I'm glad you posted that link. I had no idea that this kind of thing was going on. I personally don't have a problem expanding the golf course. Those guys and gals stay in the low lands and don't bother the wodds very much if at all.
The other ideas though, CRAP! I can't believe what I've just read. Who manages the park, the USFS, some state park association, what?
I can see it now, three foot wide trails with even bigger blazes than there already are on every tree you pass, "comfort centers" (whatever those are) at both major and a new trailhead, SEE BELOW. With any luck they'll take enough time making decisions and implementing plans and procedures that they'll forget about some of this ridiculousness.
What can anyone do about this? Write letters?
Oak Mountain has been my local getaway for a few years now, and I have enjoyed it immensely. I already bushwhack away from the trails in non-sensitve areas (yeah, I'm not a forest ranger, but it's pretty easy to tell), to get off the trails. Even at peak times, I would say that I don't run into an overbearing amount of people. When I do pass people. it's pleasent enough. I'm afraid the thrill would be gone if I were to be clipping along on the orange connector and had to cross a road, navigate a "comfort station", and bathhouses.
"11. Scenic Touring Trail - Red Road and Tranquility Lake Segment-The second phase of the 13.7 mile scenic touring trail system will be constructed in a one-lane one-way loop from the Peavine Falls Segment along the historic CCC Red Road to provide automobile and bike access along the crest of Double Oak Mountain, through Shackleford Gap and returning to John Findlay Drive."
INSANITY. That crosses exactly on top of one of the best hiking loops in the whole park. I cross Shackleford Gap every time I'm there.
"21. Mountain Top Scenic Cabins-New cabins will be situated to take advantage of the incredible mountain top views overlooking the valley. The CCC vernacular design will be used for 2 bedroom/ 2 bath; 3 bedroom/ 3 bath and mini conference lodges (4-bedroom/ 4 bath with community room). All cabins and lodges will be sited with views and nice exterior amenities. Minimal selective clearing will be performed to achieve long-range views. The cabins will be secluded in the woods, constructed right below the Red Road and will be nestled into the landscape."
Are they serious?