Hiking the Old TrailsTrails in RVNA are a mishmash - old logging 'skid' roads, and game trails made wider by hikers and bikers. Some trails, both downhill and lateral, were built by bikers for their purposes. You will see banked curves, and mounding to make jumps and roller coasters. Wooden jumps and whatnot were removed by River View Cemetery groundkeepers when the property was privately owned.
Eventually, the ad hoc trails in the interior will be closed off and decommissioned, so now is the time to see the interior forest.
MapsBefore going, check the maps — they will help make sense of the trails. The trails are not marked! There are no signposts! We provide other maps on our About RVNA page.
Note about the Figure 8 Loop we published in 2106 — a segment of Trail 4 is now closed, so trail 5 and 4 have been eliminated from the loop. Be advised that trail 6 going downhill is steep. (Trail 4 was very rough and primitive, so it's good that it is now closed. Shown in Red on map.)
Tips for Hikers
Trail MaintenanceOn April 8, 2017 FoRVNA participated in a trail maintenance workshop. The first half was in a classroom, second half in the field. The group learned hands on — restoring ~30' of the Wildwood Trail, below Pittock Mansion. This might not sound like much, but the teams rotated, learning benching techniques, building rock walls, and how to raise the tread (PP&R's jargon for The Trail).