The James River Park trails and most Richmond area off-road trails are closed after a period of rain. Richmond has gotten at least two inches this week alone. The accepted rule of thumb is to wait 24 hours per every inch of rain. This should give most trails time to dry out, especially ones maintained as well as the Richmond trails (thanks to the JRPS staff and Richmond Mid-Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts).
However, there are a handful of trail-users that do not follow these rules and selfishly take to the trails despite the mud and rain, which can cause problems with erosion and damage the trails. If you have ever spent any time volunteering and putting in the work to build a trail, you know what I’m saying.
That said, what’s your opinion? Have you ever ridden or hiked the trails when you know you shouldn’t have? Do you think the trails are too protected?