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    New trails in WNC - Polk County / Little White Oak Mountain

    900ac has just been donated by Conserving Carolina. 600 to expand Green River Gamelands, 300 to Polk County for a new park adjacent to Polk County Middle in Mill Spring, NC.

    The terrain is incredible. Steep! 1300 ft of elevation change from bottom of the tract to top. The goal is to create 7-10 miles of MTB trails, built by a contractor, and hoping to achieve a similar flavor to Rocky Knob or Fire Mountain (e.g., stacked MTB trail system capitalizing on the terrain). Consider that Rocky Knob park is only 185 acres! The county recognizes that our only current trails (Green River) are incredibly technical and challenging. Sweet Lord are they right about that!

    Excited AF to watch this unfold. Moar info below. Anyone else live around Polk? What are your thoughts? You upstate SC peeps...what are your thoughts on this? Would you make it up here on weeknights (30min from Spartanburg)?

    https://www.citizen-times.com/story/...579vNiNaDSJnas

    900 acres of Little White Oak Mountain become public land in Polk County - News - Hendersonville Times-News - Hendersonville, NC

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    I've been following some of yours (and others) posts about this on the book of face.

    If that proposed trail network pans out as you're describing, that one I think will make it onto my list. GRGL is going to be over my wife's head currently, and since we ride together most of the time, I'm not likely to ride there often. More trails with more variety in difficulty will definitely move the area up on our ride list.

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    Any additional trails is good news. When I first saw the article, I was hoping for the potential to connect to the current GRGL trail system. That's not likely given the location of the parcels.

    Being an Upstate peep, I'll drive anywhere within 2 hours if there's enough trail mileage. 7 to 10 is a bit meager, but maybe the potential for lapping the place a few times will work.

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    I'm a Spartanburger and this would be a great option to ride something other than Croft during the week. Not that there is anything wrong with Croft, but any trail system can get old after a while. Dupont/Pisgah is a just a little far for after work riding, although I have been known to sneak up there on a summer afternoon.
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    This is definitely great news, as an Upstate SC dude if the quality is there I'd make it up there frequently for sure.

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    Yes, and from here:

    https://www.citizen-times.com/story/...nd/1809851002/

    I can't seem to find anything more recent. I know it takes a long time to build 10 miles of trail, but would love to know an ETA. The terrain sounds a bit like Fire Mountain or Rocky Knob - either up or down, with not much in between. 1300' of elevation change in a fairly small area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeridesabike View Post
    Yes, and from here:

    https://www.citizen-times.com/story/...nd/1809851002/

    I can't seem to find anything more recent. I know it takes a long time to build 10 miles of trail, but would love to know an ETA. The terrain sounds a bit like Fire Mountain or Rocky Knob - either up or down, with not much in between. 1300' of elevation change in a fairly small area.
    Your best bet is to contact Polk County. Several things need to be done to get trails built. They probably haven't even put the proposal out to bid. Typically it takes 2-3 years to build on private property, and about 5 on public property.

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    Heck, I could be dead by then!
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    I emailed them and this is the response I got. They are hoping to be done possibly by the the end of this year.

    Good morning!

    2 grants have been submitted and approved and 1 more is awaiting approval for the trails on Little White Oak Mountain. After that last grant is approved (hopefully), we will begin contracting out the construction and design of the trail. We have some preliminary designs already but the trail still needs to be flagged out entirely.

    Currently, we are hand-building a small loop at the start of the trailhead in the Rec Complex because we just couldn’t wait to get everything started.

    I believe after construction truly begins on the majority of the trail system, it’ll be 3-6 months of construction. Last I spoke to my boss about an end-date, he was shooting for the end of this year/early next year.

    Thank you for your interest and patience! We’re trying to do it right so that we can enjoy it for many, many years to come.



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    Yeah lots of good stuff on this trail. Grants are exactly where they should be in the cycle. There's been talks with PAS and Upstate about maintenance/oversight. Rec complex trail build is slow, typically just Travis hand building. I made it out last week and hope to some more.

    If y'all wanna help, keep an eye on Facebook for biweekly trail work days and to get notices about the monthly update meetings at Saluda Outfitters. 3rd Monday of the month.

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    Is there a particular FB page or group we should be looking for?
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