New member here (Chris). My wife and I are staying in the lodge here and rode the Beaver Run Trail. It was my wife's first time riding a real mountain bike trail. She usually just does the Canal and other similar trails. Anyways, the trail was in good condition overall. We moved a few good sized logs in the pathway and repaired a sign that fell off of a tree that said Beaver Run Trail. The trail is a lot of fun and has nice views.
At about 1.1 miles in from the trailhead, a very large tree has fallen and needs to be cut. Other than that everything was awesome. My wife did really good. I'm so proud of her. Next up for her is FATS. Just joking. That will be in the future.
Well thank you guys and gals for everything you do to make these trails in our area so awesome. I will be happy to help in the future.
Last Edit: Feb 14, 2015 18:26:39 GMT -5 by Cannon5
Chris if you have not taken your wife on the Bartram trails that is a great place for novice riders to begin. The trail from Petersburg to Lake Springs gives a rider just over 9 miles. Although it was built as a beginner trail, there are still some areas that can help a new rider gain some skill. Best thing there isn't a whole lot of climbing so a rider will do a lot of pedaling which can get them aerobically sound and totally familiar with their bike before the climbing/descending that is FATS. Once they do that section they can continue on and do the Lake Springs loops and on to West Dam for the remainder of the east side of the trail.
Once all that feels good to the new rider, heading out on the west side from Petersburg to Wildwood and back can give the rider a good 18 mile work out with trail that has a few extra things built in to build skill. Again plenty of pedaling which is great for training and the chance to really get the whole shifting gears and braking things down.
You might have already done all of that but this a good opportunity to let others out there know just how great the Bartram is if you are introducing someone relatively new to the sport (I'm surprised by the people who don't know about it). And the Bartram is a great trail to introduce someone to night riding on!
Thanks so much for the update, we are getting some work parties scheduled - that really wet week really gave a boost to the foliage along the trails and the trees are simply that will be a constant. Next up will be our annual Turkey/Wine Creek mowathon and then we will evaluate what trail comes next. It definitely is a challenge trying to keep up 150 miles of trail and the trees just keep on falling! Stay tuned.
The trees have been cleared on the Lakeview Loop at Hickory Knob State Park (except one nice rider). Trail has also been lopped in the worse spots.
I rode the trail before this work was done and had a good ride so now it would be a really good ride. Just needs some wheels. If you haven't ridden there lately go check it out! Thanks so much guys for giving this trail some attention!
We had a small work party on the HKSP trails (in preparation for the upcoming Explore the Trail Ride on Saturday, October 3rd at 10:30am). Hopefully you can make the ride but if you can't be sure and go check this trail out, fall and winter riding on this trail are great!
Many of our USFS certified sawyers have chainsaw backpacks - they are a great way for them to carry a chainsaw out onto the trail if they need to cover a lot of ground.