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Volunteer-Built Magic

The Moore’s Springs Trails (outside of Winston-Salem, NC) were recently named #9 trail system in North Carolina by singletracks.com. For a state that has the best riding east of the Mississippi (our opinions are our own and do not necessarily represent those of IMBA), this is big.

Not to mention that the entire trail is volunteer-built. Right now, it’s a cloverleaf type system of six miles of singletrack, some built with a Ditch Witch, some by hand. It has some of the best optimal flow we’ve experienced, meaning you can gain speed and shed speed without having to use your brakes and minimally your pedals. There are good climbs with nice reprieves to catch your breath, and gravity-oriented downhills, all tucked away in a cornucopia of rhododendrons (this is NC after all) and mountain laurels, with sweeping views of north central NC.

This is the type of place we probably would have never stopped if it hadn’t been for our Trail Care Crew adventures. We got to work with the system’s mastermind, Tony Mcgee, and his range of tireless volunteers and friends. IMBA and mountain bikers everywhere are lucky to have a network of smart and motivated volunteers all around the US who start from scratch to build some of the best trails around, and we’re even luckier to infliltrate their magic, if only for a weekend.

Our Trail Care Crew Trainbuilding School helped them extend the system into what will eventuay be 20 miles of singletrack. We built a switchberm (elevated, insloped turn) and a dirt berm that will add even more spice and challenge to the system

Thanks to Tony McGee and all of the Moore’s Springs Trails volunteers, Camp Sertoma 4-H Educational Center, Singletree Inn, Novant Health and all of our participants (as well as the best trail dog ever, Hayduke), for a productive and fun weekend. We will be back to check out the whole 20 miles!

 

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Many thanks to all who

Many thanks to all who participated; good trails will make you smile!

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awesome work folks, makes me stoked to read it! If I'm ever over yonder......

Awesome Inspiration!

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit MST! Tony and his band of Merry Men and Women have done an incredible job of creating a bit of magic in the Saura mountains conveniently located to the Triad region. Bringing IMBA to the Trail will only inspire more to come out and ride and as so many said already we have only just begun to spread the word. Your words of wisdom will help the team and words of training and insight will no doubt help the arduous task of continuous improvement so many on the MST Trailbuilding crew aspire to create! We hope you can come back soon, but we know your schedules are full, and hopefully the momentum you have created will push us to the top! ;0)
Ross

Great times Steve and Morgan

You both did a wonderful job inspiring and educating our community. It is great to have such knowledgeable first hand accounts of the value of trails to rural areas such as ours. We look forward to having you back many times, but my back hopes I don't have to build 7 more miles of trail to get you guys back here.

Thanks so much Steve and Morgan

You both did a wonderful job inspiring and educating our community. It is great to have such knowledgeable first hand accounts of the value of trails to rural areas such as ours. We look forward to having you back many times, but my back hopes I don't have to build 7 more miles of trail to get you guys back here.
~Tony

Moores Spring Trail

Steve & Morgan,

The only reason it is "ranked" #9 is that it still a very young trail that a lot of folks don't know about, especially since it is off "the beaten path". Once it is 20 miles of North Carolina sweet singletrack it will be another example of "if you build it they will come"!

Looking forward to seeing how the "Switchberm" rides. Building the switchberm definitely had the arms tired the next day, special props to the folks who kept all of those rocks coming from the bottom of the hill.

Can't wait to have you both with us in Greensboro, more volunteer magic about to happen!

Sincerely,

Mark Gatehouse

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