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Come Celebrate Hiking, Biking Trail opening
October 27, 2017

Trail walkers, mountain bikers, hiking enthusiasts and nature lovers are encouraged to attend a grand opening ceremony for Walters State’s new hiking and biking trail on Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. until noon across U.S. Highway 25E from the college’s Morristown campus. The event will include a ribbon-cutting and remarks at noon by Walters State President Dr. Tony Miksa after separate hiking and biking trail tours.

Through a cooperative effort between the college,  Five Rivers Mountain Bike Club and Panther Creek Bike Shop, work began early this year to create the nearly one-mile loop in the wooded property adjacent to the college’s public safety facilities. An avid hiker and mountain biker, Miksa said bike club volunteers and others are working to extend the project to eventually include 7-8 miles of challenging trails.

“The goal is to create a system of trails that can be utilized by our students and the public,” Miksa said. “People can park on campus and then easily walk or ride a bike over to the trail without mixing with automobile traffic.”

Along with promoting the trail for mountain biking, Miksa emphasized that the trail is for everyone. “The overall focus is to encourage wellness and exercise by providing a place where people can come and enjoy the outdoors.”

He said members of the Five Rivers Mountain Bike Club and other volunteers have eagerly partnered with the college to create the trails, providing volunteer labor. Mountain biking is a sport still growing in popularity, Miksa said, and local enthusiasts want to see more trails in the Morristown area. 

“We would like for mountain biking to catch on with our students to the extent that it might be added as an organized competitive sport at the college,” Miksa said. 

For Thursday’s ribbon cutting, parking is available at the trailhead just off of Walters State Community College Drive. 

Want to go?
What: Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for the Walters State Hiking and Biking Trail.
When: Thursday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to noon.
Where: Across U.S. 25E from Walters State’s Morristown campus. Look for the “Walters State Hiking and Biking Trail” sign just off of Walters State Community College Drive above Hobby Lobby.
Schedule: 10:15 a.m. biking tour; 11 a.m. hiking tour. Remarks begin at noon under the tent. Refreshments will be served. 

An invitation from Dr. Miksa can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2RH2KNQ59U&feature=youtu.be.

In the photo: Walters State Students Rachel Seay and Alex Greene stand near an access point for the Walters State Hiking and Biking Trail on Walters State Community College Drive.