Riding Single-Track in National Parks
As they say, "Can't never could"...
America’s National Parks Get Their Real First Mountain Bike Singletrack
An 8- to 10-mile trail on the park’s northeast boundary is up for public comment now, but all user
groups seem to be in agreement on it: Mountain bikers will give up access to Sal Hollow, which will cede
back to a horse trail, and in exchange they’ll get their own new trail, which is tentatively called Big Hollow.
And not only that, but there’s potential for dozens of additional miles of singletrack in the remote,
northeast section of the park.
And before someone says it:
It’s also worth noting that at a time of national budgetary crisis the approximately $1 million plan was
achieved entirely through citizen-action groups raising “friends of the park” funds privately. This
truly isn’t “your tax dollars at work,” but friends of Mammoth Cave dedicating parts of their busy lives to
make their park stronger.
Although most national parks prohibit biking in the backcountry, we offer a few—often on rehabilitated
logging roads where tires cause less erosion damage and where routes are wide enough to safely
accommodate multiple uses.
Obviously not single-track, but good to know.
"often", not always
some of it is singletrack, never having been a road
my brother lives in eureka, ca and says it's all singletrack, even where it was once a road
how you can help
.And following our will and wind . . .
. . .We'll ride the spiral to the end
and may just go where no one's been.
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