Meghan Frick, News-Topic

LENOIR —When it’s done, it’ll slice through the foothills for more than three miles, built specifically for the mountain bikes that will whiz over it – and it will have been brought to reality largely through the efforts of Caldwell County volunteers.

Members of Caldwell County Pathways hope to break ground on the area’s first purpose-built mountain biking trail by August, Pathways board member Shawn Moore said.

The trail will run three and a half miles between the Lenoir Aquatic Center and the Zacks Fork Soccer Complex. The total cost will come in at about $35,000; organizers have already raised $23,500 in grants and private donations. After construction starts, the trail should be completed in about 45 days, Moore said.

The trail has been on Moore’s radar for more than 10 years, along with Jeff Welch (together, the two own Luna Cycles in downtown Lenoir). There’s a difference in a trail built specifically for mountain biking and one that just happens to be suitable, Moore said – and organizers hope the purpose-built trail will draw tourism to the county [more]