filed under: master plans
Trail Concept Plan
The Great Shasta Rail Trail will link the towns of McCloud and Burney and nearby recreation areas along an 80 mile trail that will feature local heritage, scenic landscapes, and stimulate the economic and social vitality of the region.
Imagine taking a journey down an evergreen lined corridor of nature and history, venturing between whistle-stops from the past that are now welcoming trailheads. Whether on bike, horse, or foot, a trek along all or part of the 80 mile Great Shasta Rail Trail provides a memorable recreational experience that encourages learning, exploration, and enjoyment of natural open spaces.
Recreation, heritage, and ecological enhancement are the cornerstones of the Great Shasta Rail Trail concept. Recreational opportunities abound, with the communities of Burney and McCloud woven together by a non- motorized pedestrian, equestrian, and bicycle trail that travels the route of an historic rail line, including spur lines to Hambone and Goose Valley. Connections to the existing McArthur–Burney Falls Memorial State Park, National Forest lands, and the Pacific Crest Trail add additional recreational opportunities, as well as amenities such as campgrounds and restrooms. Heritage is interpreted and featured at key locations along the trail, as well as manifested in materials used for construction of signs, buildings, and other amenities. Ecological enhancement is at the forefront with culverts and bridges restored, streams renewed, and native plants abounding.
Published October 23, 2015
IMBA Trail Solutions visited the Moose River Plains Wild Forest for one week in October of 2013 to conduct field research, meet with stakeholders, and to begin the process of developing a conceptual design for mountain bike use in the area. All of the designs presented in this report are conceptual in nature and have not been completely field verified. Additional work will need to be done in the field to finalize the designs of reroutes and proposed trails described in this report.
This master plan is a result of the entirety of IMBA TS site visits, with greater importance placed on those 2018 and 2019 planning and design site visits. The master plan represents industry best practices, professional expertise and experience, modern trail theory, and insights gained from numerous conversations with GA DNR, CVA-SORBA, and many others.
Gwinnett County is currently the second most populous county in Georgia with more than 936,000 residents and also has a minority-majority population. By 2050, estimates project Gwinnett could grow to as many as 1.5 million residents, making it the most populated county in the state.