While the local biking community has been riding, racing, and building trails here since the 1990’s, the official Sky Tavern Mountain Bike Park was opened in 2012 when downhill, climbing, and dual slalom trails were built. From the very beginning, the park found tremendous support from the local community and quickly developed an extensive list of volunteers and partnerships. Thus far, over 1,000 hours of volunteer labor have been donated to help develop this first phase of mountain biking terrain.
While the existing trail network is limited and needs further development to increase participation and meet the needs of beginner children and families, the park has already hosted numerous mountain biking events. Sky Tavern has staged local, regional, high school, and collegiate races; demo days; and riding clinics specific to children, women, and adults.
Park construction has been planned to take place in phases. The next step is to build skills areas adjacent to the lodge and additional climbing trails. When complete, the Sky Tavern Mountain Bike Park will feature a variety of terrain for all skill levels and a safe, comfortable, and progressive learning environment for its riders. Another proposed new trail will feature a mix of natural features and machine-built sections, including natural rock gardens, steep rolldowns, jumps, and berms, dropping 650 vertical feet.
The park is open for public use from sunrise to sunset in spring, summer, and fall months (event/conditions permitting).
It is expensive to build sustainable trails. Sky Tavern is currently in the process of applying for grants and soliciting donations to help fund the construction. You can show your support by volunteering to help with trail work or by making a donation.