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The History and Future of the Kernersville Mountain Bike Park

A Town of Kville bicycle/pedestrian advisory committee was established in 2005 to advise the Parks & Rec Dept and town officials. Barbara Fulp served on that advisory committee, and ultimately spearheaded formation of our local cycling club (KCC) as a 501(c)7 nonprofit organization to promote all forms of cycling, promote health, and to be a conduit between the Town and local cyclists. The club formed in the spring of 2012. Meanwhile, a citizen survey conducted by the Parks & Rec Dept uncovered the fact that local residents had ranked mountain bike (and other use) trails high among recreational improvements they wanted to see. Almost immediately after the club’s formation, Town planners approached the club about the idea of partnering to create a mountain bike park using approx 27 acres of available land. Trails in Kernersville had been pursued by the MTB community for some years but had not come to fruition until these things came together.

Per the Town, this would be a volunteer-led project with the KCC taking the lead on development and maintenance. Wally Wallace and J.G. Wolfe were designated by the KCC as co-chairs of the project, which met with approval from the Town. J.G.’s responsibilities would be around organization & working with the Town and Wally’s would be heading up trail planning & development. With help from others, the KCC made presentations to Town committees and the Board of Aldermen. We drew up a legal contract with the Town. We acquired all the approvals needed to begin the project. We generated publicity. We wrote a grant request and received funding from the Lawrence E. Pope Foundation, an organization that supports projects benefiting Kernersville residents. We reached out to local MTBers for support. We had much early help from trailbuild leaders in the Greensboro Fat Tire Society, especially related to Phase 1 planning and development. Completing Phase 1 allowed us to open the park to the public in spring of 2013 as part of an event attended by the media, local officials, the mayor, etc.

By the end of 2014 we had completed Phase 2 (from the Centipede feature back) as well as a small add-on loop in Phase 1. We have built a tool shed and trail features by hand. Phase 2 on has been designed and completed exclusively by the core KCC build team under the leadership of Wally Wallace.  As of 2016 the trail is now a 3.6 mile loop.  We still have the potential to add more trail to the park.

The trail can be ridden in either direction.  Please Yield to Uphill riders and be mindful of two way traffic.

The goals of this project from the start have been:

1. Create a mountain bike park with the families and citizens of Kernersville in mind, serving a cross section of riders in the best way possible. (Visits from the surrounding at-large MTB community are absolutely a hopeful byproduct)

2. Provide a fun but challenging intermediate-based biking experience that can be enjoyed by riders of various skill levels and ages.

3. Maximize the length of trail given the fairly small tract of available land.

Volunteer hours on this project total in the thousands. The core build lead team is a dedicated group who have put countless hours into trailbuilding. We build based on IMBA standards.

We welcome experienced and inexperienced builders alike who want to support our goals outlined here. Come join us in fulfilling these goals and continuing progress!

Email kvillemtbpark@gmail.com to get updates on trail build days.

Trail Closures occur when the trail is wet.  Check the right side of this page to see the trail status via Twitter.

 

(Click Here to view the phase map) phase map

 

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The park is located at 567 Smith Edwards Rd in Kernersville.

From North Main St. Turn onto Smith Edwards Rd.  Proceed about a mile down the road.  Look for a large white sign on your left between two houses.  The Park is located just before the road dead ends.

 

Click Below to view a lap at KMTBP

KVILLE MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK  – 1 Full Lap 2016