Ari riding the new beginner loop at Motts Run Reservoir.

Ari riding the new beginner loop at Motts Run Reservoir.

By the time the new trails at Motts Run reservoir were carved into the dirt surrounding this popular fishing destination in Fredericksburg, VA I had already submitted the manuscript for the 5th Edition of Mountain Biking The Washington D.C./Baltimore Area to my publisher.

I was, however, able to update the text to at least include an honorable mention for this new Virginia destination.

Earlier this year, the Fredericksburg Area Trail Management & User Group (FATMUG), received approval from the city of Fredericksburg to build approximately 12 miles of mountain biking specific trails. The three miles of trail that were christened on April 11, 2015 mark the beginning of what hopefully become a new popular riding destination in the region.

The embedded ride below shows you the general layout of the first few miles of trail carved into the system and will give you a pretty good idea of what is currently available.

The Motts Run Reservoir Trails

The first ribbons of singletrack available to users are mostly flat and aimed at novice riders. Eventually, FATMUG will complete the nearly 12 miles of trails that will cater to more intermediate and advanced riders.