March News Updates for the Southeast
Paris Mountain State Park (S.C.) Gets More Trail
After hosting a successful State Championship Downhill Race in 2011,Upstate SORBA elected to donate some of the profit to Paris Mountain State Park to help complete a new trail. The donation, combined with funds from the local REI store, made $8,000 available to hire a professional trail building company to build about one mile of new trail. The work was finished March 1. See how you can help.
Tannehill Ironworks State Park (AL) to Add 9 Miles of MTB Trail
Tannehill did not have mountain bike trails until a Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew visit hosted by the Birmingham Urban Mountain Pedalers in 2010 led to three miles of volunteer-built trail. Thanks to a $100,000 Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant, 9 more miles will be built by a professional contractor. The resulting 12-mile singletrack system will include rocky, hand-built technical sections along the ridge and smooth, flowy, machine-built trail through the woods.
Chapter Involvement and Sustainable Flow Trails Lead to Big Growth in Ridership
The Blankets Creek mountain bike trail system, located near Atlanta in Canton, GA, is one of the most heavily-visited mountain bike parks in the Southeast. According to a counter at the trailhead, Blankets Creek saw a 29 percent increase in annual riders in 2011. Some of this growth can be attributed to the opening of Quehl Holler, a downhill flow line trail, and the commitment by the local chapter, SORBA Woodstock, to providing more flow and trail features on the existing trails.
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