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Ga. proposes new fees to ride bikes at state parks

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ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - State officials might soon start charging cyclists to ride on trails at three state parks in north Georgia.

The Department of Natural Resources is considering charging a $2 mountain bike trail fee at Unicoi State Park in Helen, Fort Yargo State Park in Winder and Hard Labor Creek State Park near Rutledge.

Paul Nelson, assistant director of state parks, tells the Athens Banner-Herald (http://bit.ly/v0Z8id) the parks were chosen for the possible fee because of the length of their trails.

He said the department needs to charge fees for activities like bike riding, disc golf, miniature golf and horseback riding to keep parks open and make up for state budget cuts.

A public hearing on the proposal is planned for Jan. 9 at Fort Yargo State Park.

 

Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, http://www.onlineathens.com

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