Mountain Bike Trail Conditions
Trail conditions are based on available regional weather data as a service to help riders decide whether to head for the trails. After periods of snow or heavy rain, local trail conditions may not match the most recent weather data. Please protect the trails by riding fire roads if single track trails are muddy. Mountain biking is an inherently hazardous activity and individual trails may include muddy or slippery sections or other difficult obstacles at any time.
(Photo of invasive Chinese wisteria)
Invasive plants are a continuing problem for the park. With a tight budget, it's not possible for park staff to keep ahead of tree-of-heaven, stiltgrass, Chinese wisteria and all the other introduced plants that threaten to alter the ecology of the park. Ben Hedges leads a weekly work session to help control these unwanted species. Details are posted in the Invasive Plants Control event posting in our Meetup site. Other work sessions can be scheduled to meet the needs of volunteers seeking service hours. If you are interested in this service project or any others at the park, please contact us for more information.
Night Mountain Biking Returns to Pocahontas
Night mountain biking returns to Pocahontas starting on October 5th. To ride, you'll need to display a signed permit for each rider (or risk a fine and ban which would be a shame). We suggest filling one out and putting it in your glovebox so you always have one with you (maybe bring along a couple of extras for buddies?). You'll also need to be finished no later than 9:00 pm. More Info.
We had a great time on the trails last year with no injuries to speak of. Let's be conservative and safe out there folks!
Here's the form with everything you need to know:
Leave Your Mark on the Park!
Our dedicated volunteers have assisted in building and maintaining many miles of new mountain bike trail at Pocahontas State Park, including several trails purpose-built for use by handcyclists.
You can leave your mark by volunteering your time, by organizing your company or service group to volunteer for a day, or by sponsoring trail construction by donating directly to the Richmond Regional Ride Center.
To sign up and volunteer please visit our meetup site.
Eagle Scout Project Program Expands
Long time volunteer and Scouter Monty McNeill is taking Eagle Scout project opportunities to the next level by providing a single contact point for Park-related projects. Monty and his team have created a complete list of opportunities for Scouts to consider and the Friends of Pocahontas are backing him up with funds for materials and equipment to help Scouts be at their best.
Already we've had Scouts work on trail features, build benches, add bike racks, design information kiosks and more!
If you have an Eagle Scout who is interested in one or more of these projects, please contact us here.
Here's the list: