New mountain bike trails are nearly finished at Lake James State Park and will be opening on National Trails Day, June 7, the park recently announced.
The new trailhead is located in the Paddy’s Creek Area at Lake James, where the park has been expanding recreation over the last several years. “The trail system at Lake James State Park is a first-class project that we hope everyone will come and enjoy,” said Lake James State Park Superintendent, Nora Coffey.
Four miles of beginner trails and eleven miles of moderate to intermediate trails will serve those who are new to mountain biking and advanced riders looking for more cross country mileage. Alliance president, Paul Stahlschmidt, thinks this venue fills a void in the region: “Outside of greenways and double-track, there are not many trails for beginner riders,” he stated. “Lake James will be a place where everyone can enjoy being in the woods on singletrack.”
“The local community is very excited to see the opening of these trails,” said Alliance Board Member and Morganton resident Eric Loomis. “I look forward to riding local purpose-built trails and seeing others enjoy them as well. Thanks to our park staff for all the planning and hard work required to bring this from concept to reality.” Loomis has worked with park staff to help plan for the opening, as well as the future of mountain biking at the facility.
The Alliance is working with park staff on a long-term maintenance agreement for the trails and also helping to plan for the future.
Activities planned so far include the official dedication at 9:00 a.m., booths from sponsors and local bike shops, and guided rides.