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New Mountain Bike Trail Fees Announced

ATLANTA, January 25, 2012– The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced new mountain bike trail fees and passes at three state parks. Beginning March 1, a $2 daily or $25 annual pass will be required at Fort Yargo, Hard Labor Creek and Unicoi state parks. The existing $3 trail fee at Fort Mountain State Park will not change.

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.

Fort Mountain State Park near Chatsworth has charged a $3 bike trail fee since opening its extensive bike trail system in 1997.  The other three parks will charge a $2 bike trail fee. Avid mountain bikers may purchase a $25 annual pass that provides unlimited access to all four mountain bike trails and covers each family member.  The laminated passes must be displayed at all times while riding and are good at all parks visited that day. 
The DNR conducted two public meetings and invited online comments during January on proposed fees.  After evaluating feedback from park users, officials agreed to offer free passes to its most dedicated volunteers.
Bicycling opportunities are continually expanding in Georgia’s State Parks.  Hard Labor Creek State Park in Rutledge will open six new miles of mountain bike trails this spring, and trails are being planned for the new Chattahoochee Bend State Park near Newnan.  Panola Mountain State Park joined the PATH Foundation in offering a paved multi-use trail in Stockbridge.  A few years ago, the agency kicked off its Muddy Spokes Club which helps bikers improve their riding skills at six state parks.   
At the four parks which require mountain bike trail fees, riders without an annual pass will be required to check in at the park office during regular hours.  Park officials believe that checking in helps improve safety, especially for new riders or during emergencies.  Annual pass holders will not need to check in each day, except at Fort Mountain State Park which has the most remote and difficult trails.

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