Pump track adds to Woodland Trail experience

NEWTON, NC – Warm up, cool down or get in some practice at the new pump track at Jacob Fork Park in Newton. The new track is a complimentary track to the Woodland Loop Trail, a 2.5 mile outdoor trail for mountain bikers, trail runners and hikers.

The Catawba Valley Heritage Alliance completed in early July phase two of the bike park master plan which was the construction of the pump track. CVHA President Kenyon Kelly said the pump track incorporates berms, banks and jumps. The pump track is also kid friendly.

“It is an area designed to be where you can work up to prepare for the mountain bike trail or to cool down,” Kelly explained to the Newton City Council. “I do want to take the opportunity to thank each of you for your support and for allowing us to make this improvement at your park. I want to thank city staff for its assistance and support. Finally, I want to express my gratitude to the individuals and businesses that provide the financial support that allows us to do the work that we do.”

The contractor for the project was Trail Dynamics, Kelly said, and this phase of the project was completed by Ed Sutton. Construction of the project was funded entirely by funds raised by CVHA. Future phases include the development of a mini PBR flow trail, surfaced return trail and woodland skills loop (with wood features and a rock garden).

Mayor Anne P. Stedman thanked Kelly and CVHA, and said, “Your group has done so much at Jacob Fork Park for us. I have been on the trail several times, and it’s fun to walk.”

Jacob Fork Park is 100 acres and includes a half-mile fitness trail, canoe launch, two softball fields, bleachers, dugouts, a concession building, restrooms and paved parking lots. It is located at 3730 NC 10 West. Learn more about these recreational opportunities on the Parks and Recreation webpage.