Hiking the Old Trails

Snail on Trail

Trails 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.


Before going, check the maps — they will help make sense of the trails. The trails are marked with laminated signs that are consistent with the maps here. The trail number sign(s) at the HWY43 hub vanished in Sept 2017 and haven't been replaced yet. (?)

Tips for Hikers

Trail Maintenance

On 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).