Susquehanna Area Mountain Bike Association (SAMBA), in partnership with Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center announced the opening of a new 10-mile recreational trail system located behind the medical center campus. During the trail’s October 13th official opening, a vine was cut as part of the ceremony and SAMBA mountain bikers were the first to experience the scenic loop.
Members of the nonprofit volunteer organization, SAMBA, began construction on the new trail in March. Since then, 143 volunteers donated 1,600 hours of their time to creating a new outdoor venue for the community, medical center students, faculty, employees, and patients. SAMBA president and Derry Township resident, Nick Loftus commented, “Communities build trails, and trails build communities.”
There are different sections available for beginner, advanced, and expert mountain bikers. Along with mountain bikers, hikers, runners, and dog walkers can enjoy the nature-filled single track. This unique group of trails is accessible to the public via the medical center campus and is in proximity to several other area trails like the Eshenour Trail and the Horseshoe Trail. The trails were developed in partnership with Penn State Health, and the project is consistent with the medical center’s environmental sustainability plan.
SAMBA board member and local park liaison Glenn Rowe noted, “Hundreds of mountain bikers and hikers already have enjoyed the trails. This will clearly be a regional outdoor attraction that will provide many benefits to the users as well as local businesses.” During the week, the parking area for the trail system is also utilized by contractors. Overflow parking is available in the gravel lot on campus near the community gardens.