Prineville, Oregon Area Gets Second Shot at New MTB Trails [Trail Flow]

After a 2023 trail proposal cancellation, Prineville, Oregon land managers are pitching a new concept, plus more trail news.
Prineville, Oregon. File photo, courtesy of Travis Holman

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Comment period open for Horse Ridge trail plans

Bend, Oregon

The comment period for a proposed 13-mile trail system in Bend, Oregon, has opened. Currently there is over 50 miles of user-created, non-motorized trails traversing the Horse Ridge Recreation Area, but there are no formally designated trails.

The Bureau of Land Management’s Prineville district Deschutes Fied Office is proposing an established trail system and could improve current, user-created trails, close other trails or build new trails.

The BLM says this area is already “well-loved,” according to KTVZ, which may lessen resistance to the project.

A 52-mile trail proposal in Prineville was cancelled last year because of strong opposition by residents in the area.

Comment here on the project.

Photo: Timberlands Highland Resort Facebook post.

Timberlands Highland Resort trails open

San Mateo, Rizal, Philippines

The trails at Timberlands Highland Resort bike park officially opened on February 10. The park is open Tuesday through Sunday weekly.

20-mile trail network under consideration

Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania

The Altoona Water Authority is working toward creating a trail network and the city of Hollidaysburg, PA is hosting a public discussion today to get community input. The locaion for the trail system is located near Horseshoe Curve on Authority-managed land.

Oglebay Resort plans 7+ miles of MTB trails

Wheeling, West Virginia

Oglebay Resort is planning to construct at least seven miles of mountain bike trails according to WTOV9. The resort is home to hiking and horseback trails plus an outdoor adventure center.

City plans for big bike skills park improvments

Grand Rapids, Michigan

The City of Grand Rapids is looking at $500,000 in improvements for the Grand Rapids’ Bike Park. A state grant of $300,000 would help cover the costs, and $200,000 would come from the city’s millage, or property taxes levied on the property, according to M Live. Improvements would cover additional parking, a gathering shelter and new trails.

New Trails in North Carolina Coming

Statesville, North Carolina

A mountain in North Carolina, owned by TV news station WBTV, is getting its first public trails thanks to an easement agreement with the news station and the Catawba Lands Conservancy.

The trails, three miles in total, have been designed by Community Trail Design and include a beginner-level loop around the base of the mountain, and a more challenging trail to the summit. Construction isn’t planned until 2026 and slated to cost around $800,000.

New Zealand MTB race moved for fire risk

Picton, New Zealand

The fourth round of the Mountain Bike New Zealand National Cross Country Series 2024 will be held in the Victoria Domain in Picton, rather than the originally slated Blenheim’s Wither Hills Mountain Bike Park because of a fire risk, brought by very dry weather.

$50K grant for new mountain bike trails

Ridgway, Pennsylvania

According to WTAJ, Sandy Beach Park is set to see new and improved mountain bike trails thanks to a $50K Lumber Heritage grant.