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Old September 30th, 2008, 03:46 PM   #1
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Any one know of any good paved trails to skate in Virginia?
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Old October 1st, 2008, 02:07 AM   #2
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It depends which part. If you're in the northern VA / DC / Leesburg area, there's the Washington & Old Dominion trail. It's a long one, and at least in the past it was quite popular.

If you're in the Norfolk / VA Beach area, the cement boardwalk is the best bet, along with the bike paths extending a mile or two from either end. Some nice detours include the little park access road on 64th Street, and Fort Story. Whatever you do, don't skate the streets in Norfolk - you might get ticketed!

If you're in the Williamsburg / Richmond area, I don't know of any paths per se, but there was a fun road route I used to skate off the Croaker / York River State Park exit (#231?). I'd park in the boat launch area (usually free), skate up the hill, and follow the roads to York River State Park. Then I'd go back, with detours to play on hills along the way (Massena Road?, and taking the left fork where the boat launch is on the right). Be forewarned that the hills are steep and curvy in spots at the boat launch end, and the pavement is kind of sketchy with no runoff before the gravel boat launch lot. For tamer rolling, you can park at the State Park instead (for a fee), and just skate to the top of the boat launch hill & back. That part is about 6-7 miles each way, if my memory serves me well. (It's been over 4 years...)

If you're out in the Blue Ridge Mountains, I can't really help you. Seems like there would be some very nice road skating out that way, provided that the locals and cops aren't donkeys.

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