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** We have been informed of a Legal Hunting party on the West Side trails this Saturday, February 28th! The trails west of I95 will not be permitted for use during this event. Access to the beginning section of the  USGS Trail (from the Quarry waterfront to the USGS Gauging Station) will be permitted but please stay alert and dress in bright clothing. Trail access will be restored Sunday, March 1st.**

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Quarry Trails Are Open

 

The freeze-thaw cycle is back.  Trails are open but please use your discretion and turn back if conditions degrade.  Best conditions are prior to 10am while tread tends to be frozen.  Most vulnerable condition is just after thawing begins until fully thawed and dry.  Use of trails during thaw process is most likely to permanently damage trail quality.  Thank you for your cooperation in protecting this resource!

 

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To learn more about the trail status indicator sign on the trailhead kiosk click "read more..." below.

Last Updated (Saturday, 28 February 2015 09:23)

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We are extremely pleased to announce the City of Fredericksburg has approved our proposal to build an approximate twelve mile, stacked-loop, mountain bike specific, trail system on the land around the Motts Run Reservoir! We have begun construction and we will be starting on the second Saturday of every month to hold a larger trail workday/event for any volunteers that want to come. We will have food, drinks, music provided :) For any other trail work days of course see the event calendar below.

 

MOTTS! The park is closed for winter so we will need to keep the front gate locked except when we are coming or going.  This means it is important to either meet at the designated time or contact us to arrange for someone to meet you at the gate and let you through. All Meeting times are at 9am unless otherwise specified

Month

Date

Leader

Details

Contact

November

15th

Jay

8:30am - Motts Reservoir. Meet at main gate. Work until about 1pm.

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29th

 

 

 

December

13th

Steve

9am Motts Reservoir Trail work

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27th

 

 

 

January

10th

David

9am Trail Work & Cookout at Motts Reservoir

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25th

 

 

 

February

14th

David

9am Trail Work & Cookout at Motts Reservoir

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28th

 

 

 

March

14th

David

9am Trail Work & Cookout at Motts Reservoir

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28th

 

 

 

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We were contacted in early September by an engineering firm who is working with VDOT to conduct an environmental assessment of potential impacts to social and environmental factors that may occur as a result of proposed improvements to the Interstate 95 corridor in the Fredericksburg area.  See the following map and letter for background.  Hopefully by letting VDOT know where our trails are and how much we value them, the trails will be spared during future construction/expansion of roadways. Thanks to Rob Maple for helping send these folks trail location data.

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Grading work and storm water run-off control work on the old quarry road is now complete.  We offer a huge thank you to the City's Public Works department for taking care of this!  The improvements they made should eliminate the large volume of fast-flowing water down the road which was eating away at the upstream end of Scout trail.  Past damage is significant in that area but we're hopeful it stays in the past.  You may also notice that many of the orange clay mud-slick puddles under the 95 overpass area are vastly improved from this project.  Thanks again Public Works!

 

Andrew Thorpe created this detailed "Courtland Trails" Booklet. So if you run, bike walk the trails near Courtland or just a little curious about it please check it out.  Courtland Booklet

 

1. Maintain the integrity of existing trails.

2. Identify areas for improvement on existing trails and execute sound practices to reduce impact on surrounding environment.

3. Design and construct trails to minimize both risk of user harm and environmental impact from all reasonably anticipated trail use for life of trail.

4. Solicit guidance from local historians to design, construct and/or modify trails that provide low impact access to cultural and historical features and landmarks.

5. Repair trail damage resulting from severe weather events, fallen trees, debris and improper trail use (ex. muddy surface riding, unauthorized re-routes, etc.).

6. Educate trail users, especially cyclists, on proper trail use etiquette.

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