Following the closing of the Sal Hollow Trail at Mammoth Cave National Park a few years ago local riders were in search of an opportunity to collaborate with land managers to develop a new system purpose built for mountain bikers that would fill the void left in the Southwest Kentucky Region.
Leaders of the Southwest Kentucky Mountain Bike Association (SW KyMBA), and IMBA Chapter, forged a partnership with the Kentucky State Parks and the US Army Corps of Engineers to develop a plan that is coming to life as we speak. Presently the partnership’s efforts continue to snowball with support coming from The Friends of Nolin Lake (FONL), The Point at Nolin, Barren River Health Department, & Breck’s Bicycle Shop.
The Brier Creek Trail, with the support from Alex Stewart of Spectrum Trail Design, highlights the numerous amazing natural assets of the region with long climbs, technical descents and scenic overlooks of Nolin Lake. There are currently two loops open and phase III is currently underway. The total length will be approximately 9-10 miles when complete.
Projects like this are a true testament to the power of partnerships with local land mangers coupled with the vision and dedication of local groups and stakeholders. We want to give a special shout out to all the donors to the project as the list is too long to highlight here and to Deryck Rodgers, USACE Lead Ranger at Nolin Lake.