Wakefield Park - Mountain Biking

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Summary

Wakefield Park is home to more than a half dozen miles of trails in a network that is one of the best for mountain biking in the Washington, D.C. region. Roughly seven miles of trails wind through the wilderness and along a power line section that hosts several local races every year. The trails within the park cater to all types of riders, so it really is an ideal spot for anyone that wants to shred for a few hours.

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Jason Devaney

Distance

12.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

7.7 miles

Difficulty

2 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

2 hours

Seasonality

Spring, Summer, and Fall

Dog Friendly

Yes

Fees Permits

Yes

Using the trails is free, although entering the Audrey Moore Rec Center will cost $8 for Fairfax County residents and $10.50 for non-residents.

Land Website

Wakefield State Park

Review

Intro

Wakefield Park is home to more than a half dozen miles of trails in a network that is one of the best for mountain biking in the Washington, D.C. region. Roughly seven miles of trails wind through the wilderness and along a power line section that hosts several local races every year. The trails within the park cater to all types of riders, so it really is an ideal spot for anyone that wants to shred for a few hours.

What Makes It Great

Wakefield Park is about 15-20 miles from downtown Washington, D.C., depending on which way you go. The park also has a rec center, tennis courts, athletic fields, and a lot more. For mountain bikers, the trails are where the fun lies.

The trails are open to hikers and runners as well, so always be aware of your surroundings and watch your speed around blind corners. The true number of miles worth of trails typically fluctuates, as trails and connecting routes are frequently added and changed.

Most of the trails are either singletrack or doubletrack, consisting of grass and other natural surfaces. Some parts contain fallen logs and other obstacles, which can be a nuisance for trail runners but lots of fun for riders, right?

The power line section is where the real fun is had, however. The dusty hillside features twisty, banked switchbacks and jumps, which are a blast to ride downhill.

Some of the other trails in the park contain natural jumps and rock gardens too — so channel your inner Danny MacAskill and live it up.

If you're looking to put in some more miles, hop on the Cross County Trail, a 40-mile, north-to-south trail that cuts right though Wakefield Park.

Bring some lunch and cold drinks for after your ride, and then grab a seat at a picnic table — or heck, sit on your tailgate if you've got a truck — and swap stories about your day in the dirt.

Who is Going to Love It

Serious mountain bikers will love all that Wakefield Park has to offer, from railing berms at high speed to little climbs and jumps. Newer riders can stick to the forested trails and take it easy as they get used to shredding trail.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Wakefield Park borders the Capital Beltway (Rt. 495). From the north and south, get off the Beltway at exit 54B. The park entrance is a half mile down on the right.

There are plenty of parking spots available, so there's no need to worry about that. Using the trails is free, although entering the Audrey Moore Rec Center will cost $8 for Fairfax County residents and $10.50 for non-residents. There are different types of passes available that will allow you to use all of the county's rec centers.

Location

Wakefield Park

Arlington, VA,
38.818091, -77.224708

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