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The Virgin River Trail follows the Virgin River valley through the city of St. George in the southwest corner of Utah. The trail provides striking views of the river as well as connections to nearby residences, public facilities, and commercial centers.
From I-15 take Exit 4 onto W. Brigham and go to the traffic circle; exit on Pioneer Road and head 0.6 mile to right turn on Man O' War Road. Continue another 0.7 mile to entrance, (first right after crossing Virgin River), Man O' War Road trailhead.
To get to the Sullivan Soccer Park trailhead near the northern endpoint of the trail, from I-15 take exit 10 towards Washington City and merge onto S Green Springs Dr/North Green Spring Drive. Turn left onto W State St/W Telegraph St, and stay on it for just over a mile and then make a right turn onto 300 N. Continue on Washington Fields Road. Make a left onto Industrial Road and up to the Sullivan Virgin River Soccer Park parking lot.
This is a wonderful path with a gentle slope that is lovingly maintained. You wind along the river, by golf courses and parks. We jumped on from the south end and rode to the end and back in 1 1/2 hours. Not crowded — just a few walkers and cyclists.
The trail has been completed and open south of Sullivan Park all the way through. No more detour on Riverside. Beautiful new section with new boardwalks and pleasant scenery and river. The wait is over and we are happy!
Location: St. George, UT
Parking: Crosby Family Confluence Park
Trail Condition: From parking north asphalt smooth and wide. The southern section is a much older trail and has been crack sealed many times, making a bumpier ride. Not bone shattering but not completely smooth.
Signage: We rode several trails on this ride and all had really good route direction signage and some informational signs. St. George has done a great job with their trail system, other communities should take note.
Comments: We picked up a 2019 St. George Park & Trail System Map & Guide. The updated guide shows this trail is now the Virgin River North Trail. On the north end of the trail there is a detour just short of Fossil Falls Park. We turned around here. TrailLink map shows the trail having a break before reconnecting to the northern end of trail past the park. St. George map shows the trail continuing as a “Multi-Use Paved Trail” and on to Washington. The south end of the trail ends at the Man O War bridge. TrailLink indicates the trail continues on the south side of the river after crossing the bridge. This further southern section is now part of the Virgin River South Trail, per the St. George map. St. George seems to have active trail building efforts on going with the detour at the north end of trail and Virgin River South Trail closed (fresh asphalt) from the Man O Bridge south. A portion of this trail is part of the Mayor’s Loop (5.3 miles). These trails have underpasses when major streets are encountered and a number of trail bridges. Overall we really enjoyed all the trails and the scenery the St. George trail system had to offer. The trails are very popular with many folks (walkers & bikers) on them. People were friendly and offered a wave or hello.
Traveling around the Southwest. Read the reviews on this trail. Not too impressive but decided to give it a try. What a surprise!!! A massive amount of work has been done-a lot of trail added. i can't even name the additions since I am only passing through. Suffice to say , I did 30 miles and could have done a lot more. A lot of the trail system is brand new. All new parks and facilities. Fantastic!!! Like the best trails in any state. Brand new-clean facilities. Absolutely immaculate trail system. They had some additions closed for the on going work. Great maps and directional info at every intersection. Kudos to Washington and St. George , Utah
I went to ride this trail on 9/23/17 and it was closed. :(
We rode the trail from our hotel. It was a nice ride with really nice road conditions. Bike friendly town
Rode the Virgin River multi use trail from southern terminus off Man of War Lane north to causeway north of East Washington Street sports complex and back (19.4 miles). Trail is well maintained 10 to 14 foot wide black top that has a slight grade with two park facilities with bathrooms and water along the way with a number of additional parking areas to access the trail. The city is planting trees and watering them along the southern end of the trail which one day will enhance the shade and beauty of the experience.
Except for one 1/2 mile section that utilizes city streets all road crossing are underpasses that are well designed and not overly steep. There are two steep (8 to 10%), very short grades but most riders seemed to handle them with ease.
The 1/2 mile section has both sidewalks and addiquate shoulder width for all but the youngest of riders. The sidewalks can accommodate the children in a pinch.
The trail runs along the west side of the Virgin River for most of its length; nearly always in sight of the River. Views are very good with lots of vistas of red rock cliffs and the distant mountains.
The city seems to be working hard to maintain the trail by filling frost cracking with tar to keep the cracks as smooth as possible. There are one or two areas that have had a significant cracking but the repair work had been done and the ride quality did not suffer.
In my two days on the trail I saw walkers, bike riders of all kinds, roller bladders, skate boarders, runners pushing strollers, dog walkers, and a number of teenagers on scooters. Of all the rail to trail facilities I've ridden in five different states the users on this trail were the most attentive and courteous I have encountered. Especially for a holiday weekend in nice weather.
As with most rail to trail facilities too many parents and older riders forgo helmets. It is always disheartening to pass a family with the young children correctly in helmets with one or both parents without helmets. I can't help but wonder how the kids of these parents will survive if one or both parents suffer serious head injuries in a crash.
One the plus side I did not encounter anyone riding with their dog on a leash, something that endangers all trail users.
My final thought is if you are going to ride this trail in the summer take lots of extra water because there is little shade and ride early to avoid the heat.
The City of St. George has done a great job constructing this facility and is doing a great job with its upkeep. If you have a chance you should take the time to ride it.
I have been riding the Virgin River Trail, and it is a great bike/walking trail. They have repaired sections of the trail that were washed out during the floods, and they have built a new park near the confluence of the Virgin and Santa Clara Rivers. It is a great place to get out and exercise.
The Dec 2010 flood washed out a 0.75 mile section of trail, that may take some time to replace, one mile east of S River Road, 37.08648 -113.54035 The Trail resumes at the junction with Middleton Wash Trail. Then another damaged section that can be by-passed on dirt, 37.097333 -1113.533644. The surface of the undamaged trail is excellent. Soon after the 0.7 Bike lane section on E Riverside Drive , the trail becomes the City of Washington Mill Creek Trail at N37.11220 W113.51368. Currently the outlet to
S Washington Fields Rd is under construction. Very Active use, both quiet & noisy. Noel Keller 27Mar -1 Apr 2011.
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