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Sylva’s spiked trails reopened in Pinnacle Park
Monday, 06 March 2017 12:20

From Staff Reports

SYLVA — After being closed since the previous weekend for public safety, Pinnacle Park reopened on Feb. 21.

The closure was prompted by the discovery of more than 60 spikes found hammered into tree roots along 2 miles of forested park trails, according to Sylva Town Manager Paige Roberson Dowling.

The 1,100-acre park, owned by the town of Sylva, totals 18.5 miles of trails popular with hikers and trail runners. 

The crime resulted in one person injured and another who suffered a torn shoe after he landed on a spike.

Over three days, Sylva police and other city staff and volunteers cleared leaves from the trails and followed with metal detectors to find the spikes.

It was a deliberate effort, as “someone hammered 4-inch long galvanized nails and left them protruding a half to 1 inch, and at an angle, so they’re like spikes,” Brian Barwatt, race director of the Assault on Black Rock (a 7-mile trail race March 18 in Pinnacle Park), told the Asheville Citizen-Times. 

Sylva police, who are offering a $1,000 reward in the case, are asking anyone with information to call them at 586-2916.



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