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Putting Trail Accelerator Grants to Work in Cacapon

Putting Trail Accelerator Grants to Work in Cacapon

Nestled at the foot of the Allegheny Mountains in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle is Cacapon Resort State Park. Built in the 1930s by the Civilian…

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Nestled at the foot of the Allegheny Mountains in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle is Cacapon Resort State Park. Built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, Cacapon has long been a destination for hikers, equestrians, anglers, and golfers. Now, the park is looking to add mountain bikers to that list. Mark Hoyle of the Cacapon Foundation cruising down Thunderstruck with IMBA Trail Solutions’ Joey Klein & Chris Orr. Just a two-hour drive from major metropolitan centers like Baltimore and Washington, D.C., Cacapon is ideally situated to become the next Mid-Atlantic mountain biking hub. To help them achieve that, the Cacapon Resort State Park Foundation applied for an IMBA Trail Accelerator Grant (TAG) in 2019.

TAG funds are used specifically to help communities with professional trail planning and consultation services. The park had already begun construction on a 2.2-mile beginner trail designed for hosting National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) races, but if more people were going to visit Cacapon to ride, the park knew it needed a comprehensive trail vision. “The trails here at Cacapon are notoriously West Virginian,” says Cacapon Resort State Park Trail Coordinator Eric Fitzpatrick. “They’re very rocky. There’s not a lot of beginner stuff.”

Eric Fitzpatrick working on hand-built sections of Thunderstruck. Photo by Chris Orr Before building the NICA course, Cacapon had roughly 10 miles of existing singletrack to ride, but the trails were CCC-built and, as such, decidedly technical in flavor. So when IMBA announced Cacapon as one of the TAG awardees in early […]

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