Jakes Rocks is Open for Mountain Biking!
More than 300 people celebrated the much-anticipated opening of the Allegheny National Forest’s Jakes Rocks Mountain Bike Trial. Biking enthusiasts, collaborators, Forest Service employees and local elected officials and dignitaries attended August 28 ceremony that marked the opening of the first 10 miles of the forest’s first dedicated mountain bike trail. The event was held in conjunction with project partners: Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry, Pennsylvania Kinzua Pathways and Northern Allegheny Mountain Bike Association. “This project is a true collaborative effort between the Allegheny National Forest, our partners, and the community,” said Forest Supervisor Sherry Tune.
The project’s roots began in 2010, when the Pennsylvania Kinzua Pathways (PKP) proposed a mountain bike trail project on the Allegheny National Forest. Through collaborative partnerships and agreements, the ANF completed the environmental assessment and then signed the decision notice in July 2015. Project implementation began in late spring 2016, and by mid-August, 10 miles of the 46-mile trail were completed. The remaining 36 miles are expected to be completed in the next two years.
When completed, the system will have something for every skill level, including loops that vary in difficulty and distance. Tune told the crowd that, “It’s your forest…this trail is all about getting people out and using their forest.” And use it they did. After the ceremony, bicyclists from around the country, rode the trails and participated in a variety of time trials. “Through everyone’s combined efforts, we will provide exciting new opportunities on the forest that will also benefit our local communities,” said Tune.
Photos courtesy of the Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry (WCCBI).