It is important to note that the SSVC recently entered into an agreement with the North River District of the George Washington/Jefferson National Forest to maintain many of the trails west of Staunton and Harrisonburg in that District. As a result of this agreement, work that the SSVC had been doing for several years will be tallied and submitted to the Forest Service. I have agreed to take on several of the trails in that district. They aren't the most convenient trails to my home, but many of them desperately need the work. So I signed up to be responsible for several of my favorites.
To get to the Maple Springs Trail, drive west on U.S. 33 from downtown Harrisonburg. Approximately 11 miles west of downtown is a road on the left to Rawley Springs. Take that road, being careful to watch for traffic coming in the other direction (sight distances are not great here), and follow it all the way to the back of the neighborhood. You will see some nice, kind of funky, houses along the drive. There is a parking lot in the back that holds about eight vehicles.
|Parking lot, complete with a guy tracking his bear dogs.|
|Rocks next to parking lot.|