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Quarry trails are OPEN.

Trail conditions are good with only a few scattered mushy spots from recent rain.

 

If you've been out on the trails and you know that the above conditions report is inaccurate or if you know of any trail blockages then please send an update to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or post on our Facebook page.  Thanks, FATMUG.

 

Last Updated (Tuesday, 26 August 2014 07:44)

 

FATMUG's annual Board of Directors meeting will take place on Monday, September 15th at 7:30pm.  Location is Will's house.  If you are interested in attending then please contact Steve ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 540-371-3796).

 

 

Please take a look at the calendar below and consider coming out to help build/improve/maintain the trails we all love so much.  No experience is necessary and you can stay for however long you want, leave when you've had your fill.  Any and all help is appreciated.  You never know when showing up for 10 minutes to help lift a heavy bridge into place at the end of the day will be the make-it-or-break-it effort!


FATMUG Trail Work Calendar
--- Summer 2014 ---
Month Date Leader Details Contact
July 3 Andy Naysayer, bench cut and sculpt tread.  8am at the Sunshine Ballfield gate. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
7 Andy Naysayer, bench cut and sculpt tread.  8am at the Sunshine Ballfield gate. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
10 Andy Naysayer, bench cut and sculpt tread.  8am at the Sunshine Ballfield gate. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
14 Andy Naysayer, bench cut and sculpt tread.  8am at the Sunshine Ballfield gate. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
17 Andy Naysayer, bench cut and sculpt tread.  8am at the Sunshine Ballfield gate. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
19 Bill 7am - downed treet removal. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
21 Andy Naysayer, bench cut and sculpt tread.  8am at the Sunshine Ballfield gate. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
24 Andy Naysayer, bench cut and sculpt tread.  8am at the Sunshine Ballfield gate. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
28 Andy Naysayer, bench cut and sculpt tread.  8am at the Sunshine Ballfield gate. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
31 Andy Naysayer, bench cut and sculpt tread.  8am at the Sunshine Ballfield gate. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
August 2
10 Andy Stream crossing near tunnel. 9am at the Sunshine Ballfield gate.

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23 Steve 8am-noon.  Sunshine ballfield gates. Downed tree removal on Pool Pass and Naysayer dirtwork. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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September 6
13 Steve To be determined.  Check back for details later. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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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!  This opportunity to double the amount of high quality single track in the immediate Fredericksburg area has us super stoked and we hope you share that feeling.  We will be setting dates soon for planning sessions and hope to build up a team of volunteers who want to make their mark on the mountain bike landscape of Fredericksburg for all to enjoy.  More details will be released within the next couple of weeks so stay tuned.  Yeeee haaaa!

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

If you’ve tried to get to the Quarry Trails recently then you’ve no doubt seen the impacts of the Fall Hill bridge widening project.  Entering the trails from Fall Hill Ave now not only requires passing through a hard hat area but it also requires skirting the edge of a huge crater opening up to the canal and then hopping a construction fence.  Not exactly the best situation.  We spoke to the folks at the City about the problem and they suggested that anyone wanting to access the Quarry trails while the bridge project is underway use Wicklow drive instead of the old entry point beside the FOR/VOC building.

Starting immediately and continuing for at least the next few months, please do not use the old access point to the Quarry trails (the gated gravel road between FOR and the canal).  Instead please park at the end of Wicklow drive just OUTSIDE of the Sunshine Baseball fields parking lot.  Do not park in the lot.  If you do and the park closes, you may get locked in so please park on the road outside of the ball field gates.  The Fredericksburg Police Department has also been notified that the City would like trail using folks to park in that area so as long as you obey posted signs, you should not need to worry about getting towed.  The kiosk with the trails OPEN/CLOSED sign will soon be moved up to this new location as well.

Need directions to this new access point?  Just search on “1200 Wicklow Drive, Fredericksburg VA 22401”.  Once you arrive at the ballpark, just ride/walk/hike into the entrance of the baseball field parking area and then down the gravel road (it’s okay to go around the gate) to the trails.

 

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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