New Sustainable Trails to Open at Laurel Hill Park in Lorton
Press Release from FCPA
Fairfax County officials along with members of the Fairfax County Park Authority Board will join equestrian enthusiasts, cyclists and hikers for a ribbon cutting ceremony on 7.5 miles of new sustainable, natural surface trails in Laurel Hill Park on Saturday, September 12, 2009. The public is invited to join the celebration which begins at 10 a.m.
The trails were designed by volunteers from Trail Solutions, Inc and Park Authority planning staff and conform to the publicly-approved Laurel Hill Park Conceptual Development Plan. Construction was completed on time and under budget by Southern Asphalt Incorporated, Trail Solutions, Inc. and volunteers from Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts (MORE). The project cost $359,000 and was built using funding from the 2004 and 2006 Park Bond Programs. MORE adopted the park and will perform regular safety and maintenance inspections, provide tree and brush pruning and repair the trails as necessary.
Much effort was given to building the trails using sustainable construction techniques. Smaller, specialized construction equipment was used to minimize disturbance at the park. The trail bed is reinforced with stone and meanders over existing topography, avoiding steep slopes. Natural obstructions were left in place to interrupt water runoff during rain events.
Approximately two miles of trails is designed specifically for advanced mountain biking with assorted obstacles and skill-building features such as banked turns and log jumps. Visitors to the park can access the new trail system via the Cross County Trail (CCT), a 41-mile trail that runs from the Potomac River in the north to the Occoquan River in the south.
Trailhead maps at the entrances feature colored loops and corresponding colored trail signage to provide superior orientation for novice riders and first time users. Simple warning signs like “Brake for Snakes” alert users to sensitivity issues for natural and cultural.