New bike trail set to open in Kalamazoo

New bike trail set to open in Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Area cyclists looking for an outdoor challenge have a new trail to check out at Markin Glen Park in Kalamazoo. It’s the first trail of this kind to be offered in the city, and it officially opens on Thursday.

The trail is named Maple Hill Trail, after the title sponsor Maple Hill Auto Group, and it is five miles long.

Daryl Hutson is Vice President of the Southwest Michigan Mountain Biking Association (SWMMBA). He says to see the five years of planning that went into this project, culminate in this incredible installation is a dream come true.

“Really this is kind of going to be a new experience for riders,” Hutson said. “This is going to be that first experience for a lot of mountain bikers on a trail of this caliber.”

The $140 thousand project was created to give cyclists a kind of trail they didn’t have before. The trail has sharp turns, table tops, berms, hills, and rock features.

Cyclist and SWMMBA member Kevin Abbott and his family have already given the trail a try. He says what people will love most is sharing stories after a good run through the course.

“People talk about this corner here, how I took this jump, and boy I almost lost it coming around this spot here,” Abbott said.

Hutson says the mountain biking community is exploding across West Michigan, and the Maple Hill Trail will attract even more enthusiasts to the sport. The trail is a special treat for those who live in Kalamazoo, and a draw for other cyclists across the region.

Abbott said, “Anybody who likes to be on the bike at all, I think should give this trail a try.”

Even with the obstacles in the trail, Hutson says it’s a great course for beginners.

The official dedication ceremony for the trail is Thursday at 5:30 p.m. with a group trail ride scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

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