Buttermilk East Trail Work

With your help, we can open Buttermilk East this weekend.  We tackled a deep bench cut last weekend and this weekend the focus is on the final touches to open RVA’s newest trail.  There’s 20 feet on the western end to cut, 50 feet on the eastern end and some light cleanup work in the middle.

We’ll be meeting at 9am (Saturday, March 28th) at 21st and Riverside Drive.  Bring gloves and water, we’ll supply all of the tools.

Belle Isle Bike Repair Stand

We’re over half way to our $1200 fund raising goal to purchase a bike repair stand for the Belle Isle Skills Area.  You may have seen the one on Brown’s Island or at Great Shiplock Park.  rvaMORE is sponsoring one at the Skills Area.  In addition to the pump, it has hex keys and wrenches for making repairs while you’re out on the trails.

1218141050aIf you’d like to help make this happen, head on our to our fundraising site: https://www.ioby.org/project/purchase-and-install-bike-repair-stand-belle-isle-skills-area

On Wednesday, April 1st, Sticky ToGoGo will be helping us in our efforts.  10% of food sales (carry out and delivery) will be donated to the fund.


Buttermilk East Trail Work

The snow has melted and it’s stopped raining long enough for things to dry up.  So despite the threat of more rain tomorrow, we’re going to be out working on Buttermilk East this Saturday (March 21st).
We hope to knock out the final two sections and open up the trail from the 21st Street Tower to the Floodwall.
Meet us on Riverside Drive just east of 21st. Street.  We’ll get started at 9am and work until noon or 1.  We have tools, so all you need to bring are gloves and energy.
See you Saturday.

Trailicious! 3

Thank you!  Nearly 200 people braved the cold wet weather Saturday night to show their love for the local trails.


Photo courtesy of Jay DeBe. 

We raised close to $3500 that we’ll be putting towards the local trails.  We’d like to thank all of the sponsors that donated raffle prizes, Hardwood Park Craft Brewery for a great venue, Tijo Media, Lucky Stiffs, Andrea Alli and Last Night’s Blues Band, Tijo Media and all of the volunteers that worked at the event and worked ahead of time to create this great event.  We couldn’t have done it without you.

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Buttermilk East Trail Work

This Saturday, February 7th, work will resume on Buttermilk East.  During the last two volunteer days, over 900 feet of trail was bench cut into a steep hillside.  We’ve almost made it from 22nd St. to the Lee Bridge, but we’re not there yet.  We have a couple of connecting sections to cut in, there’s some bench cuts that need a little more work – perhaps a small retaining wall or two and there are a few rocks to rearrange under the bridge.

Please come out and join us from 9am until about 1pm on Saturday the 7th.  We’ll be meeting next to the JRPS truck that will be parked on Riverside a little east of the 22nd St. Tower.  Bring some gloves, study shoes, water and a snack.  The weather is looking great, so come on out and lend a hand.

Buttermilk East Trail Work

Last weekend, with the help of 30 people, we built 300ft. of new trail heading east from the 22nd Street tower.


This weekend, we’ll be continuing east towards the Lee Bridge.  We’ll break into two crews with one fine-tuning last week’s work and one cutting new trail.  Come on out, lend a hand and help us create some new single track and a more fun way to get from Buttermilk to the Flood Wall.

When: 9am Saturday, January 17th
Where: Riverside & 22nd St.
Bring: Gloves, Sturdy Shoes, Water and a Snack

Trail Work & Flood Wall Update

This Saturday, January 10th, we’re building new trail.  Buttermilk East will run from the 22nd Street tower east under the Lee Bridge making for a safe off-road connection to the flood wall.

Speaking of the flood wall, the work on the Manchester Bridge should be wrapping up in late February.  Work on the Tyler Potterfield Dam Walk, connecting Brown’s Island and the floor wall began in December with an anticipated opening of September 2015.  This will result in closures around the flood wall and Manchester climbing wall during the construction.

We’ll be meeting for trail work at the top of the 22nd tower on Saturday at 9am.  Street parking is available on 20th, 21st and 22nd Streets near Riverside Drive.  The corridor is mostly cleared, so we’ll be able to jump right in and start bench cutting new trail.  Come on out and help, lots of hands will make quick work of it.

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone that helped out on the North Bank Trail armoring project during the last 7 weeks.  All your hard work has paid off – today we put the finishing touches on it and called it done.  In total, we armored 160ft. of trail with about 25 tons of rock.  This replaces the washed out trail that had formed a gully and was washing away the upper switchback. We’re sure it will last for years to come.


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North Bank Trail Work

We’ve been watching the weather all week and right now it looks like the rain will hold off until the afternoon.  That’s great new because we want to finish up the hill armoring on Northbank Trail.

So far we’ve rebuilt the severely cupped and washed out trail bed with over 80 feet of rock arming, rehabbed the lower switch back and filled in some wheel catchers on the upper switchback.

This weekend, we have 10-15 ft. or armoring in the lower switchback to wrap up this project.  We’d love it if you could spend an hour or two helping us out.  We’ll be getting started at 9am at the back of Mt. Calvary Cemetery.  Bring some water and gloves and lend us a hand.  In the event of bad weather, check our Facebook page.