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Contact: Vickie Carson, 270-758-2192
Contact: Chip Winger, SWKyMBA
MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky., May 23, 2014 – Saturday, June 7, is National Trails Day, the perfect day to celebrate a new backcountry feature at Mammoth Cave – Big Hollow Trail. Park staff and trail enthusiasts will gather at the Maple Springs Trailhead at 10:00 a.m. to hear a few remarks and to cut a ribbon on Big Hollow Trail.
Big Hollow Trail is an 8-mile single track trail for hikers, trail runners and mountain bikes, constructed last year in the backcountry of Mammoth Cave National Park.
“Big Hollow’s construction is an action item – now complete – from the park’s Comprehensive Trail Management Plan,” said Acting Superintendent Russell Runge. “Public comments on that plan showed us that trail users had concerns about putting horses, bikers and hikers on the same trails. Big Hollow Trail allows the park to provide a different experience in our backcountry, while maintaining traditional visitor use as well.”
Park staff will be joined by members of the Sierra Club, Bowling Green Road Runners, International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA), Southwest Kentucky Mountain Bike Association (SWKyMBA), Bowling Green League of Bicyclists, Kentucky Backcountry Horsemen, the Mammoth Cave Backcountry Horsemen, and the Friends of Mammoth Cave NP to celebrate the day.
The park contracted with the Lightsey Corporation in 2013 to build the Big Hollow Trail, expand parking at Maple Springs Trailhead, construct the 1.5-mile Maple Springs Trail, and eliminate the trailhead and trail access at Good Spring United Baptist Church. Ed Sutton of Trail Dynamics, subcontractor to Lightsey, completed the work in December 2013.
In July 2013, SWKyMBA signed an agreement with the park which established SWKyMBA members as the primary caretakers of Big Hollow Trail.
“Southwest KyMBA gladly accepted this responsibility to make the trail available to our local members and to park visitors as they the country,” said SWKyMBA Chairman Chip Winger. “As the Big Hollow Trail stewards, we ask all hikers and bikers to help us care for the trail by using it wisely and practicing good trail etiquette.”
The National Park Service established an agreement with IMBA in 2005, and renewed it in 2010, to increase biking opportunities and volunteerism in national parks.
Mammoth Cave National Park now provides more than 90 miles of trails. All trails are open to hikers. Northside trails, with the exception of Big Hollow, are open to horse-use (about 60 miles). North of Green River, bicycles are permitted on Big Hollow and White Oak trails; south of the river bicycles are permitted on the Mammoth Cave Railroad Bike & Hike Trail, Licklog Road, Crystal Cave Road, Great Onyx Road and Union City Road (about 25 miles).
About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 395 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.