More help sought for trail extension at Sherando Park

Posted: May 3, 2014

The Winchester Star

STEPHENS CITY — Throughout April, volunteers helped the Frederick County Department of Parks and Recreation to lengthen a mountain bike trail at Sherando Park.

Now, department leaders are asking for help — on each Wednesday this month — that could potentially double the trail’s length.

At the start of work in April, the trail was 11/2 miles long. The target length for the beginner- to intermediate-level trail is three miles.

“We made some headway on the new trail segments in April and are excited to think about opening Section E soon,” said Cory Smith, Sherando Park manager, in a press release issued this week.

“If we’re going to get our largest section, Section F, open before summer we’re going to need strong turnout of volunteers at our Wednesday night sessions .... I think we can get it done if everyone pitches in. Building trail is as much work as you want to make it, and a great social experience.”

The trail’s expanded route has been marked, and now volunteers and park staff members will clear the corridor to make the trail, according to Jon Turkel, the department’s park and stewardship planner.

”People are really excited about having mountain-bike trails so close to home,” Turkel said earlier. “The response has been great and that’s what’s kept us moving forward.”

Volunteers can work on the trail from 5 p.m. to dusk during Wednesdays in May. Digging tools and instructions are provided. Volunteers must complete a form (available at the site) and should bring work gloves, water and a snack. Gloves, pants and sturdy shoes are recommended. Sherando Park is less than two miles east of Interstate 81 off Fairfax Pike (Va. 277).

— Contact Matt Armstrong at marmstrong@winchesterstar.com