Bicycle and running trails in the East End (UPDATED)

10/16/2014 12:17 PM by

Inspired by a post on reddit/r/rva and glimpses of trails I’d seen earlier this year down by Gillies Creek, I went out looking for running/mountain bike trails in the area.

After some poking around, I discovered a great, fast linear trail along Gillies Creek, with a nice turn-around loop at the east end (#1). This feels like the first half of the hypothetical East End Greenway… There’s a spur off to Chimborazo Park (#2), and I was able to stay off-road all the way up to 31st Street on the way back out.

Continuing across Jennie Scher, there is more trail on the other side of the tracks (#3). There is an option to the right that climbs up to Accomac and Kemp in Montrose Heights. There’s another short trail (not on the map) at the other end of that block of Accomac that drops down between Beth Torah Cemetery and Sir Moses Montefiore Cemetery on Jennie Scher. If you stick to the left after crossing Jennie Scher, there is more technical ride with some good climbing and a lot of up and down. Kind of feels like more rough version of some of the Forest Hills trails.

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There is another more winding set of trails west of Williamsburg Avenue (#4), where the brewery is proposed. While some of these trails feel abandoned, there’s also a nice run towards Nicholson Street that someone has obviously put some effort into. It would be great to see some kind of trail connection maintained through this property, especially when the Virginia Capital Trail makes it to Richmond.

Anybody know of any other trails in the area?

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Running and mountain bike trails in the East End

Running and mountain bike trails in the East End




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