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Mayor Opens Mountain Bike Trail at Cane Ridge

10/6/2012

New Trails are First Expansion in Nashville Since 1993

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Mayor Karl Dean with Metro Parks opened the new Cane Ridge mountain bike trail today. The newly constructed 2-mile section is the first phase of a planned nine-mile trail system at Cane Ridge Park.

The new Cane Ridge mountain bike trail is the first expansion of mountain bike trails in Nashville since trails opened at Hamilton Creek Park in 1993. The city is planning additional trails at Bells Bend and Percy Warner Park.

“Expanding our mountain bike trail system offers more opportunities to be healthy and spend time outdoors enjoying our green spaces,” Dean said. “One of the best parts of this project is the collaboration between Metro Parks and the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association. Mountain bikers from that organization stepped in to design and build these trails, and we appreciate their enthusiastic involvement.”

The city’s 2013 fiscal year capital spending plan included $1 million for mountain bike trails and support facilities at Cane Ridge, Bells Bend and Percy Warner Park. At Cane Ridge, those funds provided materials for the trailhead structure and signage, which the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association (SORBA) built and installed. More than 80 SORBA volunteers contributed over 900 volunteer hours on the Cane Ridge trails over the past year.

The city also plans to build a parking lot, trailhead and make bridge improvements for a planned 5-mile trail at Bells Bend, which SORBA also will design and build. Additionally, the city will begin the process of trail design at Percy Warner Park this fall.

“The trails at Cane Ridge are family friendly and go through beautiful woods,” said Tommy Lynch, director of Metro Parks. “The dirt-packed trail doesn’t have any big hills and will be an enjoyable experience for both beginner and intermediate riders.”

The ribbon-cutting at Cane Ridge was to have taken place in conjunction with Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day. The Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day had to be postponed due to rainy weather, and a new event day will be announced later. This event is a national celebration to encourage mountain biking among youth. It is put on by the International Mountain Bicycling Association and is hosted locally by SORBA of Middle Tennessee.

Information and maps can be found at http://www.nashville.gov/Parks-and-Recreation/Greenways-and-Trails/Biking.aspx.

Fact Sheet

Mountain Bile Trails

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Mayor Karl Dean with Metro Parks opened the new Cane Ridge mountain bike trail today. It is the first expansion of mountain bike trails in Nashville since trails opened at Hamilton Creek Park in 1993. The city is planning additional trails at Bells Bend and Percy Warner Park.

  • The Cane Ridge Park mountain bike trail includes 2 miles of beginner/intermediate single-track. It is the first of three phases of a planned nine-mile trail system at Cane Ridge Park. The Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association (SORBA) designed, built and will maintain the trail, as well as develop the remaining two phases.
  • Bells Bend Park improvements include a five-mile trail for beginner riders. SORBA will design, build and maintain the trail, which will include two loops. Trail design took place earlier this year and some trail construction will start this fall.
  • Design work for trails at Percy Warner Park will begin this fall. Planned improvements include a parking lot with 75 to 100 parking spaces, trail head kiosk and orientation map, trail access to the mountain bike trails and paved access for pedestrians and bicyclers to the road system in Percy Warner Park.
  • Hamilton Creek Park has about 11 miles of single-track mountain bike trails, which opened in April, 1993. The park has two technical loops: the intermediate Lakeside Trail, which is four-miles long, and the advanced Pinnacle Trail, which is 6.5 miles. The trails include creek beds, narrow passages, multiple rock drops, log crossings and steep downhill sections. The trails are maintained by SORBA.