Trail Mapping Project

Current trails to be mapped are:

  • Burke Farm
  • Fountainhead Regional Park
  • Fredericksburg Quarry
  • Lodi Farm
  • Poor Farm Park
  • Quantico

Why do this project?

Back when I purchased my first bike, a Schwinn Moab; my first question to the bike dude was “where can I ride this thing?” Of course, directions were given verbally and I half way remembered how to get there. After several wrong turns, I finally made it to Lodi Farm. Wow, I was so excited to hit the trail on my new purchase, but wait “where do I go from here, which way do I go?” Well, I was solo and I didn’t have a map, so what does any sane person do…Yes, I decided to just start riding. After a few hours of riding and seemingly passing the same crooked tree (Blair Witch Project comes to mind here), I started to get a little anxious. Well, I finally made it out of the woods and saw my vehicle (sigh of relief). My thought then, and my thought now for those buying their first mountain bike, is “We need a good trail map”.

Even with today’s technology, there are still valid reasons why we need hard copy maps. GPS, smart phones, and other “geekish” techno toys have almost completely removed the usage of maps and/or the skills to read and navigate with them.

There are several maps and websites out there that do a good job depicting the trails that we use and love. We are planning and executing a mission to remap our trails in and around Fredericksburg. The output maps will be in several viewable formats; hard-copy, digital, and interactive maps within the web environment.

What are the project requirements?

The first requirement is to GPS the trails. This will be done on foot to properly and accurately collect the information. There will be other things collected on the way, such as type of trail (single, double, road, utility easement), surface material (dirt, gravel, asphalt), obstacles (log, improved water crossing, unimproved water crossing, bridge). Trail distances and elevation will also be collected during the field GPS data collections to support mileage of rides and trail hill profiles.

The second requirement is to take pictures of the trail and obstacles. These will be used within the interactive web environment. The user can click on the obstacle to find out what it is and what it looks like well before the ride. It can also be used to show your buddies, and/or significant others, what you did during the ride.

The third requirement is to capture trail movies (.MPEG) of each trail and/or parts of the trail. These too will also be used within the interactive web environment. The user can click on the trail and visualize the trail in a movie well before the ride. Once again, it can also be used to show your buddies, and/or significant others, what you did during the ride.

The fourth requirement, more of a nice to have, would be someone that has good knowledge of the currently used routes and technical trail features (TTF) to accompany the team while collecting data with the GPS.