Regular, volunteer-led trail work is a cornerstone of the Coalition’s culture. It’s also what has transformed nearby National Forest and private mountain ridges into premier mountain biking terrain.
Trail work occurs every Thursday evening and Saturday morning during the season, and new volunteers are always welcome!
Trail work days are organized events with a trail work boss and a variety of tasks to be completed. Most trail work sessions are 3-4 working hours in length and all tools are provided. Work gloves are also provided but if you have your own pair that you prefer, by all means bring them along. All you need to bring is a water bottle and a few snacks.
Ready to begin? All trail work days (including location and timing) are posted on the Coalition’s Calendar of Events.
History of Coalition Trail Work
For nearly twenty years, Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings in and around Harrisonburg have been trail work time.
Caolition members began doing trail work before the Coalition was born. In 1993, Thomas Jenkins joined the Forest Service in a trail work session on the Shenandoah Mountain Trail just north of High Knob. And he loved it! He hasn’t stopped since.
The Coalition’s fall tradition of giving back to the trails began in 1995, harnessing the energy of the Friday Six Pack Downhill rides to motivate local cyclists to work on National Forest trails on Saturday mornings. In 1996, the Coalition (the Shenandoah Mountain Bike Club at the time) began working on trails at Massanutten Resort. Since then, major trail work projects have been included in each annual Shenandoah Mountain Bike Festival. In 2007, the Coalition designed and began to build the trails at Hillandale Park. In 2010, SVBC received our first $125,000 Recreational Trails Program grant. In 2012, we received our second.
So…what are you doing Thursday evening and Saturday morning??