The first phase in construction of a new trail system is now complete with the opening of the Piney Knob Trail System near Murphy Saturday, Nov. 18.
The 7 miles of dirt single-track trails are open to hikers and mountain bikers, with plans to eventually expand the trail system to 22.3 miles. The new trail meets International Mountain Bike Association standards.
The Piney Knob Trail System is a project of the town of Murphy and developed by the Southern Appalachian Bicycle Association on a 700-acre tract of land that’s conserved through Mainspring Conservation Trust. The watershed on the property provides water to the town, and Mainspring staff monitor the easement annually.