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Trail Adoption

The Trail Adoption Program (TAP) program empowers local organizations, businesses, and individuals to engage, support, and manage the challenge of maintaining trails in the Shenandoah Valley.

Community Benefits

  1. Better trail conditions: More trails stay rideable throughout the year!
  2. We strengthen our relationship with land managers by showing our commitment to the trails we use.
  3. We build community pride and ownership around our trails.

Adoption Process

Who Can Adopt? 

  • Individuals
  • Businesses
  • Clubs, Groups, Organizations

Questions to Consider

  • Rules: Read the Trail Adoption Expectations and the Trail Adoption Guidebook.
  • Capacity: Consider workload and time constraints for successful annual maintenance
  • Training: What do you need? Have you gotten it through other local trail work opportunities?
  • Helping Hands: Can you motivate the folks needed to make it happen?
  • Scope: Do you understand the scope of the work?
  • Location: Is the trail within a convenient range for maintenance?

Be Ready to Lead

As the “manager” of the trail, it is up to you to assemble your crews to maintain your trail. We do maintain a list of those who aren’t up for the commitment of adoption but are willing to be available as crew. We will help advertise your planned maintenance days as appropriate.

Become a Member

The TAP program falls under the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition and our group volunteer agreements with the US Forest Service, Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation, and Massanutten Resort. We ask all trail adopters to ensure they are current members of the Coalition. Become a member today.

Adopted Trails

A huge thanks goes out to the organizations and volunteers who have adopted these trails.

  • Hillandale Trails: Women of Harrisonburg on Wheels – WHOW (Gretchen Sallah)
  • Hillandale Powerline and Pumptrack: Sam Rhoads
  • Kaylor’s Ridge: Bluestone Bike and Run
  • Massanutten- Upper Laird’s: Karl Waizecker and Dusty Burchnall
  • Boone’s Run: Massanutten Mountain Biking- Jonathan Albert and Scott Wootten
  • Bridge Hollow Trail (Trail #442): Chris Danaceau
  • Tillman West: SHEN-ROCK youth mountain bike team (Mike Bowen)
  • Festival Trail Narrowback Mountain: Chris Green
  • Tower Trail on Narrowback Mountain: Mole Hill Bikes
  • Timber Ridge: Take Aim Cycling (Harlan Price)
  • Mud Pond: Protested Gear (Phoebe Kirby-Glatkowski)
  • Magic Moss and down: Ryan Claeys
  • Carr Mountain: Andy Dainis
  • Trimble Mountain (Trail #375) ‘Boyscout’: Josh Watkins

Up for Adoption

  • Lookout MountainTrail (Trail #716 from 535 to Wild Oak Parking Lot)
  • Lynn Trail (Trail #436)
  • Wolf Ridge Trail (Trail # 378)
  • Timber Ridge Trail (Top of Reddish Knob to intersection with Wolf Ridge Trail)
  • Chestnut Ridge Trail (Little Bald Knob to the Skidmore intersection)
  • Massanutten: Kaylor’s Ridge
  • Massanutten: Upper Laird Knob DH
  • “Braley Pond” Trail# 496 (Portion of Bald Ridge Trail)
  • Dowells Draft (Trail#650)
  • Hearthstone Trail #431 From intersection of 378
  • Mud Pond and Oak Knob 544-428 Oak Knob
  • Sugar Run ‘Deathstar’ (Trail #1025)
  • Bridge Hollow Trail (Trail #442)
  • Slate Springs Trail (Red Diamond) Trail #428A
  • Confederate Breastworks and Road Hollow (Trail #447-448)
  • ‘Camp Todd’ or Horse Trough Hollow portion of Wild Oak Trail (Trail #716 from FR95-Little Bald)
  • Heartbreak (Trail #435A)
  • Chimney Hollow (Trail #489)
  • High Knob Trail (Trail #1021)