Albemarle County to dedicate trail system at Mint Springs Park in Crozet

In an attempt to better the community and change this perception:

Mint Springs Park is a forgotten county park, Trails are not too long, but has tons of vertical to wear your legs out – much more than Walnut Creek/O Hill! Trails are unfortunately not always well maintained – more riders needed! The trails all essentially start at the lakes and go up to the top of the mountain – there are 4-5 different routes up, all for intermediate riders, a few for advanced only. GREAT terrain, just needs better maintanance.

From an Albemarle County release:

Over five miles of improved trails now available to the public.

Albemarle County will dedicate an improved and expanded trail system at Mint Springs Park at a ceremony open to the public on Saturday, October 20, at 10:30 am at the park in Crozet.  The trail system, which encompasses over five miles of various types of terrain throughout the park, has been improved and expanded thanks in large part to the hard work of a variety of volunteers including high school and middle school groups, UVA interns, a Crozet Trails crew, and the Charlottesville Albemarle Mountain Biking Club, among others.

New features of the trail system include a large color kiosk that displays all the trails, improved trail marking signs that make it easier to traverse the trails, and full color maps that are available online or in person at the park.

The ceremony will feature Sally Thomas of the County Board of Supervisors; David Wayland, a lifetime Crozet resident whose earliest memories include stories about the park property; and representatives from the County Parks and Recreation Department who will lead guided tours of the trails after the formal ceremony is finished. 

“We are very pleased to be presenting this enhanced trail system to the public as a wonderful amenity in the western Albemarle County community,” said Parks and Recreation Director Pat Mullaney.  “The Mint Springs trails provide citizens with the type of recreational option they ask for most frequently, and they fit very well with our commitment to both environmental stewardship and an active, healthy lifestyle.”

This is going to be a busy weekend in Western Albemarle … Crozet Music Festival, Batesville Festival, Mint Springs dedication …

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