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Public Meetings Set to Discuss New Bike Trail Fees in State Parks

ATLANTA, December 20, 2011 -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has scheduled two public meetings to discuss proposed mountain bike trail fees at three state parks. DNR officials are considering charging a $2 fee at Fort Yargo, Hard Labor Creek and Unicoi state parks to help offset operational and maintenance costs.

The meetings are scheduled for:
  • January 9, 7 p.m. at Ft. Yargo State Park in Winder.  Camp Will-A-Way’s gymnasium.
  • January 11, 7 p.m. at Unicoi State Park in Helen.  Logo Meeting Room at the lodge.
During the past few years, Georgia’s State Parks have been challenged with finding ways to rely less on state funding while keeping parks open for public use.  To meet this challenge, officials are looking at user fees and annual passes to cover activities such as horseback riding, disc golf, miniature golf and mountain biking.  Revenue from equestrian and mountain bike trails could be especially useful since high-impact trails require more maintenance.
Fort Mountain State Park near Chatsworth already charges a $3 bike trail fee, which is not expected to change.  The new proposal includes a $2 bike trail fee for Fort Yargo, Hard Labor Creek and Unicoi state parks, as well as a $25 annual pass good for all state park bike trails.  To learn more about biking in Georgia’s state parks, visit
For directions to the public meetings, go to  Written comments may be submitted to January 20, 2012.

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