New trails at Sope Creek--date set for opening

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New trails at Sope Creek--date set for opening

Postby robina » Fri Mar 08, 2013 9:05 am

Date Set for Bikes on Newly Designated Sope Creek Trails: April 5, 2013

Sandy Springs: The final version of a new regulation allowing
bicyclists on newly designated multi-use trails at Sope Creek in the
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA) has been
published in the Federal Register. According to the new regulation,
6.7 miles of trail arranged in a loop-style system will be open to
bikes starting Friday, April 5, 2013.

“Creating multi-use trails at Sope Creek is the result of years of
planning and discussions with neighbors, hikers, and bicyclists,” said
CRNRA Superintendent Patty Wissinger. “We look forward to working
productively with organized, responsible bicycle groups to make this
new regulation successful for all our trail users.”

CRNRA volunteers have already installed new bike gates at trail
intersections where the newly designated multi-use trail meets trails
that will remain pedestrian-only. Additional steps to be taken before
April 5 include posting new regulatory signs and maps. New site
regulations are expected to include one-way travel for bicycles on
alternating days (matching practices at other sites such as Roswell’s
Big Creek) and no riding 24 hours after rainstorms. New trail maps
will include bicycle regulations as well as difficulty indicators.
“The newly designated trails at Sope Creek are easy, beginner trails,”
Wissinger added. “They work best for leisurely family rides.”

To see the publication in the Federal Register, follow this link:
http://1.usa.gov/Z2kp5y
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Re: New trails at Sope Creek--date set for opening

Postby tenbsmith » Fri Mar 08, 2013 1:45 pm

This is going really well after the extended delay. I'm looking forward to trying them out in the near future.
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Re: New trails at Sope Creek--date set for opening

Postby funhog » Mon Mar 11, 2013 10:25 pm

Is there a good map of the trails? I've seen the small on on SORBA-Atlanta, but can't read it very well.
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Re: New trails at Sope Creek--date set for opening

Postby cmags » Tue Mar 12, 2013 12:32 am

funhog wrote:Is there a good map of the trails? I've seen the small on on SORBA-Atlanta, but can't read it very well.


I posted a before and after map in this thread. I believe there are even higher res versions out there but I'm typing from my phone.

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Re: New trails at Sope Creek--date set for opening

Postby funhog » Tue Mar 12, 2013 11:59 am

Thanks! That's great.
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Re: New trails at Sope Creek--date set for opening

Postby cmags » Tue Mar 12, 2013 12:30 pm

Here's a PDF of the new map: http://www.nps.gov/chat/planyourvisit/u ... ps-new.pdf

And the links to the rest of the maps: http://www.nps.gov/chat/planyourvisit/maps.htm
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Re: New trails at Sope Creek--date set for opening

Postby grog » Fri Mar 22, 2013 1:46 pm

It appears that not all are happy with the new trails . . .

Letter to the editor in the MDJ . . .

Article on the signs being vandalized . . .

Article on the expansion of trails. The funny thing about this is that if you've been around mountain biking long enough to remember him, anti-mtb activist Mike Vandeman makes an appearance in the comments . . .
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Re: New trails at Sope Creek--date set for opening

Postby LoneStar » Fri Mar 22, 2013 3:12 pm

What a surprise he chimed in :roll:
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Re: New trails at Sope Creek--date set for opening

Postby yellowzx » Fri Mar 22, 2013 4:30 pm

Who can people contact about a bike patrol group for the area. I am a member of the Woodstock patrol but I spend a lot of time at Soap too.
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Re: New trails at Sope Creek--date set for opening

Postby iconherder » Sun Mar 24, 2013 9:32 pm

Justin Eikenberry at the NPS is the best person to contact. I don't want to just post his contact info on the message board but if you PM me I will send it to you.

They don't have "bike patrol" exactly, they call it a "Bike VIP" program, but it is very similar to bike patrol.
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Re: New trails at Sope Creek--date set for opening

Postby ScottGreer » Tue Apr 02, 2013 9:37 am

Planing on be there Saturday morning! :rock:

It'd be nice to see Mike there :D
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Re: New trails at Sope Creek--date set for opening

Postby OffroadRatfish » Tue Apr 02, 2013 9:50 am

Scott,

I know you're being facetious, but Vandeman lives in Cali. ie...this isn't even his pot to piss in.
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Re: New trails at Sope Creek--date set for opening

Postby sdreiske » Tue Apr 02, 2013 1:46 pm

Huge thanks to the folks who have worked at getting this trail to its new route. I don't often have time to get to somewhere farther out from where I live but Sope is right in between work and home so it gives me a place to ride after work. I look forward to hitting some previously forbidden trail. I appreciate all of the efforts and know it has taken years. Thanks. :thumbup:
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Re: New trails at Sope Creek--date set for opening

Postby DrDanBatchelor » Fri Apr 05, 2013 7:23 am

Going to try them out today
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Re: New trails at Sope Creek--date set for opening

Postby iconherder » Fri Apr 05, 2013 8:23 am

Hopefully they will dry up by the afternoon. Not sure I'm going to be able to ride as planned, I did something funky to my rib last night.
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