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    We the people ... A Few Local Trail Listings In The Area.

    A FEW LOCAL TRAIL LISTINGS IN THE AREA.


    Pocahantos State Park in Richmond, Virginia
    Poor Farms in Ashland, Virginia
    Powhite Park in Richmond, Virginia
    Prince William Forest Park in Triangle, Virginia
    Quantico Trail in Quantico, Virginia
    Red Rock Regional Park in Leesburg, Virginia
    W&od Trail in Northern Virginia, Virginia
    Wakefield in Annandale, Virginia
    Waller Mill in Williamsburg, Virginia
    York River State Park in Williamsburg, Virginia
    Freedom Park in Williamsburg, Virginia

    Backspeed Mechanicsville, Virginia
    Skill Level: Beginners

    Cape Henry Virginia Beach, Virginia Skill Level: Beginners

    Cape Henry part 2 Virginia Beach, Virginia
    Skill Level: Beginners

    Centerville Power Lines Centerville, Virginia
    Skill Level: Weekend Warriors

    Fountain Head Park Occoquan, Virginia Skill Level: Weekend Warriors

    Gatewood Newport News, Virginia
    Skill Level: Weekend Warriors

    Highlands Challenge Loop Damascus, Virginia Skill Level: Weekend Warriors

    Hollywood Farm Fredericksburg, Virginia Skill Level: Weekend Warriors

    Furnace Mountain / Trayfoot Mountain Overnight Loop
    Waynesboro, VA


    Appalachian Trail (VA) - Chester Gap to Harpers Ferry
    Front Royal, VA

    Big Devils StairsFront Royal, VA

    Whiteoak Canyon FallsMadison, VA

    Ramsey's Draft Wilderness
    Staunton, VA

    Appalachian Trail (VA) - Damascus to Marion
    Damascus, VA

    Old Rag - Shenandoah National Park
    Sperryville, VA

    Difficult Run
    - Reston to Great Falls National Park
    Reston, VA

    Luray and Shenandoah National Park Waterfalls
    Luray, VA

    Big SchlossWardensville, VA


    Difficult Run - Reston to Great Falls National Park, Reston, VA
    C&O Canal National Historic Park, Georgetown, VA
    Pocahontas State Park, Chesterfield, VA
    Great Falls National Park, McLean, VA
    Brush Mountain, Blacksburg, VA
    Big Levels, Waynesboro, VA
    Mount Vernon Trail, Mount Vernon, VA
    Back Bay to False Cape, Sandbridge, VA
    Wakefield Park / Accotink Trail, Annandale, VA
    Douthat State Park, Clifton Forge, VA

    There are just too many to list.

    I have a lot more, but who knows if anyone reads these?

    HAVE FUN--RIDE HARD!!!

    If anyone would like more listings; feel free to contact me.

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    YOU DEFINITELY CANT RIDE IN THE SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK OR THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL!!!!!!!!!

    If you are going to ride in the national park get a road bike... stay off the trails.

    Don't be out there, our places to ride are limited enough!!!

    Otherwise thanks for the post.

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    Nix Ramsey's draft from the list too. Is there a purpose to the post?

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    waist (?) Is this going to be a club for Clydesdales that are fat around the middle? If so, I guess I should join.

    ;-)

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    That's great! Will, Kev AND Soulrida all brought up the exact same things I noticed and was about to respond with.

    I'm with Will, what's with this post anyhow?
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    DHSHredder, are you from the Williamsburg area? If so, I am surprised that you included Waller Mill on your list. Waller Mill Park is open, but Dogwood Trail (the bike trail) has been closed since Hurricane Isabel hit the area in September of 2003. Dogwood was a local favorite and is sorely missed. As you can see from the following letter, it's highly unlikely that Dogwood Trail will reopen.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PennyRich
    Dogwood Trail (the bike trail) has been closed since Hurricane Isabel

    Whoa...time for thread jack!

