too. Wakefield is well maintained, but it gets lots of use and some trails are a mix of armored sections and mud holes - Salamander gets this way too often. Wakefield has a lot of fun trails.

Recommended Route:
I suggest getting to the hill with the power tower and choosing your trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Accotink is Wakefield's rustic brother.



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Review Date
June 17, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: cdascott ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is a terrific, but exceptionally challenging trail. MORE has obviously put in some time on Wakefield and it shows - there are some brilliant banked turns, plenty of markers and a good variety of terrain and pace. With that said, as a relative novice I found the trail challenging - rock gardens and tight twists at the bridges kept me from maintaining much speed, even if it's relatively flat, and I also managed to lose my way a couple times. Still, a great trail, easy to get to, well worth a ride for beginner or expert.

Recommended Route:
Follow the road to the recreation center and park by the recycle bins. Take the fire road behind these for a ways until you see the power station; from here you can go down to the left or carry on right to the single track on the right.



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Review Date
July 6, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Johnny No.5 ,  Racer

Summary:
This place is the poop if you like jumping! The rhythm sections range from a little loop run over tabletops to hitting some of the biggest doubles i've seen. the dual-slalom course is fast and hairy. Hopefully by the end of the summer i'll have the balls to hit the "browns" but if not, it's still a blast.

Recommended Route:
Find the jumps and stay there!



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Review Date
April 17, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: iammike ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Hadn't been to Wakefield in probably 6-7 years (college, starting a career, etc), but decided to venture back one Wednesday afternoon. The work that has gone in to the trail since then is pretty incredible. There's a great berm trail at the top of the powerlines, there is a newly developed section with rock gardens, bridges, and well-developed cambered corners... I only spent about an hour as I was trying to reserve some energy for when a friend arrived (he didn't, so sad), but one could easily spend 2 hours at a time without getting bored. Tack on Accotink right across the way and you've got the absolute best weeknight riding in the DC Area.

MY RATING COMMENTS
Aerobic: it simply isn't that tough. No extended climbs, relatively low speeds.
Technical: I didn't come off my bike once and I haven't really ridden (minus commuting) in 3-4 years.
Overall: I reserve 5 for something that is perfect. To be perfect, a trail must be in the mountains or be something I'd travel hours for. Huge props to the people who have worked on the park, though, I hope to start riding there weekly (any chance somebody could remedy the traffic on 50 from Arlington?).

Recommended Route:
Head back past the tennis courts towards the power lines... I mostly played around on the yellow trail and the new section, which is pretty much at the back of the park, but next to the power line field.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Accotink, Fountainhead.



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Review Date
March 24, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: oldskoolbiker ,  Downhiller

Summary:
I would have to rate Wakefield park as the best place to Mountain bike in Northern VA. Who would expect mountain bike heaven right off the Capital Beltway. Anyway, first I would say don't pay attention to any reviews older than like a year. This place is constantly evolving. The last two years the county working with the local bike club MORE, hired IMBA to build trails. Last year they put in a huge berm trail that is downhill with about 10 6ft high berms. This year they added about two miles of trails with rock gardens and nice bermed turns.

The park isn't that big, but they have made the most of the space. Basically mountain bike trails are everywhere, twisting all around the park. I would guess within the limits of the park there are about 10 miles of trails, but at any given moment you are at most about 1 mile from the parking lot.

As far as the difficulty of the trails, there are no major climbs or major downhills. The single track can be technical in some areas with logs, rock gardens, berms. There are a few large logs, couple of log rides, and other technical features. These all have go arounds for less skilled riders. There are no real advanced features like skinny's, drops or teeters.

Total beginners can do a loop with not much climbing or technical features, other than logs, to get their first taste of singletrack.

Advanced riders will keep entertained by the flowing singletrack which can be ridden quite fast without long climbs to slow you down. And if you want to kick it up a notch. The park allows night riding on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday until 10:30PM.

Recommended Route:
Park near the recycle bins in the parking lot of the RECenter. Head out the dirt road and you will see the the trails. Just start riding. You can follow the Yellow arrows for about a 5 mile loop, or just ride trails are everywhere.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Accotink trails nearby and can be ridden to from Wakefield via the CCT trail. There is another 5+ miles of singletrack there, which is a little more advanced than the trails at Wakefield.

Fountainhead is about 25min south of Wakefield, and is a 8 mile loop. Fountainhead has much more climbing than Wakefield, and the trails aren't as beginner friendly.



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