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    Leesburg area riding

    I'm going to be in Leesburg this weekend visiting family. Is there an area near there that's worth most of a morning? I'm fine with pretty much anything.

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    Not much to ride in Leesburg proper. There is the Freedom Center which has a pump track and about 5 miles or so of singletrack. A local group has formed to work on trail access in the area, so you can check in with them at http://www.facebook.com/MTBLoCo

    30 miles north is Gambrill State Park and the Frederick Watershed. Lots of good riding there, as long as you like rocks
    Leesburg, VA to Gambrill State Park - Google Maps


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    Whoa, Gambrill looks awesome. I'll definitely check it out. Pretty easy to find one's way around? Or should I try to find a map online before heading out?

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    Gambrill State Park has well marked and blazed trails. The yellow loop is the longest. It has a short cut and an extension, with the extension it is around 9 miles. You can tack on some more stuff to get a longer ride. A map will help you get the most out of it. The Frederick Watershed is not well marked at all (and there are no official maps), you'll need a local guide the first few times riding.

    Just know that the blue trail (the Catoctin Trail) is NOT a loop, it is a linear trail starting in Gambrill and heading north into the Frederick Watershed and beyond. You can branch off of it and make a loop, but you need to know your way around, it isn't obvious. You could do that as an out and back to avoid getting lost.
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    2 more things:
    1. Riding the yellow loop in a figure 8 is the best way to do it IMO. I posted directions for that in this thread. Someone also posted a link to a map in that thread.
    2. Saturday is muzzleloader season in the Frederick Watershed, but there is no hunting in Gambrill, so best to stick to the Gambrill trails.
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    In the opposite direction, there is Fountainhead Park. Similar amount of trail, not quite as technical, but easier to get around (several stacked loops, bike only, uni-directional).

    Area Map

    Trail Map*

    * The trail has been undergoing major updates the last two years, so the map might not be exact. But, the general layout and length is right enough.

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