In anticipation of National Trail Day Saturday, the U.S. Department of Interior on Friday announced 650 miles of pathways across 18 states were joining the National Trail System, including the in-progress Coldwater Mountain trails in Anniston.
“That’s very exciting,” said Mike Poe, the President of the Northeast Alabama Bicycling Association, who are working on the construction of the trails. “I think this will get Coldwater on more maps for people looking for trails to check out. It’ll pop up on one more radar screen.”
According to a press release from the Department of the Interior, “national recreational trail designation recognizes existing trails and trail systems that link communities to recreational opportunities on public lands and in local parks across the nation.”
Trails named national recreation trails receive special markers and a certificate of designation.
Coldwater Mountain was one of four Alabama paths and 28 trails in the country named to the system on Friday. The trails join more than 1,200 existing national pathways totaling more than 15,000 miles.
The Coldwater trails join the Piedmont and Jacksonville portions of the Chief Ladiga Trail, as well as the Pinhoti Trail as Calhoun County’s nationally designated recreation paths. There are 50 national recreation trails in Alabama.
The in-progress Coldwater trails are part of a planned mountain bike park connected to downtown Anniston on 4,000 acres of land designated for recreational use by the Alabama Forever Wild land trust program. The pathways, being designed and built by the International Mountain Bicycling Association’s Trail Solutions, started construction last year.
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