11 miles of new trails connect Slab Fork, promoting possible development of a community trailhead.
Sophia, WV – February 23, 2012: Burning Rock Outdoor Adventure Park announces the opening of five new off-road trails including a connector into the historic coal camp town of Slab Fork. The trails, totaling eleven miles in length, allows park visitors and residents direct access to the trail system and town.
Trails on the Burning Rock system are rated for difficulty using a color-coded system that is similar to the one ski resorts use: green (easy), blue (medium) and black (difficult). Three of the new trails are rated green and two are blue. The addition of these trails brings the park’s total to seventy-four trails (106 miles total).
Efforts are underway via a partnership with Burning Rock, Beaver Coal Company, Limited (the land owner) and the residents of Slab Fork to ‘breathe new life into’ the coal camp town that was established in 1907. They have formed an active community association that focuses upon clean-up, restoration, and community revitalization.
“With this new direct trail access, opportunities exist for the town’s economic growth as a potential trailhead”, said Woody Duba, General Manager of Beaver Coal Company Limited. “Riders coming off the trail system will be curious to explore the town, have a meal somewhere, or learn about the local mining history. They can even stay overnight in rentals that are being developed from the original homes as they become available, such as Coal Camp Getaways Cottage. They’ll have direct ‘door to trail’ access.”
Burning Rock plans to continue development of more trails in the Slab Fork area as they continue their expansion efforts in 2012.
According to Lisa Gale, Burning Rock’s Director of Marketing, “We have something for almost everyone to enjoy, whether they ride the trails or not. But looking at off-road riders specifically, they demand new trails and new challenges regularly – that’s what keeps them motivated to keep coming back. Our goal is to add 80 miles of new trails to the park this year and at least 50 miles annually thereafter… so stay tuned!”
About Burning Rock Outdoor Adventure Park
Burning Rock Outdoor Adventure Park is located on 8000 acres near Sophia, West Virginia on Tams Mountain. Off-road enthusiasts, racers, vacationers and locals alike enjoy the year round facility offering more than 100 miles of professionally developed & maintained ATV/UTV/dirt bike trails. In addition to the trails, the park offers the Burning Rock Express dual-racing zip line, guided ATV/UTV tours, rental cabins, campsites and RV sites. To learn more about Burning Rock Outdoor Adventure Park or Coal Camp Getaways Cottage visit burningrockwv.com or call 1.877.683.9240 for further information.
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