TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Off-road riders here have a new option with the opening of the new Springhill Motorcycle Trailhead in the Apalachicola National Forest.
The trailhead, south of Tallahassee, includes a new, single-span aluminum bridge to connect the forest’s separate motorized northern and southern trails. The prefabricated 90 ft. Fisher Creek Bridge, shipped in two sections, replaces an obsolete bridge that stretched across the waterway.
IMAGE: A trail riding expert from Red Hills Powersports answers questions from a young boy during the grand opening of the Springhill Motorcycle Trailhead. (U.S. Forest Service Press Photo/Susan Blake)
“Introducing a new recreation site to the area is very exciting. It’s a milestone for the forest but one we hope the public will enjoy for years,” said Chandra Roberts, recreation program manager for the forest.
Apalachicola organizers saw the opportunity to create the new recreation area with a Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant through the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The program provides financial assistance to develop recreational trails, trailheads and trailside facilities.
The Florida Forest Service also provided money through its T. Mark Schmidt Off-Highway Vehicle Safety and Recreation Act, which is designed to provide the public with more opportunities to ride off-highway vehicles on public lands.
The Tallahassee Trail Riders club and Red Hills Powersports of Tallahassee promoted and participated in the grand opening and provided tips on trail riding.
“Some people parked on the side of the highway and entered the trail, but now at this new facility there’s plenty of room to safely offload motorcycles and equipment before heading out on a ride,” said Steve Tomicich of the Tallahassee Trail Riders.
“I wanted to get a small motorcycle to ride with my kids, but we really didn’t have a place to ride,” area resident Jeff McKenzie said. “Now we have this new motorcycle trailhead and it’s really easy to get to.”
Posted by Holly Wagner