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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.
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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