Craigmore Trail Remediation
The trails at Craigmore Creek are part of a 400-acre parcel of land owned by the Van Zutphen family of Inverness County, Cape Breton. The park is situated along rising terrain off Highway 19, just 15.2 kilometers north of Port Hastings.
What’s in a name?
Craigmore Creek has been part of the NSORRA family of ride parks since 2010. It is a beloved destination for many who travel there for its varied slopes and winding pathways that challenge and reward riders with a rhythm that is part of the mystique and beauty of Cape Breton.
It has a regular dirt bike ridership of young locals who almost always stop by to say hello. Many ride directly from their homes via the shared-use section of the Great Trail that runs the length of the original Judique Flyer Train line. The “creek” at Craigmore was once the source for a water refilling line that kept a reservoir filled for the steam locomotives that serviced this important transportation link along Western Cape Breton.
That rail line, now a shared use trail, is an active corridor of cyclists, OHVs, walkers and horseback riders that gives hundreds of resident users safe access to linear, well-marked trail that accesses neighbours, community water frontage, and destinations like Craigmore Creek Off-Road Motorcycle (ORM) Park.
Forest harvesting almost completed
Forest harvesting work is underway at Craigmore Creek Ride Park this spring. The change is monumental but don’t be disheartened. This plan was communicated to NSORRA by the owners and work to remediate the affected trail has been immediate and comprehensive. The repair to the staging area and top loop is on-going and will continue to improve throughout the season.
Please be respectful and ride the dry line or wait until conditions improve to preserve our trail. Getting stuck, revving out or rutting the trail creates damage and hard work for volunteers.
Many thanks go out to Margaree Excavating and the efforts of NSORRA volunteers from Cape Breton – Kathleen Tobin and Justin Lewis from Sydney Forks, Trevor Pushie from Scottsville and Jens Sauer from Marble Mountain – who helped NSORRA President Josh Kelly with raking, clearing, cutting and so much more.
2021 promises to be good for those who can commit to riding this jewel in the NSORRA crown.
NSORRA’s President Josh Kelly is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys every minute on the trails with family and friends, whether it’s off-road motorcycling, hiking, or mountain biking.