On November 19, 2016, volunteers with the Mercer chapter of Jersey Off Road Bicycle Association ( S.M.A.R.T. ) worked hard to fix a muddy issue on the blue trail in Mercer County Park. Within a few hours, SMART carted over 20 wheelbarrows full of large and small rocks to the trail. One by one, each rock was meticulously placed onto the trail to ensure a smooth path for everyone to enjoy.
The Blue Trail is located on the northeastern section of the park. It wanders through the woods from the east picnic area, around the boathouse, and up along northern-most fields. This linear trail is a few miles long, and is a lot of fun on a bike or on your feet. Dogs seem to like it as well :)
The goal today was to work on a section of the blue trail located just off South Post Road. This area has the tenancy to get rather muddy throughout the year. With a few properly placed rocks and a bit of time, the rocks will sink a few inches into the ground. And if all goes well, they will build a new base for the trail and ensure the mud finds another place to live.
Within a few hours, SMART carted over 20 wheelbarrows full of large and small rocks to the trail. One by one, each rock was meticulously placed onto the trail to ensure a smooth path for everyone to enjoy.
About the group...
- Jersey Off Road Bicycle Association (JORBA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which is dedicated to serving off road cyclists as a member of equal standing within the trail user community. They manage trails across NJ, and have trail days open to the public throughout the year.
- S.M.A.R.T. ( mercertrails.org ) is the Mercer County PARK chapter of JORBA. With both the blessing and guidance of Mercer Park System, they keep the trails around the park open and beautiful for us all to enjoy! They meet on the 3rd Saturday of each month, and always post details on their website.