Berry Farm - TRAIL

Berry Farm - Trail, Staunton, Virginia

Trails are Double track forest roads on a piece of public land owned by augusta county. There are many trails that are underused and overgrown due to the fact that most of the public is unaware of this piece of public land. The tract of land is 520 acres and has a huge potential for more trail in the future if the county would catch on the the potential. The problem here is that eight months out of the year the county leases this PUBLIC land to a farmer to cut hay on the front portion of the land, and does not alow the PUBLIC to acess PUBLIC land. Also in the fall they allow hunters to use the land for a few months that leaves the gates open to cyclist only a few weeks out of the year. I plan to find out when the lease is renewed and attend what I hope is a public hearing for the lease of public land. So I am posting this to let other cyclist know that there are great trails very close to Stauton(around fourish miles out of town). So that they can try to use the land when it is open. I have ridden the existing forest roads and they are fun with a couple of steep short clims and some fun descents. ALso every time I have been on the property I see at least twenty deer. I have seen a fox, and many groundhogs. The front portion of the land is pasture, but the rear 3/4 of the land is planted pines and forest. It has a huge potentail for being a great spot for Hiking and Mountain Biking.

User Reviews (1)

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Eric F.   Cross Country Rider [Jan 16, 2009]

The first round done today 1-16-09 came out to 4.6 miles, with no re-runs. There may be additional paths not yet followed. It is double-track, with sections steep enough for challenging traction on climbing, few obstacles, a lot of leaves. Nothing is overgrown with vegitation, all clear. A lot of the paths seem to loop around, so you don't reach many dead ends. There is certainly a lot of potential to this site, but as is, it can usefully deliver an hour of training, or more. Since I prefer higher speed cardio workouts with, less technical paths, this is just right for me; others interested in rocks and rivers may not be as impressed.

I obtained written permission from the Aug. parks and rec. to use the site, writen until Sept 30. 2009, every prospective user is expected to do that.

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Too early to tell, but the grounds are not large enough to get you lost, or have bears surprise you, yet it is large enough for 1+ hours of riding. So you can go in with little concern for orientation and still make it out.

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3
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4
Black_Dog_Bikes   Cross Country Rider [Oct 25, 2006]

This area is closed off to bikes Nov 1st till January for hunting season. It is accessible to cyclist during non-hunting season, by stopping by the local staunton bike shop, Black Dog Bikes, and signing a county waiver. The county may in the future begin to build singletrack trails here with the local cycling club, Queen City Cycling Club, Info can be found online at http://stauntoncycling.proboards50.com/index.cgi Please do not poach this area and ride during the hunting season. We may be able to have new sweet singletrack here as soon as spring by keeping the local authorities happy, and if funding is provided for the trail work.

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3
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3
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