A helpful set of guidelines to ensure you ride responsibly and minimize your impact on the local trails and natural environment.
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Waid Park in Franklin County is quickly establishing itself as one of the premier spots for mountain biking in Virginia’s Blue Ridge.
Franklin County Parks & Recreation has worked with local trail building organizations and companies to continue to expand its network of trails at Waid Park and offer unique riding options and experiences for mountain bikers of all ages and abilities.
The 500-acre park features over 15 miles of trails, featuring sections of technical singletrack, a jump line, river crossings, wooden ramps, rock gardens, and more.
You’ll encounter beautiful views of active farmland and the Pigg River Blueway, which flows through the park and is a great option for paddling & tubing. Portions of the Waid Park Trail System also follow the Old Carolina Road Trail.
Check out the following video from Bike Rumor, which features the riding at Waid Park at the 7:25 mark.
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In addition to the great network of trails, Waid Park also offers picnic areas, playgrounds, restroom facilities, and multiple parking areas.
Before You Ride: Familiarize yourself with the Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics for Mountain Biking - a set of guidelines to help you enjoy the trails responsibly and minimize your impact on the natural environment.
Waid Recreation Park - 701 Waid Park Road, Rocky Mount, VA 24151
When you’re finished riding at Waid Park, take advantage of all the fun things to do in the nearby town of Rocky Mount. You can find great local restaurants & craft beverages, shopping, options for overnight lodging, and one of the best live music venues in Virginia - the Harvester Performance Center.
Waid Park is located approximately 35 minutes south of Roanoke.
Mountain biking photos courtesy of Matt Ross - Franklin County Parks & Recreation