Mammoth Mountain Bikers

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There might be an expansion to the singletrack open to mountain bikers inside Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave National Park. Mammoth was one of the first national parks to allow mountain biking on trails when they opened 12 miles of singletrack to fat tires in 1999. It was a successful two-year trial agreement that has led to the opportunity for more purpose built singletrack in the future.

As part of Mammoth’s Comprehensive Trail Plan update, the park has included an option that would allow for the construction of six miles of new trail for mountain bikers and hikers. The local biking advocacy group, the Bowling Green League of Bicyclists, supports the six-mile trail construction option and is hoping to add even more new trails to the expansion.

Currently, Mammoth Cave National Park has 70 miles of above ground trails, 12 miles of which are open to fat tires. It is one of the few national parks that allows mountain biking on singletrack. However, several similar trial agreements between national park superintendents and mountain bike advocacy groups across the country give mountain bikers hope for the future.


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