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Bartram Trail on to Wildwood Getting the Areas Best Reviews !

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Network grows for biking trails

Outdoor-minded volunteers expanded a network of mountain bike trails that finally linked five major recreation areas on the Columbia County side of Thurmond Lake.


 Phase #1 of the trail system was established four years ago, when the corps opened an 8.5-mile trail from the West Dam Recreation Area to the Lake Springs Recreation Area and on to the Petersburg camping area.

"Since the first trails opened, we've gotten more positive responses than anything we've done up here in years," said Tom Lewis, Thurmond Lake's natural resources manager. "The users of these trails also volunteer a lot of their time helping to keep these trails up."

Then the 2.8-mile segment that starts ( where the corps' existing trail ends ) at Petersburg and dead ends at the Columbia County Water Intake Access Dirt Road .( Looks like a powerline clearing with a lone picnic table ) .

Phase #2 continued the trail into Wildwood Park.

Phase #3 which may become the last to be finished will be a mountain bike trail within Wildwood Park that will integrate into the park's master plan.


Phase #4 connected Wildwood Park to the existing Keg Creek mountain bike trail .


Back Burnner future plans could include trail extensions to link Keg Creek Wildlife Management Area to Mistletoe State Park farther up the lake's Little River arm.

Maps of the trails and parking areas -- and details about volunteer opportunities and off-road cycling -- are available at :



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