09 April 2016

Public Servive Announcements!

This is a public service announcement! Pocahontas State Park will be closing the Morgan and Lakeview MTB trail systems on Friday April 29th and Saturday April 30th to host the Ragnar Trail Relay series.

The Swift Creek Trail System (Blueberry, Bell and Gateway) will be available to riders but it is has beed asked that you keep in mind the limited parking availability for these trails. Please keep in mind that this event is expected to be a substantial fundraiser for the Friends of Pocahontas State Park (the money will go back into the park to fund projects) and  your support in this endeavor is appreciated. It is asked that you consider enjoying the trails at another (Powhite, James River Park System-Forest Hill) facility of your choosing during these two days.

On another note, a service that the Friends of Pocahontas State Park started this winter is a Automated Daily Mountain Bike Trail Conditions and Closure Information Alert. If you text "POCA" to 804-292-2939 you will receive a text when conditions at the park close down all or parts of the trail system. This text is sent out by 6:30 a.m.. The text will tell you how many trails are closed and open and there is a link to the Friends website that will list those trails either open or close. If you text the word "ALL" you will receive a alert every day even if all trails are open.

Know your data plan if you have a limit to text that you can receive! This should help riders decide whether to head to the trails due to closures.

Over at RVA News 
Great article on the Do's and Don't on using the James River Park. This list of Do's and Don't can be for any park. The bad thing is I don't think that article or this blog is reaching the folks that are causing the problems.

So that's the PSA for today. Enjoy yourself in the great outdoors and take the time out to volunteer with a trail's group or Friend's group. Give back to what you enjoy!

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