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Whiskey Run Mountain Biking Trail now open in Bandon

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BANDON, Ore. -- A portion of the south coast's first mountain bike-specific trails opened to the public over the weekend.

The Whiskey Run Mountain Biking Trail is the first of its kind on the Southern Oregon coast.

"It's really exciting; we travel all over the country to ride our bikes and to have this caliber of trail system right here in our county is incredible - professionally built trails that are a lot of fun to ride," says Brent Pahls of Coos County.

Eight of the 11-mile mountain bike-specific trails are now ready for public use.

Riders of all ages and skill levels turned out for the opening celebration.

"I love to mountain bike and I've been on it and it's really fun; there's lots of curve and there's some downhill, but then you can still climb too. You get a good exercise," says Maddie Pahls of Coos County.

The whiskey Run Mountain Biking Trails are on Coos County forest land.

"This allows people to come out here to see what a managed forest looks like,” says Coos County Commissioner Melissa Cribbins. “The other thing it does is it provides a recreational opportunity for our citizens and it also increases the number of tourists that come to our area."

You can use the eight miles of mountain bike-specific trails starting now.

The full 11-mile trail is expected to open next summer.

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