The Wesley Woods Trail Initiative.
Map of the preliminary scouting, which was used in the final approval process.
HOW DID THIS HAPPEN ?
The Wesley Woods Trail Initiative is the result of a three year vision of Pastor Keith Martin. It has been his desire to find a suitable location, with an amiable land manager, that would become a focal spot for both mountain bike and trail running events.
In the fall of 2014, Pastor Keith presented Executive Director Nate Greenway with an initial proposal and trail plan. There was an initial expectation that a full presentation would be required for the board of directors, but the phone call came back with a green light for the trails and some additional ideas. By February of 2015 the idea of a few miles of singletrack for local riders and maybe a couple events a year blossomed into the possibility of a full scale mountain bike camp.
The trail design has been tweaked allowing for the green, blue, black labeling to fit into a training concept for mountain bike courses. This will allow for the same progressive learning concept that the Wesley Woods horsemanship programs already follow.
So no, this is not just about some local riders building some local trails. This is not just about mountain biking. This is the Wesley Woods Trail Initiative. This is about taking several hundred pristine acres of the Appalachian plateau and giving kids of all ages an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. The new mountain bike trails will be intermingled with revitalized hiking, cross country skiing, and equestrian trails ( Yes there is enough room for all of us. ) It is our desire, here at NAMBA, to build this system and assist in revamping the other trails, in such a way that Wesley Woods becomes the envy of every other youth camp in the mid-atlantic region.
Along with the members of NAMBA and of course the fantastic staff at Wesley Woods, we would also like to shout out to the two churches that have decided to join in as part of a local outreach project. Thank YOU to the churches of the evergreen charge; Tidioute United Methodist Church www.tidiouteumc.org and Grand Valley United Methodist Church www.grandvalleyumc.org .
All we need now is YOU.
If you would like to make a donation to the trail fund, for much needed tools and equipment, please send checks made payable to Tidioute United Methodist Church with trail fund in the memo.
Mail checks to ;
Tidioute United Methodist Church
206 main St.
Tidioute Pa. 16351
Mountain Bike Mcleod from the clan Mcleod.
Would you like to get your hands dirty? Join us for Mondays with Mcleod.
We will be doing trail building each Monday in two sessions.
9 am to noon and from 6pm till dark.
If you can join in any of these work bees, please RSVP with Pastor Keith at 814-436-7890 as things are subject to change.
Also, keep an eye out for week-end trail days that will be posted in the months to follow.
Check out the Wesley Woods photo gallery, to see how work is progressing.
Camp impacts everybody at camp, including the staff! Last summer our good friend Stephen Shunk came up to camp to interview some of our summer staff, this video was the result.Posted by Wesley Woods of Northwestern PA on Thursday, March 19, 2015