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New phase of Cloudland Canyon trail under way

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LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN, GA (Times Free Press) -- Jim Huff was in the woods Friday morning near Cloudland Canyon State Park with his dog for company, Alison Krauss' bluegrass cranked up on the stereo and a giant shovel at his fingertips.

Huff was using a mini-excavator to carve a section of a Lula Lake Land Trust trail that will lead from a trailhead at Nick-A-Jack Road all the way to Cloudland Canyon when construction is finished this fall.

"I'm just an old farmboy," said Huff, a retired elementary school teacher who grew up using heavy equipment on his family's farm near Jonesboro, Ga. His interest in mountain biking led him to found Jim's Outdoors, a trail construction company.

Huff kept a close eye on an indicator that showed the grade of the trail he was digging through the duff, stumps and rocks on the forest floor.

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