Mountain BikeTrails Open this Satiurday at Pinnacle Mountain State Park

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                   

September 28, 2010                                  

Contact: Joe Jacobs 
501-682-6923

Grand Opening of Rabbit Ridge Mountain Bike Trail and Jackfork Mountain Bike Trail at Pinnacle Mountain State Park Slated for Saturday, October 2 at 9:00 A.M.

Public is Invited to Ribbon-cutting Ceremony and Official First Rides On These Seven-Tenths-of-a-Mile and 7.4-mile Mountain Bike Trails

(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.)—Covering 2,069 acres of varied terrain, from mountaintops to bottomlands along cypress-lined streams, Pinnacle Mountain State Park at the western edge of Arkansas’s capital city is dedicated to environmental education, preservation and outdoor recreation.  Through the volunteer efforts of local mountain biking enthusiasts, the recreational choices in the park have been expanded to now include mountain biking after the construction of more than eight miles of single track mountain bike trails.  A ribbon-cutting ceremony slated for this Saturday, October 2 at 9:00 a.m. will mark the grand opening of the new seven-tenths-of-a-mile Rabbit Ridge Mountain Bike Trail and 7.4-mile Jackfork Mountain Bike Trail.  The ceremony will be held at the Jackfork Trail Head located by the park visitor center.  Dignitaries attending the grand opening will include Arkansas State Parks Director Greg Butts; Pulaski County Judge Buddy Villines; Joe Jacobs, manager of Marketing and Revenue for Arkansas State Parks; Josh Jeffers, assistant park superintendent for Pinnacle Mountain State Park; and Abby Cress, the park’s volunteer coordinator.  The public is invited to the ribbon-cutting ceremony and to join in the official first rides along the two trails.  Parking will be available at the visitor center’s parking lot.  The road to the visitor center is accessed from Pinnacle Valley Road.

The grand opening is being held in conjunction with the International Mountain Biking Association’s (IMBA) 2010 Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day.  Recycle Bikes for Kids, Academy Sports, Chainwheel, Arkansas Cycling and Fitness, and The Community Bicyclist will be assisting in the grand opening.  Bikes for children to ride will be available, and bikers will be on hand to provide assistance for new cyclists.  A trails rider will demonstrate mountain biking tricks.

Pinnacle Mountain State Park is located west of Little Rock.  From the intersection of I-430 and Ark. 10, travel seven miles west on Ark. 10, then go two miles north on Ark. 300.  Follow the signs to the park visitor center.  Pinnacle Mountain is one of the 52 state parks administered by the State Parks Division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism.              

For further information, contact:  Joe Jacobs, manager of Marketing and Revenue, Arkansas State Parks, 1 Capitol Mall, Little Rock, AR  72201.  Phone: 501-682-6923.  E-mail:  joseph.jacobs@arkansas.gov.

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