If you’re worried you missed last month’s post, don’t: for the first time in 18 months, we didn’t track a single new mountain bike trail opening in March. That’s not to say new trails didn’t open, but clearly it was a quieter month than usual. The good news is several trails opened in April, and we’re tracking several massive projects around the world that are on schedule to open officially later this spring and summer.
Here are the trails we saw open to mountain bikes in April, 2021.
90s Jank (Saanich, British Columbia): What a great trail name! 90s Jank was built by volunteers with South Island Mountain Bike Society (SIMBS), and is located in Mount Work Regional Park.
Bogue Chitto State Park (Franklinton, Louisiana): The state park added 14 miles of new singletrack trails on April 10, thanks to the hard work and support of the Northshore Off-Road Biking Association.
Elk Grove Bike Park (Elk Grove, California): Technically the Elk Grove Bike Park has been open since at least 2013, but the park was basically rebuilt from the ground up, with three new lines and several wooden features added.
Free Will (Johnson City, Tennessee): Free Will is a new trail located in Winged Deer Park, built in part through the efforts of youth cycling volunteers.
Goshen Trails (Goshen, Indiana): The Goshen trail is back! After flooding, and a lack of use over the years, the trails disappeared for several years. After seeing other area trails becoming more crowded during the pandemic, volunteers have re-established the Goshen trails, and the South Bend Tribune has a good article telling the story.
Red Fleet Downhill Flow Trail (Vernal, Utah): Four new downhill routes were recently opened by the BLM at Red Fleet State Park, with trails graded from easy to advanced.
Shepherd Mountain (Ironton, Missouri): Following an exciting lead-up, Shepherd Mountain is officially open. Shuttle service is available, and there are plenty of challenging man-made and natural features for advanced riders. Read Singletracks’ ride report from opening weekend.
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