    A hurricane downs a few trees and that's cause to close a trail? This seems insane. 1) Surely and insured club with certified sawyers would be qualified to cut some trees or hire a pro out of club funds. 2) I'm sure their reconstructed path would be 3 feet wide with crushed gravel. 3) Lawyers are always risk adverse, I'm sure the city has nothing like play grounds, skate park or swimming pools that they carry a master policy on. 4) Sounds like other issues at work there that they don't want to shine the light on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fattirewilly
    Whoa...time for thread jack!

    A hurricane downs a few trees and that's cause to close a trail? This seems insane. 1) Surely and insured club with certified sawyers would be qualified to cut some trees or hire a pro out of club funds. 2) I'm sure their reconstructed path would be 3 feet wide with crushed gravel. 3) Lawyers are always risk adverse, I'm sure the city has nothing like play grounds, skate park or swimming pools that they carry a master policy on. 4) Sounds like other issues at work there that they don't want to shine the light on.
    As I said, this is a sore issue with local riders. Waller Mill Park was hit by downbursts during the hurricane. Despite extensive damage, the trail was the first in the area to be cleared after the hurricane. Local volunteers cleared the 5.5 mile loop in 2 weekends, but the city would not open it to riders because the park was still closed. Once the park was reopened, they put us off for months citing safety issues. They hired a contractor to selectively log the property and said we would get it back when the contractor was done. We didn't give up on the trail until after years of pestering and of the city pushing back the reopening of the trail, we received the above letter. In my opinion, your point 4) is the closest to what was really going on. I still miss this trail, along with plenty of other riders. At least once a month someone asks when it's going to reopen.

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    Something strange about that original post. ??

    P.S. The AT does not go through Marion.

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    You cant ride a bike on the Appalachian Trail!

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    No good

    Some mod needs to blow this thread up, there are way too many trails on that list that aren't open to bikes.

    Great job on the hit and run post DHShredder. At least get some accurate info to post before you do it. MTBers have enough trail access issues without you promoting a bunch of illegal trails.
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    Quote Originally Posted by evil genius
    You cant ride a bike on the Appalachian Trail!
    Right, I just wanted to add that in addition to having listed illegal trails, this post contained factual errors.

    Yeah, maybe they should take this thread down before someone accuses this site of promoting poaching? Or maybe leave it up to show what kind of reaction the folks here have to it?

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    I know this guy. He was honestly just trying to be helpful. He doesn't advocate poaching and just erroneously posted a bad list.
    I'm sure his absense isn't intentional but he may be hesitant to come back after the response.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigmclargehuge
    I know this guy. He was honestly just trying to be helpful. He doesn't advocate poaching and just erroneously posted a bad list.
    I'm sure his absense isn't intentional but he may be hesitant to come back after the response.
    If that's the case he should come back and edit his list so the bad info does not stay in this thread.
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    Although an illegal trail to ride on DHSHredder's list, it would be cool to see Ryan Leech or someone boulder hop around on top of Old Rag. (And, no, I don't mean that anyone should actually go ride that trail).
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigmclargehuge
    I know this guy. He was honestly just trying to be helpful. He doesn't advocate poaching and just erroneously posted a bad list.
    I'm sure his absense isn't intentional but he may be hesitant to come back after the response.
    He wouldn't be the first to be unaware that several of the trails mentioned are illegal to ride bikes on. I've had to inform numerous customers at our shop that they cannot ride their bikes on the AT or in Shenandoah. Most of them were unaware that they were doing anything wrong (somehow never saw the signs, I guesss); a few, unfortunately, know and don't care.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jwiffle
    it would be cool to see Ryan Leech or someone boulder hop around on top of Old Rag.
    Buzzard Rock and Signal Knob have similar stuff that is bike legal. Lots of great riding open to bike in the GWNF (I'm sure you know that given where you work)
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    Quote Originally Posted by riderx
    Buzzard Rock and Signal Knob have similar stuff that is bike legal. Lots of great riding open to bike in the GWNF (I'm sure you know that given where you work)
    True. Lots and lots of great riding in the GWNF. I've only been in the area two years, so there are many, many trails I haven't even had opportunity to ride. And, yes, having someone along like Ryan Leech to show me how to actually ride some of these trails would be cool!
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