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Parks for History Enthusiasts

With over 400 years of European Colonial and U.S. history in the mid-atlantic region, the area is filled with historic plantations, battlefields, settlements, canal and railroad corridors and many other historically significant structures. Fortunately, an effort has been made to keep alive some of this region's history by establishing historical parks on these locations.

 

Parks for Beginner Mountain Bikers

Following is a list of recommended parks for introducing folks to mountain biking. They are organized by region, so you can pick a place close to home to get comfortable with the sport. As a guideline while browsing the parks on our site, look for parks with lots of green trails (easy singletrack) and purple trails (doubletrack).

 

The CCC Legacy

The Civilian Conservation Corps was in operation for a total of nine years, from 1933 to 1942, during which time about three million young men were tasked with restoring our devastated land.  They improved parks, forests, and roads, fought fires and planted trees.  The legacy of the CCC remains visible today.  We have them to thank for much of the national, state, and local park lands throughout the country.

Virginia State Parks

Virginia's State Parks have been voted as "America's Best" by the National Recreation and Park Association. There are 35 State Parks sprinkled througout the Old Dominion. Due to the diversity of Virginia's landscape, these parks feature a wide range of activities, scenery, climates, and wildlife. These parks offer everything from a walk on a sandy beach with views of the Atlantic Ocean at First Landing State Park to a hike on the trail that Daniel Boone carved out in 1775 at The Wilderness Road State Park in the Cumberland Mountains.

Rail Trails

Rail-trails provide a wonderful environment for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and other activities. Due to the flat or gently sloping terrain on which the former railroads were built, the trails are accessible to people of any fitness level. The surfaces of rail trails are typically crushed stone or pavement, and are usually quite wide, allowing cyclists of all technical levels to enjoy them.

 

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