The New River Gorge Trail Alliance is pleased to announce its new partnership with The Summit – Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve to allow mountain bikers to ride the world-class bike trails at the Summit Bechtel Reserve.
The Summit Bechtel Reserve maintains a 35-mile system of cross-country and downhill-oriented mountain bike trails, built for progression from basic beginner to expert. Normally these trails are only available to Boy Scouts visiting the Summit, but in the off-season, the Summit Bechtel Reserve needs help maintaining their trails, and is making them available to the public through this new partnership with the New River Gorge Trail Alliance.
Phil Waidner, New River Gorge Trail Alliance board member, feels that this trail partnership is beneficial to both the Summit and to local bike riders. “To stay in good shape, bike trails need to be ridden year-round,” Waidner said. “By allowing the public to come in and ride the trails, the Summit gets help with their trail maintenance, and mountain bike riders get a chance to experience some awesome flow trails, dual-slalom courses, a skills park, a dirt-jump learning zone, and multiple pump tracks that aren’t really available anywhere else in our area.” David Kopsa, Director of the High Adventure Base at the Summit, agreed: “This is a great partnership and The Summit is always excited to find ways to get members of the community out to experience what the property has to offer.”
In order to ride these trails, members of the public must join the New River Gorge Trail Alliance and sign a waiver. Membership in the Trail Alliance is only $15 for an individual or $25 for a family. The Summit trails are generally open to ride from late October through late April, but always check the SBR Partnership Calendar at NRGTA’s website before heading out.
The New River Gorge Trail Alliance is a non-profit organization that promotes the health and well-being of the area by building and maintaining a regional trail system. More information is available at www.nrgta.org and www.nrgta.org/Summit-Bechtel-Reserve-Partnership.