Spearhead Trails to open Saturday


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NORTON, Va. — Spearhead Trails will open its fourth multi-use OHV system with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. on Oct. 10 at Leeman Field in Pennington Gap, Va. The Stone Mountain system will offer 30 miles of challenging intermediate to advanced level OHV trails. Local and state legislators, stakeholders and the public are invited to attend and celebrate this opening.

“We consider this to be a technical trail,” says Spearhead Trails Executive Director, Chuck Riedhammer. “Normally, we rate our trails by increasing difficulty from green to blue, then black, but this trail will start at the blue, intermediate difficulty level.”

Riders who choose to challenge what Spearhead is calling, “The Trail Too Tough to Tame” will find easy to moderate climbs that increase to steep technical challenges. Once on the top of the rocky ridgelines, riders will be treated to unprecedented vistas and heart stopping overlooks. Stone Mountain features nine amazing overlooks with places for riders to rest and enjoy the scenery.

“Some of our lower overlooks will have picnic tables for riders who want pack to a lunch or just relax and take in the view,” says Riedhammer. “It’s a great trail for those who like a little challenge and who are interested in working on their skills. If you are an advanced rider, our black trails will challenge even the most seasoned off-roader. We think this trail offers excitement for all skill levels and it’s really all about having fun.”

The town of Pennington Gap and Lee County have been working on this system for over five years and stakeholders are excited to see it finally come to fruition. The town is in the process of developing a world-class campground as part of the trailhead that will also offers plenty of parking and family-friendly amenities including a playground, swimming pool, and walking trails. Pennington Gap is a designated “ATV Friendly” town so riders can access lodging, food and other services without having to bring their hauling rigs into town.

This project was funded by Lee County, the town of Pennington Gap, the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Virginia Tobacco Commission.

For more information on Spearhead Trails, visit www.SpearheadTrails.com.

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