Who is FATMUG?
FATMUG consists of the board of directors and the group's members. The current board members are Andrew West (trail boss), Jay Dunn (Secretary), Will Lyddane (Treasurer/sponsorship), Tim Josey, Bill Catron, and Holly Bisbee.
Can anyone be a member?
Sure, we'd love to have you The more people we can get involved the faster the work will go so we can all spend more time enjoying the trails.Check out our membership page for more information.
Are membership dues and donations tax deductible?
Absolutely! FATMUG has 501c3 status which means that all financial contributions can be claimed as deductions on your tax return. The entire value of any donation is tax deductible and part or all of your membership payment is tax deductible. If you select any of the IMBA "premiums" when joining (such as sock, shirts, jerseys) then you should subtract the value of that item from your deductible amount. If no gift is selected then your entire membership payment is deductible.
How do I contact FATMUG?
You can send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, post on our Facebook page, or you can send a letter to our physical mailing address: 273 Newton Rd, Fredericksburg, VA 22405. Links to our Facbeook page and the CCVA forum are on this website's top menu.
Are you focused only on the Quarry trails?
When forming FATMUG, we recognized that the Quarry trails are the area's premier trail network and that they needed a lot of work. We also recognized that organizing the off-road trail-using community is a bit like herding cats. Not wanting to spread ourselves too thin at the onset and fail to make progress, we chose to dedicate all of our effort to the Quarry. After having been around for a few years, gotten more organized and developed a solid group of volunteers, we approached the City for permission to expand, specifically at Motts Run. Planning and building the Motts Run MTB trail network is now underway. Check the home page for information on volunteer opportunities and progress.
When are you having a meeting?
At least one annual meeting occurs in September but typically we'll have at least four or five other board meetings throughout the year on an as-needed basis. All meetings will be posted on the website with as much notice as possible. Members who wish to attend a board meeting are encouraged to contact the FATMUG board prior to the meeting so that a location capable of accommodating everyone may be chosen.
Do you have a schedule for group rides?
These will vary throughout the year. Check the home page of our site for information. All dates and times are subject to weather and ride leader availability.
When are you going to hold trail maintenance events?
Check the website, Facebook page and/or join our mailing list by becoming a member to stay up-to-date on when we have maintenance days. Maintenance days will vary in schedule based on time of year and need but we'll post them on our site, send out e-mail reminders and usually make sure that the information is posted on our Facebook page too.
I don't like the way FATMUG is doing _______(fill in the blank). How do I get my opinion heard?
The best way to make sure your interests are considered is to become a member. You can also contact us, as described above, and schedule a time to meet face-to-face since that seems to be more effective than an e-mail conversation or a Facebook volley.
So who owns the Quarry Trails?
The trails are on a combination of City and private property. For the most part, the trails on the east side of I-95 are on land owned by the City of Fredericksburg. For the trails on the west side of I-95, all of the lower trails (beside the river) from USGS upstream to the beach/fire pit near Owl Loop are owned by the City. The trails further up the hillside are mostly on private property owned by Silver Company and held in a conservation easement with Virginia Outdoor Foundation. To find out exactly where the borders are, go to http://www.fredericksburgva.gov/ and select GIS & Maps.
I've seen a bunch of NO TRESSPASSING signs at the Quarry trails. Is it legal to mountain bike back there?
It is legal to mountain bike on the trails on City property. While the other property owners have not given explicit permission to use their land, they generally will not prosecute anyone who is using the land for legitimate recreational purposes.
Why are some trails blocked off or neglected?
Several reasons prompt us to abandon and/or block trails but some reasons may be:
Access control - If everyone comes and goes by one access point then notifications at the trail head become much more effective and manageable.
Rider safety - Remove direct connections between beginner terrain and much more advanced terrain so that riders won't suddenly get in over their head.
Sustainability - Replace eroded, failing trail with improved, sustainable trail.
How do I get to the Quarry trails?
From I-95: Take Exit 130 to Culpepper. Stay in right lane and take the first right into the Central Park shopping area on Carl D. Silver Parkway. Stay on Carl D. Silver Parkway until you reach the traffic light at the intersection with Fall Hill Ave. Turn right onto Fall Hill Ave. Travel about 3/4 mile on Fall Hill down a long hill. Cross narrow canal at bottom of hill and make an immediate right turn after bridge into the gravel parking lot. If you stay on Fall Hill Ave until it starts to go back up-hill then you've gone too far. Follow directions below "From the Parking Lot on Fall Hill Ave".
From Rt 3 West of Fredericksburg: Turn left on Fall Hill Ave and follow Fall Hill Ave down the big hill. Cross narrow canal at bottom of hill and make an immediate right turn after bridge into the gravel parking lot. If you stay on Fall Hill Ave until it starts to go back up-hill then you've gone too far. Follow directions below "From the Parking Lot on Fall Hill Ave".
From Rt 3 East of Fredericksburg: After you cross 95 take you first right into the Central Park shopping area on Carl D. Silver Parkway. Stay on Carl D. Silver Parkway until you reach the traffic light at the intersection with Fall Hill Ave. Turn right onto Fall Hill Ave. Travel about 3/4 mile on Fall Hill down a long hill. Cross narrow canal at bottom of hill and make an immediate right turn after bridge into the gravel parking lot. If you stay on Fall Hill Ave until it starts to go back up-hill then you've gone too far. Follow directions below "From the Parking Lot on Fall Hill Ave".
From the Parking Lot on Fall Hill Ave: Walk across Fall Hill Ave to the gravel road beside the canal. Follow the gravel road until it terminates near the river. Get on the narrow gravel path that leads upstream. Follow that path to where it ends at the old Quarry road. From there you can either head up-hill to Monolith trailhead on the right side of the old Quarry road or follow the old Quarry road in the upstream direction. Fall Quarry Run trailhead will be located on the left after you cross a concrete bridge. Continuing on the old Quarry road will lead you to the Quarry where additional trailheads can be found on each side of the Quarry.