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Proof is in the Trails in Dothan, AL

We’re all too familiar with the chicken or the egg scenario, which one came first? Well, in the mountain bike world this can be applied to local trails and local mountain bikers. Can a community have an organized group of mountain bikers without trails or does there have to be trails? This is a dichotomy we faced on a recent visit to Dothan, AL, where the local SORBA chapter, Southeast Alabama Mountain Bikers, hopes to build a community of riders with the capacity to improve access to and stewardship of local trail systems.

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Professional Trails make Lasting Relationships in Athens, GA

A new community trail can add serious value to local advocacy. In Athens, GA a recent trail at Trail Creek Park right in the heart of town. SORBA-Athens has been hard at work with County Land Managers to get a new mountain bike trail to help provide some quality access for local riders. Dubbed “Widespread and Panic” for popular band Widespread Panic who hailed from Athens, the machine built trail features a bike optimized flavor with features to keep riders of all ability levels grinning from ear to ear.

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Getting More People Outside with Trails in Elizabethtown, NC

Trails can be a great way to help improve local economies by providing an asset to draw tourism and residents to town. But trails can also help get local residents outside exercising, enjoying the natural world, and living a healthier lifestyle. Elizabethtown, NC is hoping to offer locals the opportunity to choose an active outdoor recreation if it’s something that interests them.

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Urban Trails create buzz in Alexandria, Virginia thanks to MORE

No matter where you may live in the country, having some trail network right in your backyard makes riding not only more accessible, but also adds to the level of ownership one has for the trails. This ideal is the basis for many great partnerships in the Washington D.C. area mainly through the Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts (MORE). MORE has done an amazing job working closely with land managers, local mountain bikers, and an assortment of other trail users to create opportunities around the metro area.

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Trail Access comes from Relationships in Charlottesville, VA

University communities offer extensive potential for trails with their vibrant visions, engaged community members, and progressive local leaders. Charlottesville, VA is a great example of a community flush with potential for getting more users out on trails and excited about the sport of mountain biking. With an impressive 20-mile loop-encircling town, Charlottesville is an unassuming hub for trail-based recreation. A constant stream of trail runners passed as we worked our way through our reroute design, many curious what we were up to.

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Volunteers Make it Happen in Evansville, IN

Looking at a map of the country, there have been pockets in rather unlikely territory where mountain biking and trails are at a surprising point. We enjoy hitting that unassuming destination where the community is enthusiastic, all ready exising trails exist with even greater potential, and where the local mountain bike organization is hard at work getting the right programs in place to get more people on bikes.

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City Trails help Create Buzz in Bay City, MI

Creating a trail system close to town can have profound benefits and offer a new layer of trail users to experience what singletrack can offer. In Bay City, MI, the Saginaw Bay Land Conservancy is proving just that with their Michigan Sugar Trails. A partnership between the SBLC and Michigan Sugar has opened up some exciting new access adjacent to the bustling town of Bay City. Currently in it's infancy stages, the trails have already proven to offer some excitement for what is possible on the small chunk of land.

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Trails in Southern Illinois- Shawnee Mountain Bike Alliance

We all know mountain bikers get a lot of street cred for walking the walk.

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Access Makes the Difference in Kalamazoo, MI

Creating an abundance of singletrack accessible from town is the focus of many local mountain bike organizations. Getting riders of all types out on trails while minimizing the amount of time spent in the car en route. In Kalamazoo, MI this dream is becoming a reality and local riders are excited to get crackin’ on a new project just outside north of downtown. Some committed relationship development has given the Southwest Michigan Mountain Bike Association (SWMMBA) the opportunity to develop a network of trails in a county park that has been closed to bikes for the past few years.

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Lakes and Community Excitement Highlight our Visit to Boyne City, MI

Beautiful lake views with an array of outdoor activities are two key things that help make Michigan a great state for lovers of the outdoors. Boyne City is a community that is realizing it’s potential as an outdoor destination. Boyne City’s downtown sits right off the water of Lake Charlevoix, an inlet of gigantic lake Michigan. This attraction brings lake enthusiasts of all types to town while Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands ski resorts offer great winter recreation options.

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