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Chewacla Bike Trails Extended
Mountain Bikers Expand Chewacla Trail System
A non-profit group of mountain bikers, the Central Alabama Mountain Pedalers (CAMP), are busy expanding and renovating the trails at Chewacla State Park in Auburn. Since 2011, CAMP has built 15 miles of new trails in the park. The group also plans to renovate and improve other Chewacla facilities. The trails are a mix of new track and expansions of existing trails including some of original Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) trails.
According to CAMP president Mack Story, the new trails were developed with notable historic points of interest and natural beauty in mind. “A primary goal of CAMP to help bring the park back to life as a thriving facility that offers many different opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors,” Story said.
While dependent upon funding, some of the planned improvements include a zip line, updated playground equipment, a disc golf course, adding more than 10 miles of flow-type mountain bike trail, adding two pump tracks, and a bike wash/changing room station. The pump tracks are currently in the construction phase. CAMP is also working to secure a recreational trails grant that would make some of the park improvements possible.
“The partnership between Chewacla, CAMP, and the local business that have donated materials creates a win-win situation for Auburn area by generating revenue for Chewacla, the city of Auburn, and local businesses. This effort also creates new opportunities for outdoor recreation, which only enhances the quality of life for park visitors and their families,” Story said.
The new trails are open for mountain biking and hiking.
For more information about the other outdoor recreation opportunities at Chewacla State Park, visit their website.