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VA-Laurel Hill

Laurel Hill
8400 Lorton Rd; Lorton, VA

Trail Liaison: Chris Morin, LaurelHill@more-mtb.org
Upcoming Trailwork Days: Saturday March 27

Description:


Laurel Hill is one of the newest trail systems in the region. This property is now maintained by The Fairfax County Park Authority, following their take-over of the retired Lorton Correctional Facility. The newly developed trails criss cross the open fields and woods of the original facility connecting in several places with the 41-mile long Fairfax County Cross County Trail (CCT).

While on the trail, riders will note that most of the original building infrastructure is still in place (although much of it is in various states of disrepair). Although intended for multi-use, the trail system was designed by Mountain Bikers with a great flowing experience in mind. There are, however, a few advanced trail features in specific skill areas of the trail. This experience is in plain sight of the original guard towers, prison buildings, old inmate work farms, utility buildings, and other remnants of a once large correctional facility.

Notes: The trail network crosses active roads and driveways, including Lorton and Furnace roads. Riders should exercise caution crossing these roads, especially as drivers will not be used to seeing cyclists in these areas. Some sight lines are limited. Additionally, most of this trail system is open to hikers and equestrians. Look out for other trail users and follow IMBA’s Rules of the Trails.

Directions

Giles Run Meadow Trailhead. From I-95, take Lorton Rd exit, head west at bottom of ramp (a right turn whether coming north or south bound on I-95.) Giles Run entrance is on the right in about 1/4 mile down Lorton Road. Follow the driveway up until you see the prison complex. The parking lot is on the left, next to the playground.

Map to Trailhead

Trail Information

Trail Length: 8 Miles
Trail Type: Singletrack and doubletrack
Trail Level: Beginner-Intermediate
Number of Trails: 8
Website: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/p...srunmeadow.htm
Fees: N/A
Park Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Night Riding: Not available

References

Trail Map: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/P...est-trails.pdf

GPS Track:

Fairfax County Park Authority's Cross County Trail Page

Lorton Reformatory - Wikipedia

Videos

Helmet Cam Video by Scott Turner
Second Laurel Hill video

Photos


Large panorama of the pocket skills area



From left to right, the above pictures are:
Crossing the stone bridge across Giles Run
Benchcut trail along Workhouse trail
The log skinny at the small bike skills section next to Slaughterhouse trail

Pictures and videos from: Martin Fernandez, Scott Turner, Rhizopogon, and Tom Jackson.

Last edited by MyOtherBrotherL; December 30th, 2010 at 09:37 AM.
 

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