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News and Events from the Southeast—May

Georgia Pinhoti Trail Expanded, Access Improved

Several trail enthusiasts, including mountain bikers, hikers and horseback riders, gathered May 3 for a grand opening of new access on the Georgia Pinhoti Trail, which is about 160 miles total. The entire trail is a designated IMBA Epic. Long live long rides! (Feature photo is from the Pinhoti near Dalton, GA. Photo by Conrad Fernandez via MTB Project.)

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Summer Solstice 5K Trail Run and 6-Hour Mountain Bike Race

Atlanta Cycling invites you to the Summer Solstice 5K and 6 Hour Mountain Bike Race, organized by SORBA West Georgia and Cobb County Parks. You won't find a faster trail run, and the bike race is sure to challenge both novice and expert alike on the Allatoona Creek Trails in Acworth, GA. Attempt both for the title of Solstice Superman.

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CAMP to Expand Trails at Chewacla State Park

The Auburn City Council recently approved a resolution authorizing the use of up to $100,000 in Urban Development Action Grants as an interim loan to assist the Central Alabama Mountain Pedalers (CAMP) in expanding the mountain biking trails at Chewacla State Park. The loan will provide for short-term cash flow to begin the project, which will ultimately be reimbursed through a State of Alabama Recreation Trails Program Grant. CAMP is calling for proposals for the design of the new, multi-use trails.

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NWNC MTB Alliance Opening New Trails at Lake James

New mountain bike trails are nearly finished at Lake James State Park and will be opening on National Trails Day, June 7. The new trailhead is located in the Paddy’s Creek Area, where the park has been expanding recreation over the last several years. “The trail system at Lake James State Park is a first-class project that we hope everyone will come and enjoy,” said Lake James State Park Superintendent, Nora Coffey.

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IMBA Instructor Certification Program Heading To Kerr Scott

Do you want to teach others the joy of mountain biking? If so, please join The Northwest North Carolina MTB Alliance and the Brushy Mountain Cyclists Club June 20-22 for the IMBA Instructor Certification Program Course (ICP) at Kerr Scott Trails. This course leads to certification as a Level 1 Ride Guide, and will start at 5 p.m. on Friday June 20. Registration is open still, but space is limited. Don’t put off participating in this great class!

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