Maple Hill bike trail opens to the public Thursday


Starting Thursday, the Maple Hill Trail, designed for mountain bikers, will be open to the public.

The Southwest Michigan Mountain Biking Association is hosting a grand opening event Thursday at the trail's west entrance, Markin Glen County Park, 5300 Westnedge Ave.

The trail was created through a partnership with Kalamazoo County and donations from the association's title sponsor Maple Hill Auto Group, as well as other local businesses and community members, the association said in a written statement announcing the grand opening.

The trail includes five miles of singletrack on the west side of Markin Glen park, and was professionally designed and sustainably built by Spectrum Trail Design and SWMMBA volunteers. The trail is designed for all user levels, but includes such advanced features such as banked turns, berms, and tabletops. Those features are created so beginners can roll through a slower speeds, but bypasses also are provided. The trail will be directional based on the day of the week. On opening day, the direction is counter-clockwise.

The dedication ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Maple Hill Trailhead; a social event will follow.

A Kalamazoo County park pass is required to access the trail. Passes are $5 daily, or $25 a year, and are available via cash or check at the Markin Glen gatehouse, or via credit card at the main park office, Expo Center at 2900 Lake St., or over the phone with a credit card by calling 269-383-8778

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