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2 Natl Parks take final step to allow MTBing

Postby Greg Heil » Tue Oct 23, 2012 12:38 pm

Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky and Saguaro National Park in Arizona are the two most recent National Park Service (NPS) properties to allow mountain biking on both existing and future trails.

The regulation at Mammoth Cave opened two existing and two future trails to bicycle use on Oct. 12, 2012. Mountain bikers now have access to the Mammoth Cave Railroad Bike and Hike Trail and the White Oak Trail, and will have access to the planned Connector Trail near Maple Springs and Big Hollow Trail north of the Green River.

A press release from Mammoth Cave stated: "The regulation designates four bicycle routes within the park to address the interest and demand of the visiting public for bicycling opportunities without compromising the National Park Service's mandate 'to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects, and the wildlife' in the park."

The regulation implements portions of the park's Comprehensive Trail Management Plan and satisfies NPS general regulations that require a special regulation be promulgated to allow off-road bicycle use on routes outside of developed areas.

On Dec. 1, 2012, the three-mile Hope Camp Trail in Saguaro National Park (AZ) will be converted to a multi-use trail. The trail — once a dirt road that allowed bikes prior to Saguaro's National Park designation — connects Tucson, AZ, to the Arizona Trail.


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Re: 2 Natl Parks take final step to allow MTBing

Postby John Fisch » Tue Oct 23, 2012 3:07 pm

Sounds great.

What we really need to push is getting the Teddy Roosevelt National Park to allow MTBs on the short, 2-mile stretch of the Maah Daah Hey trail that cuts through one small remote corner of the North Unit of park. Being so far out, it sees almost zero use from hikers and very little from equestrians. Opening it would allow for 100+ miles of continuous singletrack through the North Dakota Badlands while adding nothing to potential user conflicts and trail impact.
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Re: 2 Natl Parks take final step to allow MTBing

Postby Funrover » Wed Oct 31, 2012 11:03 pm

WOO HOO!!!
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Re: 2 Natl Parks take final step to allow MTBing

Postby Greg Heil » Thu Nov 01, 2012 1:57 pm

skibum wrote:Sounds great.

What we really need to push is getting the Teddy Roosevelt National Park to allow MTBs on the short, 2-mile stretch of the Maah Daah Hey trail that cuts through one small remote corner of the North Unit of park. Being so far out, it sees almost zero use from hikers and very little from equestrians. Opening it would allow for 100+ miles of continuous singletrack through the North Dakota Badlands while adding nothing to potential user conflicts and trail impact.


How far away is it from roads and buildings? I imagine there are a lot of people that ride it to connect the two sections, legal or not.
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Re: 2 Natl Parks take final step to allow MTBing

Postby John Fisch » Thu Nov 01, 2012 2:40 pm

mtbgreg1 wrote:
skibum wrote:Sounds great.

What we really need to push is getting the Teddy Roosevelt National Park to allow MTBs on the short, 2-mile stretch of the Maah Daah Hey trail that cuts through one small remote corner of the North Unit of park. Being so far out, it sees almost zero use from hikers and very little from equestrians. Opening it would allow for 100+ miles of continuous singletrack through the North Dakota Badlands while adding nothing to potential user conflicts and trail impact.


How far away is it from roads and buildings? I imagine there are a lot of people that ride it to connect the two sections, legal or not.


You may be right--it's very remote--nowhere any kind of infrastructure whatsoever. One could easily scoot through the pretty flat 2 mile section in under 10 minutes. Not that I would ever do or advoacate such a thing. . .
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Re: 2 Natl Parks take final step to allow MTBing

Postby Greg Heil » Thu Nov 01, 2012 2:53 pm

skibum wrote:
mtbgreg1 wrote:
skibum wrote:Sounds great.

What we really need to push is getting the Teddy Roosevelt National Park to allow MTBs on the short, 2-mile stretch of the Maah Daah Hey trail that cuts through one small remote corner of the North Unit of park. Being so far out, it sees almost zero use from hikers and very little from equestrians. Opening it would allow for 100+ miles of continuous singletrack through the North Dakota Badlands while adding nothing to potential user conflicts and trail impact.


How far away is it from roads and buildings? I imagine there are a lot of people that ride it to connect the two sections, legal or not.


You may be right--it's very remote--nowhere any kind of infrastructure whatsoever. One could easily scoot through the pretty flat 2 mile section in under 10 minutes. Not that I would ever do or advoacate such a thing. . .


Yeah not advocacting it, I was just thinking that it probably happens...
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