Queens Lake State Forest home to region’s newest mountain bike trail

A 50-kilometre network of public mountain bike trails will be officially opened in Queens Lake State Forest this Sunday, thanks to a partnership between Hastings Valley Mountain Bike Riders and Forestry Corporation of NSW.

Forestry Corporation’s Partnerships Leader Sandra Madeley said the club has secured a permit to build and maintain a network of trails in Queens Lake State Forest known as Jolly Nose Mountain Bike Park.

“Mountain biking is hugely popular in State forests and working in partnership with local clubs is one of the most effective ways to ensure the trails constructed are those  that riders love, but are also located and constructed with minimal impact on the forest environment,” Ms Madeley said.

“The Hastings Valley Mountain Bike Riders have worked with us to map out a network of trails that avoids sensitive ecological communities such as  rainforest and swamp areas, and has now built up an amazing free community facility here in the forest.

“The club and will continue to maintain and expand this network of mountain bike trails, which is free for the public to use and will host club events that will attract mountain bikers to the region and really showcase the experiences our local State forests have to offer visitors from far and wide.”

President of the Hastings Valley Mountain Bike Riders, Pablo Aguilar, invited locals and mountain biking enthusiasts to come along to the opening and give the trails a go.

“There’s a clear demand for facilities of this kind in the region and the Jolly Nose Mountain Bike Park caters for riders of all abilities,” Mr Aguilar said.

“Over the next few months the club, with the support of members and local enthusiasts, will be putting up signs and producing maps to make the trails easier to navigate and give riders an indication of the level of skill required for each trail.

“Our permit also allows us to organise events in the State forest such as social rides, coaching days and races, which attract locals as well as riders from many other parts of the Mid-North Coast and the Northern Tablelands and we hope these events will get bigger and better over the coming years.

“The club is delighted to be able to work in conjunction with local mountain biking enthusiasts and Forestry Corporation to benefit mountain bikers as well as the community in general.”

The Jolly Nose Mountain Bike Park will be opened in a community event on Sunday, July 2 from 10am until 2pm at Spring Creek Road. More information is available on the Hastings Valley Mountain Bike Riders Facebook page.

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