January 13th, 2009 03:45 PM
Grayville (Hebron CT) Access
You may recall from an earlier thread here that the town of Hebron CT banned parking at the main entrance to the Grayville (Salmon River State Forest) riding area, due concerns about emergency vehicle access to a couple of homes adjacent to the entrance.
As a result of public complaints, the Hebron board of selectman re-opened the issue for discussion in their meeting last thursday, Jan. 8. 5-6 people, mostly mountain bikers, spoke on behalf of additional parking and keeping access to the forest. The Hebron board ended up passing a resolution directing the town manager to establish 2 public parking spots in the cul-de-sac at the end of the paved section of Grayville rd., to look into the feasability of improvements to accomodate additional parking along the side of the road, and to review overall access to the State Forest. They also determined that there was no basis in town regs for restricting use of nearby Grayville Falls Park to Hebron Residents only. The current sign in the park will be removed.
Most of the credit for the organized response and favorable result goes to locals Bob Pease (of Bob's Playground fame) and Jay Marinelli (Bikerag's King Arthur). Great job, guys! Now it's up to the rest of us to abide by the town's regs and keep access to this wonderful riding area. Grayville Falls Park is only a few hundred yards from the trailhead, so IMO mountain bikers driving to the area should park at the town park and leave the limited parking at the cul-de-sac to folks on foot.