12 Fresh Mountain Bike Trails that Opened in May, 2021

April showers bring May flowers, and new mountain bike trails too, apparently! Here are 12 trail projects that opened this month for riders to start exploring ASAP.

The Beach and The Grom (Shelby Township, Michigan): Two new trails were recently added to Stony Creek Metro Park, including The Grom, which is an adaptive- and beginner-friendly trail. The Beach is another adaptive-friendly trail that’s longer — about two miles — and is also known as A Loop.

Devil’s Den State Park. File photo: Singletracks member GTXC4.

Devil’s Den (West Fork, Arkansas): On May 6 another 12 miles of singletrack was officially opened at Devil’s Den State Park, bringing the park’s total mileage to 18.

Goose Loop Trail (Craig, Colorado): The 2-mile Goose Loop trail was recently added to Loudy-Simpson Park, built in a day by the Craig Hotshot Wildland Fire Crew in conjunction with the BLM.

Maryland Mountain (Black Hawk, Colorado): The Boulder Mountainbike Alliance and COMBA volunteers recently opened the downhill-only Hard Money trail in the Maryland Mountain trail system, with plans for three more DH-only trails to open by 2022.

Jaw Bone (Marquette, Michigan): The South Marquette trails just got a new a beginner-friendly flow trail.

Mt. Timpanogos Bike Park (Orem, Utah): The second phase of the bike park opened this month, with a mix of wooden features and about a mile of singletrack.

Rend Lake trail map, US Army Corps of Engineers.

Palisade Plunge (Palisade, Colorado): It’s finally here! Well, at least first 17-mile section of this soon-to-be epic. The lower half of the route officially opens tomorrow, May 29, with the full route — which includes 6,000 feet of descending — on track to open sometime in July.

Rend Lake (Benton, Illinois): While the 6-mile Rend Lake trail system was completed sometime last year, the ribbon cutting was postponed until May 14 for an official, re-grand opening this month.

Photo Courtesy Soldier Mountain.

Soldier Mountain (Fairfield, Idaho): We actually announced the opening of the Soldier Mountain bike park last summer, but due to Covid that didn’t happen as planned. This month the park officially, officially opened to riding!

Photo courtesy Snowbasin Resort.

Squirrel Downhill Bike Trail (Huntsville, Utah): Two new sections were added to improve the flow of the trail, located in Snowbasin resort.

The Thickets (Spruce Pine, North Carolina): A new pump track officially opened May 22, making this one of the first MTB-specific facilities in Mitchell County in western North Carolina.

Touch of Nature (Carbondale, Illinois): Southern Illinois University just unleashed 9+ miles of trails on their Carbondale campus, with plans for up to 30 miles of singletrack when the system is fully built out.

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