It's on a section of doctors creek trail.
When leaving the parking lot to the left through the cornfield you head down bridges trail. At the end of the lower cornfield section you can either go right around the small lake or continue straight down the slight hill over the boardwalk onto doctors creek trail. This section until the next intersection is marked pedestrian only.
I noticed the sign on my last wed night ride there in the beginning of october.
Thats the spot.I don't understand what they are trying to accomplish. The park is small enough to begin with. Was there a cyclist/pedestrian conflict or did someone get hurt. It cuts out a nice part of the outer loop.
Ok I know the area your talking about. I'll try and get some info as to why the change. I agree that the park/trails are too small to eliminate sections. If Pedestrian Only is introduced to Clayton I think it should be newly built loop right off the parking lot...like Hartshorne, the trail right off of Buttermilk.
The bridge/board walk sections on the lower half of Docs Trail are closed to bikes and horses. You can walk your bike over the bridge and continue riding the trail. The bridges have been deemed to slippery for bikes and too narrow for horses.
I told the ranger it is misleading to have a sign on the trail saying pedestrian only. She agreed and is going to pass along my suggestion of a sign saying walk bike over bridge.
This bridge is slippery, I can remember Chris T going down on it several years ago.
The big crash happened 3yrs ago. A horse went off the bridge sideways and could not get back up. Apparently the animal's hoof got wedged under the bridge and it was quite an ordeal to right the horse. I believe horse and biker tried to go over narrow bridge at the same time. Not sure if this is true but the horse going over did happen.
As a reminder always give horses the right of way. When encountering a horse dismount and remain neutral until the animal passes. If you need to get around wait for the rider to give you the green light.
Thanks for the info Chris. Just to make sure I understand it correctly,the trail is open to all but the bridge by the fields , which a dismount and walk area. I agree it is very confusing the way its posted. Hard still to understand that they are now setting the bridge as unridable due to something that happened 3 years ago, but it is their bat and ball so we play by those rules. We always yeild to horses and slow for pedestrians. Have never had a problem in that respect. See ya out there!
Ed and Pat Gifford
the Snot Rocket tandem
So why not just put a "dismount area" sign at the bridge Instead of pedestrian only signs? Retorical question, I know it's just a legal thing. But I guess it's easier for the horse riders so they don't have to backtrack.
BTW Mitch crashed pretty good on that bridge a few years ago. They had to cart him away in the meatwagon.
Mike, it was just before the long bridge heading out. It was the short 5' one with some loose derbies on it. It sent me flying off into the big tree that broke my rib and punctured my lung. I had to crawl over the long bridge to get to the ambulance on the corn field.
The Pedestrain signs are moved to both sides of first bridge approaching from the pond trail. They want bikers to dismount when crossing the bridge since a few people including myself have gone down when the surface gets slick.