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    Access to Dody Ridge denied!!

    I was riding the Black Horse Gap-Dody Ridge loop today until I reached Quarry Rd. about 1/4 mile in I ran into 4 people with several of their vehicles blocking the road. One of them flagged me down to inform me that I was on his property and he didn't allow access to anyone and that he is currently in litigation with Verizon wireless and the local quarry over the same thing. I hope this is not a permanent problem, he just seemed like a selfish person on a mission to make others lives miserable, kinda sad when you think about it.

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    Bummer - that's the second time I've heard of this happening on that road. Blocking a private road to a public trail, don't think there is much we can do about it. Just like Fort Lewis Mountain.

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    It sucks big time that one individual can hold an entire area hostage. His only reason to me was "I moved up here 20 years ago to get away from people and I pay taxes for this property". I saw no signs posted stating that Quarry Rd. was private, only an open spindly black gate at the intersection which was new to me. This is very sad as it is one of the area's classic rides and part of the Glenwood Horse trail. Hopefully it upsets enough people to either cause a re-route of the trail or coerce the owner to grant access.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigCreekRider View Post
    Bummer - that's the second time I've heard of this happening on that road. Blocking a private road to a public trail, don't think there is much we can do about it. Just like Fort Lewis Mountain.
    Isn't there an unofficial way to get to Dody Ridge from off the Parkway (sort of through the woods) that eliminates having to go through the restricted road? Not that I've ever done it....
    15mm is a second-best solution to a problem that was already solved.

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    Private roads are bad news a lot of times. Banks don't like them for you always have some bozo pulling stunts like this, and then trying to get people to share maintenence is a constant struggle.

    I'm not sure of what Kapusta speaks of, but if wmcneace doesn't know about it I will be glad to share what I don't know about it with him in a PM.

    It would be nice if they would just reroute the GHT around that whole chunk of private land.

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    I rode this loop (combined with spec mines) earlier this year. I got to the Dody ridge trail by turning off on some single track across from the great valley overlook. Does Dody actually start on Quarry road? If so, are there still access issues?
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    Former Virginian here. Move West! That BS of ages old balkanization and privatization ( what do those people do with their treasured private lands, not much) ruins the MD/DC/VA/WVA area for MTB. Charlottesville, Frederick or anything near the Blue Ridge could have amazing riding but doesn't. It's a lame wasted opportunity with an out of sync culture there. Good luck. But living out west has no comparison.

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    Quote Originally Posted by duncanish View Post
    Former Virginian here. Move West! That BS of ages old balkanization and privatization ( what do those people do with their treasured private lands, not much) ruins the MD/DC/VA/WVA area for MTB. Charlottesville, Frederick or anything near the Blue Ridge could have amazing riding but doesn't. It's a lame wasted opportunity with an out of sync culture there. Good luck. But living out west has no comparison.
    There is amazing riding here, better then anywhere in the US IMO. Private land is PRIVATE land, if you don't like it, make an offer and buy the land. I don't want uninvited people of my property either, that is why I bought it, respect others wishes. You guys really coming off sounding entitled. Maybe I could just walk up and use your bathroom, car, or maybe truck if I needed it without asking? Would you be okay with that?

    @duncanish - there are over 600 miles of legal bike trails in the Blue Ridge, Cville alone has Carters MT, O'Hill, Preddy Creek, Walnut Creek, Rivanna Trail, Blue Ridge School, Miller School. Fontana, Biscuit Run, Pleasant Grove, Byrum Park. And so much more.
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    Someone asks about the legal status of a specific trail, and your solution is to tell the person to move out west . . .

    When I lived out in the loamy Cascades, the majority of the mileage was on illegally built trails on private land owned by logging companies . . .

    Please stay out "west" and keep our year-round mountain biking mecca free of your un-educated bull****

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    there is alot of private owned land in this region but its nothing to get angry about.
    I have found that if you ask the land owner and respect there land, They are usually ok with it. Just like when it comes to hunting.
    I have a few trails that i built on private land with permission. All i did was ask (Though sometimes it can be hard to find out the land owner) and promise not to build no crazy wooden structures or really hack up the property

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    The only time i ever did have a problem was when the local Dirtbike and ATV riders found a trail and tore it up along with the landowners corn fields (Alot come from DC and the surrounding area, There a big problem here). But that wasn't my fault and i understood why the guy didn't want nobody on his property anymore. I wasnt mad when he told me and i actually helped block some of the trails i made.

    But alot of times all you got to do is ask

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    Access to Dody Ridge denied!!

    Quote Originally Posted by duncanish View Post
    Former Virginian here. Move West! That BS of ages old balkanization and privatization ( what do those people do with their treasured private lands, not much) ruins the MD/DC/VA/WVA area for MTB. Charlottesville, Frederick or anything near the Blue Ridge could have amazing riding but doesn't. It's a lame wasted opportunity with an out of sync culture there. Good luck. But living out west has no comparison.
    I don't know where you lived in VA or when, but you seem a bit out of the loop about what riding is like today in the part of VA being talked about in this thread.

    Spent many summers out west and lived in Tahoe for two years. It's not Moab or Tahoe, but this area holds its own (and you can ride most of it almost all year most years) There is a ton of public land all over the place.
    Last edited by kapusta; 09-05-2016 at 09:23 AM.
    15mm is a second-best solution to a problem that was already solved.

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