The Forever Wild Trails phase two is now open. The recent opening of the second trail head, added 3.6 miles of trails on the eastern end of the Forever Wild property. A 1-mile trail and pump track opened last year at the western end off Flowers Chapel Road at Narcisse Drive.
The trails were designed by the International Mountain Biking Association. When other sections of the trail are completed, the trail system will have three trail heads with parking areas and more than 10 miles of trails for walking, hiking, running and biking.
The stretch of trail that opened on Saturday, is a winding looped trail on the eastern portion of the 392-acre preserve. The trail has beginner and intermediate sections for bikers.
- If gate is locked the trail is closed. When trails are closed they are closed to all users – violators will be prosecuted
- For trail status visit www.dothanleisureservices.org and click the link for the Southeast Alabama Mountainbikers Facebook page
- It is recommended that everyone wears a protective bicycle helmet of good fit when engaged in riding the trails, state law requires the bicycle operator or passenger under the age of 16 must wear a protective helmet of good fit and be fastened securely upon the head.
- Cell phones strongly recommended – in case of emergency dial 911
- Take adequate hydration
- Leave no trace
- Earphones of any type are discouraged on the trail “you are responsible for your ability to hear other trail users”
- This is a shared trail – ride and hike responsibly
- Wildlife in their natural habitat can present hazards – use caution
- Do not use or make shortcuts
- Unauthorized trail work or modifications are strictly prohibited
- Dogs must be on a 6ft leash
- No motorized vehicles or horses allowed on trails
- No hunting or fishing allowed on property
- Visitors should be aware that this tract is subject to 220-4-.15 regulations of certain conduct
The third trail head is scheduled to open Oct. 1, farther west on Fortner Street across from Greystone United Methodist Church.
The property is owned by the Alabama Forever Wild Land Trust and is maintained through the Dothan Leisure Services and the Southeast Alabama Mountain Biking Club.
The financial support for the Forever Wild Trail project has been a collaborative effort between state and local partners. Wiregrass Foundation is providing almost $1.4 million to cover the cost of bridges spanning Beaver Creek on the property. The city of Dothan has about $100,000 in grant money from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs to help build the trails.
Eagle Eye Outfitters was honored to contribute $20,000 in grants from outdoor industry companies. Michelin plans to offer bike repair and air stations that will be set up at the trail heads.