Rode Boyd Pond today. Some damage on main Mtb, foot trail from horse traffic. They rode maybe 3/4 of the upper main trail. Lots of hoof divots. Saw the two horses and riders on the wood bridge. I told them riding horses damages the trail and I believed that riding horses on trial was not allowed. They told me they saw no horse riding signs in the park. I read the rules sign for the first time and did not see any rules about riding horses in the park. Hopefully SORBA-CSRA can get permission for NO HORSE RIDING ON TRAILS. If you need to see the impact of riding horses on trails, go ride Langley Pond trail.
Post by gospeedlite on Feb 27, 2016 15:23:45 GMT -5
Thanks for the info. As part of our GAIT amd SORBA Boyd trail improvement project, we are developing a sign package with Aiken park management that would implement segregation of different users. General agreement so far that the tight north west side of pond trails are for trail runners and mountain bikers. Short sight lines, tricky terrain in spots, intentionally narrow and side hill sections, and equine trail damage support that split. Hopefully the final results will accomplish that. And the boardwalk bridge is runners and bikers only per common sense! Unfortunately one of the conditions for the Langley Pond trail land access was apparently for it to be designsted an equestrian and hikers trail. Hopefully to be re-visited!