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Forest Acre access to Ft. Lewis Mountain--CLOSED
Just an FYI to those in Roanoke that ride up there. There is a new property owner that owns the access road to Havens/Ft. Lewis mountain off of Forest Acre Trail (off of Bradshaw Rd.). While the previous owner would allow bikers to use the road, the new owner is not allowing access. He has installed cameras, and is sending pics to the police. He also informed me that he will have police there from time to time (apparently, there is/was a regular group ride there) to issue trespassing citations. He was nice enough and let me go with a warning, but it is probably best to avoid that access point from now on. Looks like the climb UP elevator shaft (ouch!!) or Bad Wolf are the only access points from the Bradshaw/Catawba side.
This was posted on RIMBA's facebook page a week or so ago...
Notice of Access Restriction
As many of you may have heard by now, a property owner has posted no-trespassing signs and erected a physical barrier to bar access to the fire road accessing the Fort Lewis Mountain Loop, a popular local mountain biking ride (approximately 16 miles). This loop is accessed via Forest Acre Trail (Route 700), which intersects Bradshaw Road near Mason’s Cove Elementary. This is across Route 311 from Carvins Cove Road.
The Roanoke Chapter of IMBA (RIMBA) has been in contact with federal and state officials regarding the legality of this access restriction. According to officials of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Virginia State Police (which both own communication infrastructure located at the top of the mountain), as well as the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (which has prescriptive easement to utilize this road to access the Havens Wildlife Management Area), this roadway is NOT subject to public access rights. Private property does cross this road, and property owners are within their legal rights to restrict access. Currently the road is maintained by the FAA, which pays various property owners for access easement rights. Thusly, this appears at this time to be a legitimate access restriction. RIMBA is still trying to get final verification from one other stakeholder.
Given this set of circumstances, we respectfully ask that area mountain bikers discontinue utilizing this access point to ride on Ft. Lewis Mountain at this time. Please spread the word to fellow riders. RIMBA hopes to negotiate access rights with the property owner so that this trail ride can be accessed as it has in the past.
According to federal and state representatives, THE PROPERTY OWNER CURRENTLY HAS NO ISSUE WITH MOUNTAIN BIKERS. His concern is related to motorized vehicles that have crossed his property, and the potential that these vehicles could possibly harm his small children and dog.
WE DON’T WANT THAT TO CHANGE, SO THAT WE MAY NEGOTIATE IN GOOD STANDING WITH THE PROPERTY OWNER.
We will keep you posted. Upon advisement of federal representatives, RIMBA intends to give the property owner a brief period to “cool off” prior to making contact to negotiate potential access. We expect to have some news within the next month. In the meantime, we greatly appreciate the patience of area mountain bikers in observing this “hopefully” brief hiatus in accessing this great ride area.
If you have any questions or comments regarding this issue, please feel free to post. We will try to respond promptly.
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