The Baileys History
The roots of the Baileys Trail System dates back to 1993 when a group of recreation stakeholders recommended a 16 mile “Bailey Run” mountain bike trail to the Wayne National Forest. The idea was never fully formed and resurfaced sporadically over the years, until it finally gained steam and grew drastically in size in January 2016.
In May 2017, the first version of the Baileys Trail System Master Plan was released; in November 2017, the Baileys was selected as the first National Forest outdoor recreation conservation finance pilot project; and in December 2017, the Wayne National Forest approved the development of an 88-mile single-track trail system for mountain bikers, trail runners, and hikers of all skill levels.
In May 2019, the Outdoor Recreation Council of Appalachia (ORCA) council of governments was formed to manage the Baileys and other outdoor recreation in the region, marking a regional shift to working across landowner boundaries.