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SW KyMBA Update December 2013

10 October 2013 No Comment

Dear Kentucky Mountain Bikers,

SW KyMBA has a lot of cool stuff happening on this last month of 2013. Here are a few updates for this December.


1) Its Official; The BIG HOLLOW TRAIL will open to the public Saturday Dec 14. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony sometime in the Spring. Here is a copy of the Mammoth Cave National Park Press release:
MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky., December 11, 2013 – The Maple Springs Trailhead, Maple Springs Loop Road and Big Hollow Trail in Mammoth Cave National Park will open to the public on December 14, 2013.

“It is with great pleasure that I make this announcement – Big Hollow Trail and Maple Springs Trailhead are open and ready for use,” said Superintendent Sarah Craighead.  “Having these areas closed since spring has been a hardship on park visitors, and we appreciate their patience.  There are still a few items to complete, and when those are finished we will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate (come Spring).  We ask all trail users to take care of the trails and use them wisely.”

In July, Craighead signed an agreement with the Southwest Kentucky Mountain Bike Association (SWKyMBA) which established its members as the primary caretakers of the new 8-mile Big Hollow Trail.

“Southwest KyMBA is very excited to hear the news of the opening of the Big Hollow Trail to mountain bikers, hikers and trail runners,” said SWKyMBA Chairman Chip Winger.  “As the Big Hollow Trail stewards, we would kindly ask all user groups to maintain proper trail etiquette while utilizing the trail.  Thanks in advance for your cooperation – see you on the trail.”

SWKyMBA’s guidelines for responsible trail use and etiquette provide a common sense approach for all visitors:

1. Do not use trails when they are muddy.

2. Be wary of freeze/thaw conditions, when temperatures drop below freezing at night and climb above freezing in the day.  A trail can quickly become the consistency of peanut butter and should be avoided.  During freeze/thaw, use only when the trail is frozen.

3. When encountering opposite traffic both users should go to their right and stay on the trail.

4. When passing a slower trail user while traveling in the same direction, pass on the left and be courteous by letting other trail users know of your whereabouts and intentions.

In accordance with its 2009 trail plan, the park contracted with the Lightsey Corporation to:

• expand parking at Maple Springs Trailhead from 14 spaces to 35 spaces (15 for trailers, 20 for vehicles, and two will be handicapped accessible);

• construct a multiuse extension of Raymer Hollow Trail to connect the Maple Springs Research Station, Maple Springs Group Campground, Maple Springs Trailhead, and the new Big Hollow Trail;

• construct the new 8-mile, multi-loop Big Hollow Trail for hikers and bikers (built by Trail Dynamics); and

• eliminate the trailhead and trail access from Good Spring United Baptist Church yard.  (Road access to the church and cemetery remains.)

Mammoth Cave National Park now provides more than 90 miles of trails.  All trails are open to hikers.  Northside trails, with the exception of Big Hollow, are open to horse-use.  North of Green River, bicycles are permitted on Big Hollow and White Oak trails; south of the river bicycles are permitted on the Mammoth Cave Railroad Bike & Hike Trail, Licklog Road, Crystal Cave Road, Great Onyx Road and Union City Road.

Vickie Carson
Public Information Officer
Mammoth Cave National Park
P.O. Box 7
Mammoth Cave, KY 42259

2) Brier Creek Trail, Nolin Lake State Park: Alex Stewart AKA:  Spectrum Trail Design in conjunction with SW KyMBA and USACE has begun work on the Point Loop XC Trail & the intermediate  Flow Trails on December 3.. Come join us to help put in some cool new trail. Check our meetup site for further details.
3) Ben Hawes: Alex & Spectrum Trail Design in coordination with SW KyMBA are currently underway adding the last section of bermy rollers on the Rudy Mines Trail at Ben Hawes Park in Owensboro. This trail is the definition of recycled gravity in its finest form.
4) Low Hollow Trail, Weldon Peete Park, Bowling Green: Come check it out. The recent IMBA Trail Care Crew alongside the many volunteers has added a new section of rollers, berms and cool hip to the trail. Work is still in progress. Combine that with the sections of trail that Trail Dynamics and SW KyMBA put in recently and you get a killer little urban mountain bike trail.
5) Riverfront Bike Park and Pump Track, Bowling Green: We are still in the approval stage but things are looking very promising. The City Commission is set to have its final review followed by Municipal Order this December to approve SW KyMBA’s endeavors to proceed with the Pump Track and Skills Course to be located at Mitch McConnel Park. This will ultimaly be connected to the Low Hollow Trail and Weldon Peete Park making up the Riverfront Bike Park.
Best Regards,
Chip Winger

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