the trails at jakes rocks — an epic mountain biking trail system

Pennsylvania Kinzua Pathways proposes 30-40 miles of mountain biking trails along the Longhouse Drive shore area.

Mountain bicycling has become a major activity in many national forests, and clear management
strategies are needed to ensure continued recreation opportunities and protection of natural resources. The goal of this project is to provide sustainable mountain biking recreation on the Allegheny National Forest.

Studies show that mountain bicycling is one of the fastest growing recreation activities around the world. One of the key areas of focus for PKP is to improve trail recreation for multiple users while promoting good stewardship of natural resources.

This can be accomplished by focusing on the following:

• Reduction of use conflicts among multiple users
• Protection of resources
• Reduction in the occurrence of user created trails
• Education of user groups
• Development of land and user ethics and standards
• Development of volunteer opportunities
• Adherence to geotourism principles

 

Mountain biking trail system project at a glance

Pennsylvania Kinzua Pathways, in partnership with the Northern Alleghenies Mountain Bike Association, raised the funds to hire world renowned trail development company, Trail Solutions, sister company of IMBA (International Mountain Biking Association) to design and flag the trails. This phase was completed in the Spring of 2012.

Drastic budget cuts impeded the ANF from being able to complete the analysis necessary for the NEPA study (National Environmental Policy Act) required to move the project forward.

Creative and resourceful measures were taken and the groups are currently working on a memorandum of understanding between the Allegheny National Forest, Pennsylvania Kinzua Pathways, Warren Development Association, and local universities, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, Clarion University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania for students to gather the necessary data and develop the reports as part of an internship program, under ANF leadership.