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Release Date: 05/22/12
Contacts: John Reffit , 703-339-3467 ,

Ribbon-cutting for Bureau of Land Management New Bike Trail at Meadowood

 LORTON, Va. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Meadowood Special Recreation Management Area (SRMA) will open a new trail in a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:00 a.m., June 9, 2012. The ceremony will take place at the trail head located at 10207 Old Colchester Road, Lorton. The new 4.7-mile South Branch Loop Trail is accessible for hiking and mountain bike use.

The new trail is the product of BLM partnerships that will be represented at the ribbon cutting ceremony. They include the Mid-Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts (MORE), the Trail Solutions (TS) Team from the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA), and the American Hiking Society (AHS). Following the ceremony, organized hikes and mountain bike rides will be conducted until 2:00 p.m.; however, the public has access to trails on the SRMA from sunrise to sunset, year round.

The South Branch Loop Trail provides hikers and mountain bikers of all ability levels, an enjoyable way to recreate among the sights and sounds of the diverse, 800-acre SRMA. It is the first constructed trail open to mountain bikes on BLM-managed land east of the Mississippi River, and one of the few natural surface trails open to mountain bikes on public land in the greater Washington D.C. area.
Volunteers from the Boy Scouts of America, MORE, and Friends of Meadowood worked with BLM staff for over 600 volunteer hours during the past year to complete this trail. The project was designed by the TS team of the International Mountain Biking Association. The result of all these combined efforts is an environmentally sustainable trail that is fun to ride and hike.
Directions: From I-95 S, exit 163 to Lorton. Take a Left onto Lorton Rd. at the end of exit ramp. Go under second overpass and turn right onto Lorton Market St. Go 0.8 miles to traffic light at Route 1. Go straight through light (road name changes to Gunston Rd) and go 0.7 mile and turn right on Old Colchester Road. Parking lot is 0.7 miles on left. 
From I-95 N, exit 161 to Lorton, Route1 North. Go about a 0.5 mile, make first right turn onto Hassett Street. Go 0.10 of a mile and turn left onto Old Colchester. Parking will be on the right.
For additional information, contact John Reffit at 703-339-3467 or write

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Last updated: 03-12-2013