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New Trail Work Unveiled at Pocahontas SP

Andy Thompson

July 25, 2017 4:28pm

If you’ve hiked in Forest Hill Park or walked your dog on Buttermilk Trail, you have RVA MORE to thank (MORE stands for Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts). Our local mountain biking/trail building organization has been building trails in the greater Richmond Region for close to two decades. It’s easy to walk those trails — and others at Larus Park, Dorey Park, Poor Farm Park, Belle Isle, and more — and feel like they’ve always been there and always will. But it’s not that easy. Trails don’t just form, and they don’t just stay formed.

All of this is long lead in for some RVA MORE news. From their Facebook page: Work on Trail 12 started today at Pocahontas State Park. There are contractors working on it daily. Please do not walk or ride it until it is open. The contractors say it will take 9 to 12 weeks to build Trail 12, 15 c & 15d.

Those numbers refer to areas on this map (a clickable version of the one above). It shows all the work that has been done and still to be done at Pocahontas State Park. It’s an epic undertaking. If you haven’t been out to Virginia’s largest state park to see the trail expansion, you should. There are trails for every skill level — from 5-year-olds to 55-year-olds (and up!).  

About Andy Thompson

I was the Outdoors Columnist at the Times-Dispatch from 2007 to 2013, writing twice a week about mountain biking, fishing, hunting, paddling and much more. I live a 1/4 mile from the James River, close enough to see bald eagles soaring over my house on their way to find a meal. Pretty cool, eh?