First mountain bike park coming to Johnson City

JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – Tannery Knob will house the first formal mountain bike park in the Tri-Cities.

The local highway construction contracting company, Summers Taylor, gifted the land to Johnson City.

“We are beginning to realize what wonderful opportunities for the outdoors we have here and we also realize tourism is big business,” City Commissioner Jenny Brock said.

Brock thinks it will fit right in.

“It’s very exciting because it fits hand and glove with our Tweetsie Trail, it’s in close proximity to that and not only for our citizens but it will bring a lot of activity to the area,” she said.

The trails will be designed similar to a ski slope, with bunny, intermediate and black diamond trails.

Members of the community are already volunteering to help.

“We have a lot of people who want to volunteer to help lay out the trails, we have the Mountain Bike Association that wants to help with it,” Brock said.

Local bike enthusiasts are excited about the news and feel it will also help people with injuries or disabilities that use a bicycle to exercise.

“Doctor’s telling people to go get a bike that happens quite a bit. To have a venue that is palatable for a lot more people is advantageous for the growth of the community and growth of the sport,” Trek Bicycles Employee, Travis West said.

The variety of trails also allows for all kinds of people to enjoy them.

“Having something that is more palatable for an entry level cyclist is greatly needed in the area,” West said.

The city has already set aside $300,000 of tax payer dollars for the project. You should be able to start hitting the trails this fall.

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