North River Trails Enhancement Project
A little bit of planning went a very long way to make the trails near Harrisonburg, Virginia more sustainable and fun.
Often unheralded, the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States has an amazing mountainous landscape, one that easily equals the Rockies and the Sierras for scenic quality and fantastic singletrack.
Leveraging a simple, yet power plan to make improvements in the North River District of the George Washington National Forest, the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition was the catalyst for better trails and a healthier forest.
Compared to years ago when trails in this area first developed, the trailbuilding world has gained a lot of valuable knowledge and uses better tools. SVBC recognized this and moved toward a vision of reducing environmental and user impacts while creating better experiences. As a result, 15 miles of shared multi-use trails were updated and improved.
In the long-term, this effort will reduce erosion, improve water quality and attract more trail users like mountain bikers, hikers, and hunters.