|Spring Trail Work Days Set for Emerald Outback on Beech|
|Written by Steve Frank|
|Friday, 04 March 2011 12:29|
Beech Mountain, NC – Beech Mountain Parks & Recreation Department has announced trail workdays throughout the spring months on the Emerald Outback trails, which will be held Saturday, March 26, Saturday, April 9, and Sunday, May 8.
Over the past year many area residents have banded together to create what is the Emerald Outback trail system, a comprehensive public trail park that will soon total 10+ miles of trail for hiking, biking, running, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing use.
The Emerald Outback is the first phase of a bigger project, the Beech Mountain Adventure Trail Park. The Emerald Outback currently consists of 8 miles of single track, double track, and fire/gravel road trail. The entire Emerald Outback trail is nestled above 5,000ft. in elevation and has varying terrain and geographic features that make the trail system truly unique to the area. The trail system has been designed by bikers, hikers and trail runners in order to better meet the recreational demands of such outdoor enthusiasts. The best part is this is a public project, so the trails are open for your enjoyment. Beech Mountain citizens, Town employees, Beech Mountain Club employees, Banner Elk and Boone residents, and visitors to the area have all played a hand in the creation of this amazing trail network.
Existing trails will be cleaned and prepped for use, new signage will be posted, a 3+ mile trail extension in partnership with The Lodges at Eagles Nest will be completed, and the group will be placing additional directional and informational trail signage on all trails, constructing and installing bridges where needed as well as implementing erosion control and trail sustainability features.
Beech Mountain Parks & Recreation is reaching out to you to request your helping hand on these trail work days to make these trails more accessible, user friendly, and navigable for your recreational enjoyment.
The trail workdays will begin at the Beech Mountain Town Hall/Chamber of Commerce at 9 AM. Although some trail equipment will be provided, it is recommended that you bring along metal rakes, loppers, shears, gloves, weed-eaters, chainsaws, and leaf blowers of your own if you have them available. Also be sure to pack water and snacks.
As this is a public project, help from the public is needed in order to better the trails for your enjoyment. Please encourage anyone you know interested in trail building, biking, hiking, etc to come lend a hand to the Town of Beech Mountain. Your help is greatly needed and greatly appreciated!
For more information regarding the Emerald Outback or Beech Mountain Adventure Trail Park, the scheduled trail workdays, or general information about hiking and biking on Beech Mountain, please call 828.387.3003. You can also follow trail development, get group ride and workday updates, view park photos and maps, etc at: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/group.php?gid=129374807082146&ref=ts
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