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Back Country Horsemen of the Virginia Highlands

The BCHVH is a 501-C3 non-profit service organization committed to maintaining horse and multi-use trails in the Mount Rogers National Recreational Area in SW Virginia and in the surrounding areas. The BCHVH partner with land management agencies and other trail users to solve maintenance problems and to be a voice in the planning of future trails and trail systems. 

The Back Country Horsemen of the Virginia Highlands organize trail work days and rides to improve trails and to encourage all user groups to practice the principles of Leave No Trace.  With cuts in funding and manpower the the Forest Service looks to volunteers to help keep trail maintenance and projects moving forward.

If you want to join us and have fun giving back to the trails please download a membership form from our Files page!

June 6, National Trails Day, the BCHVH conducted our first work day while navigating the new COVID 19 guidelines. We improved drainage and fixed blocked culverts on a one mile section of the Virginia Highlands Horse Trail. A few more safety things to think about but it went very well!! 

BCHVH 6/6/20 work dayBCHVH 6/6/20 work day

 

On June 20 the BCHVH completed the Hugo's Meadow Project which consisted of clearing invasive autumn olive and honey locust from a 5 acre meadow on the Virginia Highlands Horse Trail and replacing an interpretive sign that had rotted away. A large crew of volunteers turned out to help on the project. The BCHVH obtained permission from the Forest Service to use donated heavy equipment to implement the project. The BCHVH logged over 150 hours on this project!!

 

 

 

 

The next meeting of the BCHVH will be held on Saturday, October 3rd in conjunction with the BCHVH Fall Trail Ride. See our events page for more information!*******

 

 We have several trail projects in the works with the Forest Service that will be implemented or started in 2020- 

*Virginia Highlands Horse Trail between East of CC Camp Road- drainage improvement, culvert repair- Implemented!

 

*Hugo's Meadow Interpretive Sign Installation and Clean Up- June 20 Implemented!

*Bourne's Branch  Trail Repair- Summer 2020

*Virginia Highlands Horse Trail between 602 & Shiloh- trail bed repair- Date TBA

*Moore Trail Repair and possible reroutes- Time frame TBA

*Bourne's Branch Parking Lot Planning- Ongoing

* Comers Creek Packing Project- Planning stages, more info to come-Cancelled

 

Check back with our Events & Trail Days page for updated information

 

 

 

The BCHVH has been asked to assist the Forest Service in removing debris from an old outhouse building in the Raccoon Branch Wilderness. We will need to pack out the debris out so if you have a pack animal, we could use your service. We would like to include other BCH groups in the area on this project.  UPDATE- THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN IMPLEMENTED IN AUGUST, 2019 AND WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!! THANKS TO BCHNC AND BCHET FOR YOUR HELP!! SEE THE FOLLOWING STORY FROM THE SAWS ORGANIZATION-

 

 SAWS REPORTSAWS REPORT

 

SAWS REPORTSAWS REPORT

 

 

 

 The BCHVH has agreed to adopt the Little Dry Run Trail through the Little Dry Run Wilderness. Since this is a wilderness trail all work is required to be done by hand. Several members are crosscut saw certified which will help with the cutting and clearing. This trail has been neglected for many years and is in dire need of some TLC. Several work days will be scheduled in the coming year on this trail.

 UPDATE- NOVEMBER 3RD, 2018 A GROUP OF BCHVH MEMBERS AND FRIENDS CLEARED THE ENTIRE TRAIL. STAY TUNED FOR FUTURE WORK DAYS ON THIS WILDERNESS TRAIL. 

 

 

******THE VALLEY DIVIDE TRAIL IS COMPLETE!! WE HAVE RIDDEN IT AND IT IS REALLY NICE!! THANKS TO ALL WHO HELPED ON THIS PROJECT!!!***************

 

 

Valley Divide Project-    In 2016 the BCHVH will be partnering with the Forest Service on clearing a corridor for the Valley Divide Trail, a new trail to be constructed in the Mount Rogers National Recreational Area. The new connector trail will allow passage around the Raccoon Branch Wilderness for bikes, larger groups of horseback riders and any other groups that are restricted in wilderness areas. The trail will also make a loop opportunity in an area of the forest where there are not many loops. If you are interested in volunteering on this project please contact info@bchvh.org

 

****The preliminary clearing of the Valley Divide Trail corridor has been completed. Thank you BCHVH members and friends for helping out! The mechanical work on the trail tread is scheduled to take place this spring. We are looking forward to using this new trail!*****

Our progress working on the proposed Valley Divide TrailOur progress working on the proposed Valley Divide Trail

Back Country Horsemen of the Virginia Highlands- making a difference on the trail!