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Florida Panhandle gets new Trailhead

May 27, 2014

$900,000 Project Complete in Apalachicola

Members of the Tallahassee Trail Riders flank Larry Nielsen (second from left), President of TTR, Alex Weiss (center), of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Deputy Ranger Harold Shenk of the Apalachicola National Forest during a ribbon cutting ceremony at the grand opening of the Springhill Motorcycle Trailhead.. The new trailhead was made possible by a Recreational Trails Program grant program, which provides financial assistance for the development of recreational trails, trailheads and trailside facilities.  (U.S. Forest Service Photo/Susan Blake)

The new Springhill Motorcycle Trailhead south of Tallahassee, Fla., opened in March as part of the U.S. Forest Service’s policy to develop a system of roads, trails and areas designated for motor vehicle use.

The project includes a new, single-span aluminum bridge to connect the forest’s separate motorized northern and southern trails. The prefabricated 90-foot Fisher Creek Bridge, shipped in two sections, replaces an older, antiquated bridge that stretched across the waterway, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Officials at the Apalachicola National Forest saw the opportunity to create the new recreation area with a $933,900 Recreational Trails Program grant through the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The program provides financial assistance to develop recreational trails, trailheads and trailside facilities.

The Tallahassee Trail Riders club and Red Hills Powersports of Tallahassee promoted and participated in the grand opening.

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