There are many opportunities for different trail users to enjoy trails on public lands. Many user groups support land managers by maintaining and monitoring the trail system. Others have the skills needed to help design and build the trails. All users can give back by leaving no trace and patronizing the businesses that support the trails.
Hiking The American Hiking Society advocates for the interests of hikers in Virginia as well as the rest of the nation. Although there is no statewide hiking organization, a number of active local and regional trail clubs maintain sections of the Appalachian Trail and other hiking trails across the Commonwealth. The Virginia Volksport Association promotes the spirit of walking and events designed to appeal to all ages.
Horseback trail riding is an increasingly popular recreational activity among Virginia horseback riders. The Virginia Horse Council appointed a committee to establish direction and coordination of statewide equestrian trail development and maintenance activities. Participating clubs have formed working relationships with public and private land managers across the state to improve and maintain existing trails, as well as to establish new trail riding opportunities. The results of this successful initiative can be seen in national forests, many state parks, state forests and local parks.
The Virginia Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition represents the interests of OHV users to establish and improve OHV opportunities in Virginia through education, responsible land use, environmental sustainability, and the promotion of safe, friendly, family-oriented recreation. The Virginia Four- Wheel Drive Association is a family- oriented, nonprofit organization promoting safe, responsible and fun four wheeling. These groups are interested in developing more trails for legal off-road use, particularly in the Eastern part of Virginia. In Western Virginia, The U.S. Forest Service provides many opportunities for OHV riding in our National Forests.