Yonah Preserve trails opening postponed


CLEVELAND, Ga. – The long-awaited opening of the hiking and biking trails at Yonah Preserve will have to wait a little longer.

At their last meeting, the White County Board of Commissioners set Saturday, June 2, as the soft opening date for that section of the 1,000-acre recreation area. However, subtropical storm Alberto has changed that. The opening date has been postponed.

White County, working with the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association, has been working to get the trails ready for a grand opening. However, SORBA project coordinator Clark Neal said today (May 31) the opening will have to wait until he can get out there and make an assessment.

“My biggest concern is how many trees may have fallen,” Neal said. “We’ve had about six inches of rain this week. I would like to say it will be open next Saturday. But I can’t say that until I can get out there and make an assessment. The rain may have soaked in by then. But my biggest concern is how many trees may need to be removed. We removed nine trees last month.”

Neal told commissioners last week he was looking forward to opening June 2 since the day will be celebrated as National Trails Day.



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