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Established trails in your area - Who's responsible?

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 I was reading a MTB thread on another forum regarding lousy parking conditions, and how their established trail became "established".  The trails are sanctioned trails now, but their beginnings may not have been which leans toward mismanaged parking.

This had me thinking of just how fortunate I am in my area.
  • There are some things that suck about Michigan, but the one thing that we have to be thankful for is an established trail system for bikes, dirtbikes, horses, and other stuff.(some maintained by their respective user groups)
  • We also have benefit of some private established trails that have been built by bike clubs, or other municipalities(cities or counties)
  • We have a few nice paved pathways that have been established by other municipalities, which are maintained fairly well, to the joy of the casual road rider.
  • We have great country side terrain for the more aggressive road rider
  • We have a few ski resorts that have lift served mt biking.
  • We have a few state established trails that butt up to private or commercial riding that are parking friendly


Most, if not all, of the established mt bike trail we have at our disposal have trail head parking.

I think Michigan really has it going on in this regard!

What kind of established trails do you have in your area?
What kind of parking do they offer, if any?
Who maintains the trail(volunteer club or other)?
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We have a fantastic organization in Durango called Trails 2000 that has been around for about 15 years.  It is a non-profit 501(3), so contributions are tax deductible.  It has very low annual membership fees, a small board of directors, and one paid employee (Director).  It acts as an interface between goverment and private agencies and indiduals to facilitate the creation and maintenance of trails, and resolve trails issues and conflicts.  Trails 2000 does not take ownership or permenant responsibility for trail maintenance on State or Federal land, but does lots of trail builiding and maintence on a cooperative/volunteer basis.  There are weekly trail work nights where Trails 2000s suplies tools, gloves and snacks that usually draws 20-30 people.  It has reached a point where it is seen as a valuable asset to the community, so it gets donations from businesses and has a fair amount of political credibility. From town you can ride single track in almost any direction, with one area containing 50 miles of trail riding where you never cross pavement.

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