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Trail Building 101

Learn the basics of trail building and why things are done how they are in the James River Park System




If you’ve ever walked, ran, or biked on the trails in the James River Park system you’ve most likely directly benefited by volunteer groups like RVAMore (Richmond chapter of the Mid-Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts). It is through their blood, sweat, and advocacy that we can boast about all the wonderful outdoor options we have at our footstep.

Building and maintaining those many miles of trails is both a science and an art shouldn’t be attempted by the untrained. On Saturday the 22nd trail users will have an opportunity to become one of the trained.


rvaMORE will be holding a Trail Building 101 class on Saturday, October 22nd in Forest Hill Park.

Join us to learn the basics of trail building and why we do the things we do in the James River Park System. The morning classroom session includes discussion about terrain, soil, trail design, construction techniques, user groups, and the relationship between rvaMORE and the land manager.  In the afternoon, we’ll get hands-on rerouting a section of trail in Forest Hill Park.

There is no cost for this class and lunch will be provided, but the class size is limited to 24, so please sign-up early to reserve your spot.  Register here.

When: 8:30am – 4:00pm Saturday, October 22th 2016
Where: Stone House in Forest Hill Park (note: please allow extra time for parking due to Forest Hill Farmer’s Market)
Bring: Notebook & Pen for classroom notes. Gloves, study shoes and work clothes for hands-on session.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.