“I said, ‘Derek, we have some land down here that would make a great bike trail,'” Tates said. “It really is a perfect spot.”

So last fall, after going to Mitchell County Conservation with a PowerPoint presentation, the final plans were approved and work began immediately. It wasn’t long after that enthusiasts were riding the trail.

After Mauser came out with blue flags and walked the land and marked out the trail, volunteers wielded leaf blowers, rakes and other landscaping tools and carved out the single-track, off-road trail for all to enjoy.

MC Junkyard Goats-Franklin Bielecki

Franklin Bielecki, 13, tries his skills on one of the shaved log features on the 2-mile Junkyard Goat single track off-road bicycle trail in Mitchell County.

Jerry Smith

Then came the fun part. The group started adding obstacles such as teeter-totters, up-and-overs (bridges over large logs), and bridges over the low-lying swampy areas. They even shaved the tops off of large fallen logs for riders to go over.  

“At the same time, the City of Osage approached us and asked us if we could do the same thing on the existing Harry Cook Trail,” Mauser said. “We immediately started working on Pine Run, a mile and a half trail that ends at Spring Park.”

The two new trails are a part of the Cedar River Greenbelt System, that according to mycountyparks.com, is a four-mile limestone trail that parallels the west side of the Cedar River from Interstate Park at Mitchell to Falk’s Wildlife Area 1.5 miles west of Osage at the Mitchell County Headquarters and Cedar Bridge Park location.