Be advised the Big Spring State Park will be closed for sealcoat work on the park road system today from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
According to Ron Alton, Park Manager for the Big Spring State Park, the closure is due to the movement of construction equipment on the park road system. He stated that the state park roads are maintained by the Texas Department of Transportation, and noted that it’s been 17 years since the last time the roads in the Big Spring State Park had been sealcoated.
Alton noted that most visitors don’t drive on the roads because they park at the bottom and walk around. This has helped to maintain the integrity of the roads for the last 17 years, but now it’s time to get it seal coated.
Alton went on to advise that the biking and hiking trails will be available for use after 10 AM as long as the equipment has progressed passed the trail entrance. He also told KBest News that that first-time hikers/bikers may want to avoid the trails until after the sealcoat work is completed at approximately 4 PM.
“If a person was in need of rescue, which we’ve already had two, then that’s going to make it very difficult on us and the emergency responders because of all of the equipment. So, first-time [trail users] need to stay away, just for their own health,” said Alton.
Alton went on to advise that the 2 rescues that have occurred at the Big Spring State Park have both been bikers, noting that the intermediate trail can be a little more difficult in certain areas of the trail.