1 mile
394 ft
-411 ft
Avg time

Harwood A Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Harwood's Mill
    Newport News, Virginia
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    One Direction
    Popular direction shown
  • Dogs Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Bridge, Roller Coaster
  • Ride in Rain
  • Global Ranking
    #66287 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    55 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 75 in Trail Running
    • 85 in Hiking

Harwood A is considered the "novice" trail; it provides some basic training such as roots, some tight turns, and a few small inclines while providing some fun with a rollercoaster-like series of S turns along a small gully and a couple of very small pump hills. It's a great introductory trail for the beginning rider, and at 1.2 miles in length, it can be ridden in a short amount of time.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Harwood A mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -17 ft
  • Altitude min
    44 ft
  • Altitude max
    127 ft
  • Altitude start
    61 ft
  • Altitude end
    44 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2,932 ft
  • Distance down
    2,900 ft
  • Distance flat
    633 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Nov 2, 2020
Avg: 3 (4 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
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  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
  • > 6 months
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  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Boardwalk Boardwalk
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Harwood A Trail Reports

      Nov 2, 2020 @ 8:17am
      Nov 2, 2020
      Oct 7, 2020 @ 8:17am
      Oct 7, 2020
      Oct 7, 2020 @ 7:31am
      Oct 7, 2020
      Aug 24, 2020 @ 6:46am
      Aug 24, 2020
      Trails are all clear and dry
      Aug 6, 2020 @ 6:24am
      Aug 6, 2020
      2 downed trees due to Isaias, easy to walk around
      view all reports »

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 2 rides
      • 8 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 91 rides
      • 8 miles avg distance
      • 470 rides


      more »
      36 |
      Jan 17, 2019 @ 4:12pm
      Jan 17, 2019
      45 |
      Oct 12, 2018 @ 4:05pm
      Oct 12, 2018
      45 |
      Oct 12, 2018 @ 4:05pm
      Oct 12, 2018
      34 |
      Oct 12, 2018 @ 4:05pm
      Oct 12, 2018

      2 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      Jfrohock Trailforks Pro Subscriber (May 27, 2020 at 18:25)
      • + 1
      Bendyprissy Trailforks Pro Subscriber (Aug 24, 2020 at 15:18)
       I am new to MTB since about April or so & Trail A is the first MTB trail I ever rode. I had ridden streets before. I am in my 40s & out of shape but working on it. I say all of this to let you know my skill level.

      So I loved this trail & am totally hooked! The trail markers say trail A is beginner, B is moderate, & C is advanced. I read a couple reviews saying they are all beginner. Well I have ridden all 3 & coming from a noob, I can definitely tell the difference between all 3 & can see how they build in endurance & skill. But I have watched videos of different level trails & can see how all 3 of these trails could be considered beginner by an experienced rider. I did have to go around a couple obstacles on trail C as I am not ready for them yet. If I were to label the trails I would probably say A & B are beginner & C is moderate.

      All of the trails are single track, one way. I have seen joggers on trail A before & I am very embarrassed to admit I got passed by a jogger on trail A. In my defense, that was my second time ever on a MTB trail & I was on a cheap Walmart Mongoose Excursion girls bike as I am short. I have since upgraded to a slightly better bike from Bikes Direct, Galaxy FSX 1.0 full suspension, adult bike. The difference between this bike & the Mongoose is astonishing. So I cannot wait to save up for a high end bike in the future. Now that I have been doing it a little bit, no one will be passing me jogging! Smile

      Trail A is extremely rooty, which has helped me gain skills for that. There are many climbs with some descents. You can get some speed in a couple places. It is definitely a cardio experience. It is about 1.4 miles. The entrance is directly off of Oriana Rd, just down from the Trail Head at the Harwoods Mill Park parking lot. The exit is onto a fire road in the middle of the woods. The entrance to trail B is just across the fire road from the trail A exit. You can take the fire road back to the street by the parking lot which is about a mile away. The trail is all forested & shaded. Since tropical storm Isaias hit here beginning of August, there is a tree down that can be ridden around & then one more that you must get off your bike & either go under or over. The trail is well kept so I do not think the downed trees will be an issue for long.

      I have only ridden trails B & C once. Trail B is the longest at about 3 or so miles & I am waiting for it to get colder as my endurance is not quite there yet in this heat. Trail C is out of my league just yet but working on it.

      All in all I would definitely recommend these trails. They do get other riders so you will not be the only ones out there.

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