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Spearhead Trails Invites Mountain Bikers

Spearhead Trails Invites Mountain Bikers to SWVA for a New Kind of Adventure.     Southwestern Virginia’s popular OHV and equestrian trail venue, Spearhead Trails, is now promoting Mountain Bikes as the newest way to enjoy the rugged and exciting terrain in the Commonwealth’s westernmost counties.

“Mountain bikes were always part of our plan,” said Charlotte Mullins, Interim Executive Director for Spearhead Trails.  “We always intended to offer bike trails but we hadn’t considered offering our OHV trails up for mountain bikers.  It happened organically, and it makes perfect sense.”

Experienced Mountain Bikers crave unforgiving terrain that pushes their skills and endurance to their limits, while beginner riders seek moderate landscapes with downhill stretches and scenic views, which are more easily accessible.  The hundreds of miles of challenging OHV trails, primarily designed for motorized vehicles, with twists and turns, up and down the mountains of Southwestern Virginia, are also very appealing to those who rely on pedal power and enjoy challenging adventures.   “We had a few adrenalin junkies ask if they could do a downhill run on one of our steeper trails,” recalls Mullins.  “They thought the trails were perfect for mountain bikes and asked if they could ride again.”

Visitors to this region will also find a host of other things to see and do.  The Heart of Appalachia region is home to many music venues and artisan studios, great places to stay and play, as well as outfitters to provide you with whatever gear or guides your adventure requires. The nearby Clinch River offers fun for those who float or those who fish, and the scenic byways of the region provide spectacular scenery while traveling to your next adventure.

Mountain bikers will be required to follow the same rules as motorized riders.  Each rider will need to purchase a permit and sign the standard trail pass waiver.  Rider permits are $15 for a single day pass, or $50 for an annual pass, which is valid for a year from the date of purchase.   Permits are good for all four trail systems, and a fifth trail, “Ridgeview” will be opening this fall with Haysi as its trailhead.  Spearhead also requires that mountain bikes yield to OHVs and ride within their limits.  Trails are open from dusk to dawn.

Trail permits can be found at one of many retailers throughout the region or online at www.SpearheadTrails.com <http://www.spearheadtrails.com <http://www.spearheadtrails.com> >  http://www.spearheadtrails.com <http://www.spearheadtrails.com> >  or.  A list of retailers can also be found on the Spearhead website.

Spearhead Trails manages over 300 miles of OHV and equestrian trails throughout the seven counties, one city Heart of Appalachia region, with trailheads in the towns of St. Paul, Pocahontas, Grundy, and Pennington Gap.  The mission of the Southwest Regional Recreation Authority (SRRA) is to develop and manage multi-use trails in the Southwest Regional Recreation Area to stimulate, enhance, and sustain economic development and job creation through entrepreneurial opportunities in Southwest Virginia.

For more information, please call (276) 220-9875 or email *protected email* <*protected email*>