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Trails and events from across the country.

From the Fall 2002 issue of Trail Tracks, the national newsletter of American Trails

Idaho

Rail Trail hosts first-ever motorized event

Last summer the Friends of the Weiser River Trail hosted an event by the Idaho ATV Association on what is usually a non-motorized trail. The number of vehicles was limited to 40 for this first-ever motorized event on the trail. Riders filled the motels in small towns near the destination at day's end. Merchants and residents welcomed the riders, who noted that each spent $75-100 for the outing

"The question is asked whether motorized use of the trail is compatible with non-motorized use," said Wally Sterling of the Idaho ATV Association. "Since this exploratory use of the trail by an older and more responsible segment of the motorized fraternity came off so smoothly, it can be said that yes there is a place, once in a while, for responsible groups like this one who were quite willing to pay a user fee to the Friends for the privilege of using the trail."

Indiana

Off-highway vehicle trails to open next spring

For years riders of ATVs and trail motorcycles in Indiana have had to either use private land or haul their vehicles another state. Next spring, however, the state Department of Natural Resources will open a 200-acre OHV park near Dugger, Indiana. The park will be located on an abandoned mining area known locally as "Red Bird."

Emily Kress, DNR Director, said the trails are basically ready and a parking lot, rest rooms, and entry structure will be completed for the opening. The trails will be open to four-wheel drive vehicles as well as motor bikes and ATVs. If this recreation area works out, the state is also considering setting up OHV trails on state land known as "Interlake" between Lynnville and Spurgeon.

North Carolina

New Heritage Trail celebrated

The City of Princeville unveiled its first three miles of trail, which was designated a National Recreation Trail this year. Princeville is the oldest U. S. town chartered by freed slaves. The trail network will also include interpretive signage describing the history of the town and its citizens. This first trail segment is along the newly rebuilt levee along the Tar River. Princeville was inundated with flooding in 1999 and has used this heritage trail to spur interest in the rebirth of the community. For more information, please contact Chris Abbett, Program Leader, at chris_abbett@nps.gov or (404) 562-3175 ext. 522.

Kentucky

Road converted to trail in Cumberland Gap

We rarely hear of a paved highway being turned into trails, but 3.2 miles of U.S. 25E is now part of a trail system. New tunnels carry traffic under the mountain, which is part of the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. The asphalt was stripped away and the corridor returned to its appearance when Daniel Boone marked out a trail here in 1775.

South Carolina

Statewide trail plan under development

Public meetings have been held around the state during the summer in anticipation of completing a South Carolina State Trail Plan by October. The Palmetto Conservation Foundation and the SC Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism are working on the new document. It will include an inventory of all existing trails statewide as well as proposed corridors.

The plan will be used as a guide for funding trail construction and improvements through the state's trail grants program. Funding is principally from the Recreational Trails Program of the Federal Highway Administration.

Texas

Texas Trails Network looks back on first 10 years

Texas Trails Network noisily celebrated its 10th year with an evening around the campfire. A decade ago, the new grass-roots nonprofit organization quietly began working to promote the growth of trails in the North Central Texas area. Since its debut in 1992, Texas Trails Network has grown into a statewide organization, recognized as a major voice for trails across Texas. According to TTN, "we have hosted numerous trail-related workshops and conferences, trained an army of volunteers, and created a trails movement with broad-based support across the state."

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