Outdoor enthusiasts pushing for trail system

June 18, 2017 by  

Bicyclists, walkers, hikers, and others who love the outdoors are continuing to ask for a trail system, along with its supporting businesses, to be developed on land belonging to Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU). They have officially named their dream the “RDU Forest”.

The land comprises 600 acres between the William B. Umstead State Park and Lake Crabtree County Park, and those who are involved in the effort hope one day the area will be resort-like, with 50 or more miles of trails, along with zip lines, rope courses, bike rentals, outdoor stores, and brew pubs.

The Umstead Coalition and Triangle Off-Road Cyclists (TORC) are two of the non-profit organizations engaged in the effort. Chaz Felix, who’s a Raleigh resident as well as a member of TORC, says that creating this resort-like area will allow the airport to lease part of it for revenue, as well as giving the Triangle a way to preserve the green space, which will be a special destination for outdoor lovers.

Developing the land as a green space would appeal aesthetically, and would also give the airport a way to raise money, project supporters say. RDU could use the revenue to improve its taxiways and runways, build a facility for car rentals, and make additional improvements.

Efforts like this can benefit if supporters work with a brochure printing company to create a booklet for area-wide mailing, explaining the project.