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New River Gorge Trail Planning

Project Number: 
NPSN09_01

With a mission to maintain existing lands for the enjoyment and satisfaction of future generations, the National Park Service is developing ways for patrons to explore their public lands while still preserving critical habitats.

Value: 
$10K - $49K
Dates: 
Saturday, October 10, 2009 - Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Trail Solutions Staff: 
Rich Edwards
Dan Hudson
Joey Klien
Federal Partners: 
National Park Service
Region: 
Mid-Atlantic
Project Type: 
Featured | Plan/Design | Training
Location Type: 
Backcountry
Trail Type: 
Singletrack
Location: 
New River Gorge National River
Fayetteville, WV US
38.054174, -81.103992

Sandy Ridge Trail

Project Number: 
BLMT11_01

Just what is a Flow Trail?  IMBA’s Jill Van Winkle thinks of it as “having a rhythm and tempo.  It doesn't have to be smooth and easy as long as it's consistent.”

Value: 
$200K - $500K
Dates: 
Saturday, January 1, 2011 - Saturday, December 31, 2011
Federal Partners: 
Bureau of Land Management
Region: 
Pacific
Project Type: 
Construction | Featured
Location Type: 
Backcountry
Trail Type: 
Flow Trail
Location: 

Sandy, OR US
45.399414, -122.261009

Rock Lake

Length: 
27
Units: 
m

Oak Mountain

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Length: 
25
Units: 
m

Hurricane Cliffs

Pronounced “Her-ah-kun” by the locals, this trail system sits at the edge of the Colorado Plateau and the Great Basin. Grand mesas, vertical rock formations, and deep canyons combine with extinct volcanoes and vast rolling arroyos, bringing together a taste of all that southwest Utah’s Color Country has to offer. The Hurricane Cliffs Trail Network strings together a 21-mile loop, formed by four segments: the Hurricane Rim, JEM, Gould and Gould Rim trails.
 

Length: 
21
Units: 
m

Fresno-Sauceda Loop

A huge day in the saddle and super challenging,” says IMBA board member and Mountain Bike Hall of fame inductee Hill Abell. “Even the mostaccomplished 4-wheeler would have second thoughts about traversing the rugged double track segments, and you’ll witness incredible geography throughout the ride.”
 

Length: 
70
Units: 
m

Black Rock

Falls City, Oregon
The Black Rock Epic offers gravity-oriented mountain bikers a dream area, set in a classic Northwest forest. After a quick spin up the 3-mile access road (closed to vehicles), riders find themselves faced with a difficult decision: Which ridiculously fun trail to take? Choices range from the beginner-friendly Bonzai line to the gaps, drops and wooden features (milled from local trees) on Granny's Kitchen.
 

Length: 
99
Units: 
m

Telegraph Trails

Durango, Colorado

The IMBA Epics now include a ride in fabled Durango. This southwest Colorado mountain town is surrounded by countless miles of wooded singletrack - a primary reason why so many top mountain bike pros have settled here. The Epic pick is the Telegraph Trail network, a local's favorite.

Length: 
30
Units: 
m

Tsali Trails Epic: Left and Right Loops

Bryson City, NC

In the early 1800s a Cherokee Indian named Tsali escaped into North Carolina's Great Smoky Mountains, fleeing the US Army's attempt at a forced relocation. He bargained with his life so that his people could remain in the region.

Today, one of the Nantahala National Forest's greatest recreation areas is named after the brave man. Mountain bikers have been tested on Tsali's Left and Right loops for years - even if their situations are seldom as perilous as that of the defiant Cherokee's.

Length: 
23
Units: 
m

The Womble Epic

Hot Springs, Arkansas

Consider a 39-mile singletrack that rolls east-west along an Arkansas mountain ridge, following the course of the Ouachita River. The trail begins at one lake (North Fork) and ends at another (Ouachita). It passes through the thick hardwoods and dark pines of the Ouachita National Forest, opening occasionally to spectacular bluffs above the river. This is rolling terrain - ranging between 1,000 and 1,600 feet in elevation - but it all adds up. How do six hours of riding and 6,000 feet of climbing sound?

Length: 
33
Units: 
m
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