The Woodstock GA chapter of the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association (SORBA) is planning a work party Saturday from 9am to 1pm. According to The Cherokee Tribune, the work party is to clear the proposed trails for machine work at the Taylor Randahl Memorial bike trails at Olde Rope Mill Park. Taylor Randahl was a local teenager killed in 2000 in a tragic accident while biking. The 1.3 mile loop is the first part of a 5.8 mile south loop- the US Corps of Engineers is now reviewing plans for an additional three loop- if approved there will be 15-20 miles of additional mountain bike trails in southern Cherokee County. The trails would also eventually link to the Blankets Creek mountain bike trails in the Sixes area.
In addition to enhancing the quality of life for residents, the bike trails could provide an economic boost to the area. According to Jay Wilkes, SORBA'a president, about 10,000 bikers use the Blankets Creek trails each year. The trails are " minimal investment that draws people all over the southeast to ride it", he said.
Woodstock Mayor Donnie Henriques has long been a supporter of the trails and is aware of the positive impact the trails will provide the city. If you can't make the work party this weekend, the trail's dedication is set for May 8, 2010 at 10am.