A new National Park Service regulation goes into effect by the end of January 2014 that will allow visitors to ride bicycles on about 65 miles of existing trail in the New River Gorge National River. This includes the Long Point Trail, the Timber Ridge Trail, the 7-mile Southside Trail, the 8.6-mile Kaymoor Trail, and the 13-mile Arrowhead Trail.
Bicycle use in units of the National Park Service is generally prohibited unless park managers follow special procedures to open designated trails for bikes. These procedures include analyzing the environmental impacts of bicycle use in the park and offering opportunities for public comment. The New River Gorge National River initiated the procedures in 2009, which have included three opportunities for public input and comment. Notification of this regulation was forwarded to the Federal Register on Monday.
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