Ironton, Missouri is about to get rad.
Earlier this month a groundbreaking ceremony took place on a major project to bring mountain bike trails to 800 acres of city-owned property which boasts an impressive 600 feet of elevation gain from the base to the peak. The town hopes the trails will draw mountain bikers from all around the midwest, especially the St. Louis area which is about 90 miles away.
Plans include a road for shuttle operations and the trails should be open year round thanks to the mild climate. With construction under way, the park hopes to be open sometime in 2021.
Follow the progress on the Shepherd Mountain Bike Park Facebook page.