Matt Joiner is heavily involved in the local cycling community in Jackson and spearheaded the latest effort to make the sport even more visible around the area that’s nearing completion.
The Madison County Commission approved the project to develop a competitive cycling trail through county property behind Pugh Bourne Park near Oakfield, and that trail is nearly complete.
“One of the fastest-growing aspects of cycling right now is high school mountain biking, and there are a couple of trails in Tennessee but nothing near Jackson,” Joiner said. “And I think adding a nice trail on public land where the costs would be minimal would give us in the local cycling community a place to do some trail riding.”
The county commission approved the work at its February meeting, but then the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March. And like many things, the work on the trail was slowed down.
“We’d planned on having a few workdays and inviting everyone interested in it, whether they were from the Jackson Spokes Club or just people who wanted to get this done for other reasons, to help carve out the trails,” Joiner said. “But we couldn’t do that and stay socially distanced, so we had a few people come out on certain days and do some work.”
The trail weaves through the woods behind the ballfields and equestrian area at Pugh Bourne, and it’s 3.25 miles right now. Joiner said there’s a possibility to extend that.
“There’s area out there to add another mile and a half or so […]