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The kids from the Cutaway team are at it again! Twice a year, coach Joe Hoskins brings his crew of young racers (and their parents) out to help CAMBC maintain local trails. The kids learn the importance of proper trail design, how to prevent erosion damage, and how to keep the trails in top shape for years to come. This fall, their project was at the top of O-Hill. Clearing back invasive brush and building water drainage features were the tasks for the day. In total, 20 kids and their parents showed up, and gave some very old trails a … Continue reading
On November 15, 2005, the Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club (CAMBC) and the Rivanna Trail Foundation (RTF) tackled a big problem! A dangerous section of trail ran within inches of a cliff, a serious cliff! Yes, that’s the trail surface at the bottom of the picture! Had anyone gone over the edge, a 100+ foot tumble would have landed them on the highway ramp. It could have been a really bad day for someone. Luckily, no one has been hurt yet. And just as bad, our beloved hill was having an erosion problem just 50 feet down the … Continue reading
Please join us for trailwork on Nov. 14th!!! Most people familiar with O-Hill are aware of the trail on the cliff above the highway. It is a trail that developed as an offshoot from the Rivanna Trail near Fontaine. These types of “social trails” develop when existing trails guide users away from features or destinations they want to see. If people go off-trail repeatedly and follow the same path, new unsustainable and potentially dangerous trails can be the result. CAMBC and RTF are setting out to fix a hazardous situation. The trail we are targeting sits precariously above the highway, and … Continue reading
A core focus of CAMBC is to provide education to volunteers and other trail stewards in order to promote sustainable multi-use trail building principles. On March 25th and 26th, we hosted a two-day, hands-on training event for our partners in Albemarle County Parks and Recreation, the City of Charlottesville, and the Miller School. Albemarle County and the Miller School both recently purchased narrow gauge equipment specifically to help build and maintain area trails. A Solid Foundation In January, we invited the trail crews from Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville to join us in a trip to Richmond, where Nathan Burrell … Continue reading
Thanks to everyone who came out to suppport CAMBC and the RTF on the recent trail work days. With the new CAMBC/UVA MOU in hand we set out to fix a section of RTF at O-Hill that has needed some love for quite some time. Volunteers put in 130 hours over two days. They laid stone to support the trail and keep riders out of the mud. Thanks to everyone for supporting our in-town trails!!!
The City of Charlottesville owns approximately 1000 wooded acres a few (bike-able) miles outside of the City proper where the City’s reservoir is located. This terrain is mountainous mature forests with a dam that creates the reservoir. A local foundation (Ivy Creek Foundation) had previously been granted permission to create and maintain a primitive trail system at Ragged Mountain Area, but bikes and other shared uses were prohibited. Ivy Creek Foundation did a great job of managing the site for many years. Last year the City undertook a large construction project to raise the Ragged Mountain dam about 50 feet … Continue reading
On Saturday September 27th Jason Smith from Fluvanna County Parks and Recreation, Walter Hussey from theRivanna Chapter, Virginia Master Naturalists and David Wood, John Petrylak and Josh Wall from theCharlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club (CAMBC) participated in a trail work day at Pleasant Grove park inFluvanna County. The work day was focused on moving a bridge back to its original position spanning a largeditch along the Heritage Trail. The bridge was built by a group of local Boy Scouts early in the spring and shortlyafter was washed down a creek and turned 180 degrees during a torrential rain storm. Luckily, … Continue reading