Outdoor Journal

Happy trails: A 10-mile trail system in the Beaverdam area of Haywood County opened to hikers and mountain bikers earlier this month. Located in the formerly off-limits Rough Creek watershed, the mostly flat trail loops are reportedly ideal for family hikes or beginning bikers

Trail work at the site was done by Cedar Mountain-based Trail Dynamics, which is known for its progressive, sustainable trail-building practices.

To reach the trailhead from Asheville, take exit 31 off Interstate 40, turn left onto Champion Drive and then left on North Canton Road. Continue on North Canton Road and take a left onto Beaverdam Road. At 1.7 miles, take a left onto Rice Cove Road, continuing on it after it turns into the Rough Creek Water Plant Road; then take the road’s left fork and look for the parking area.

Brawn wanted: Pisgah Area SORBA (Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association) will sponsor a camp, work and ride weekend at DuPont State Forest on Friday, July 11, through Sunday, July 13.

Free camping is available both Friday and Saturday nights. Trail-work will take place Saturday on the Airstrip Trail, with day-help encouraged, too.

Interested in getting involved? Contact Woody Keen at Trail Dynamics (www.traildynamics.com).

Shutterbug alert: The Carolina Climbers Coalition is seeking photo submissions for its 2009 calendar.

Images, which should be unpublished, may represent a variety of climbing styles and locations around the region. For submission guidelines and to upload your shots, visit www.carolinaclimbers.org.

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