The Railyard Mountain Bike Park
What to Expect:
The Railyard is a fantastic cross country mountain biking trail network located close to the center of Truro in the larger, Victoria Park. Riders can begin their ride with a long climb into the main riding area and finish with a descent back into the town center, or they can choose to skip the climb and start on the upper-level trails.
The Railyard has been designed with a variety of skill levels in mind. There is approximately 40 km of single and double track riding. Most of the trails have optional challenges along the trail, which allow beginners and more advanced riders the opportunity to ride together yet satisfy their individual skill levels.
Beginner riders can expect to ride through Truro’s beautiful Victoria Park and around the watershed area on trails ranging from open woods to smooth flowing single track. While riding, be sure to take in views of the watershed, the many massive Hemlock trees, and of course, you’re likely to see a deer or two. Depending on the route you choose you can have very minimal climbing, or for a greater challenge, you can incorporate a 250m climb. It’s up to you.
The majority of the Railyard will appeal to intermediate riders, as much of the Railyard Park comprises intermediate trails and features, including more difficult single tracks that run throughout. Intermediate features include sideline and rollable drops, log rides and log piles, and a roller coaster bridge.
More advanced and expert riders can challenge themselves to jump lines, a wallride, loads of berms, rollers, a teeter-totter, balance features, tight twisty descents, and fast open descents. You can really challenge your bike handling skills on one of the many old school roots and rocks trails.
The main Railyard Park trail entrance is located at 627 Young Street. There is ample parking as well as entrance mapping. This entrance is signed and easily accessible from Young Street. At present, there are no site amenities available at this location.
Skills Park and Short Track
There is also access to the Railyard from 645 Young Street. This entrance provides direct access to the Skills Park and Short Track Area. A bike repair station is also located near this entrance. There is ample parking in this area, but the entrance is gated and locked from dark until dawn.
Additional parking and access can also be found at the Wood Street Lookoff (212 Wood Street). There are also washrooms located at this entrance point. Each of the above entrances allows for mostly cross country travels.
Victoria Park Entrance
For a more intensive climb and access to amenities, consider entering from the main Victoria Park entrance, located at 29 Park Road. Here you’ll find public washrooms and access to drinking water. There are also other Victoria Park amenities in this area such as a playground, splash pad, picnic and rest area, walking and hiking trails. Accessing the trail network in this location will see you climbing through the main park area to access the mountain biking area.
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