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ACTION ALERT: Park Service Considers Important Mountain Bike Connector Trail

21 January 2013 No Comment
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If the new trailhead is approved a mountain biker could ride ride from downtown Chattanooga to Lula Lake Land Trust and beyond, once all the trails have been completed.

The National Parks Service is considering a new parks management plan for its Chattanooga National Military Park, which could including opening an additional trail to mountain bikers.

Currently mountain bikers are restricted to a few miles of double track trail in the park, which cannot be accessed by bordering Covenant College mountain bikers as the only trail from the trail to the park is restricted to hikers.   The proposal calls for a new trailhead at the Ochs Gateway near Covenant College.

Ensuring that this trailhead and connector trail are open to mountain bikers is important, as this short trail will act as the long desired connector between various trails that will eventually connect mountain bike accessible trails from Chattanooga’s River Front Greenway, the Lookout Mountain Conservancy, the Lula Lake Land Trust, Cloudland Canyon and the Georgia Pinhoti Trail in a unified mountain bike accessible network.

This plan is still under consideration and it is important that mountain bikers show support for this new trailhead and connector trail.  The Tennessee Mountain Biking Alliance encourages all mountain bikers in the area to attend and show your support for the adoption of this plan.

There two public meetings schedule for public comment.  one at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, to be held at St. Elmo Fire Hall, 4501 St. Elmo Ave., Chattanooga, Tennessee.

UPDATE:  The NPS has established a comment period, and TMBA encourages everyone to respond with their support for Alternative C.  To review the plan and register your comment, please follow this link:  http://www.parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?parkID=365&projectID=14746&documentID=51678

Alternative C is the plan preferred by the Lookout Mountain Conservancy.

Source and additional information:  Times Free Press

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