Forks Area Trail System - better known as FATS - is a testament to the power of a well-organized mountain bike club. The Southern Off- Road Bicycling Association (SORBA) has harnessed the power of more than1500 volunteer hours and grants totaling over $200,000 to create one of the Southeast's premier trail systems. "Beautifully built trails with swooping turns and rolling hills" raves one web review - and that's from a hiker's perspective!
Dupont State Forest is the latest addition to North Carolina's state forest system, but it already boasts more than 90 miles of trails. Trailside attractions include no less than four waterfalls all of which earned screen time in "The Last of the Mohicans". Dupont also proves that slickrock isn't endemic only to Utah, as two trails, the Cedar Rock and Big Rock singletracks, traverse huge exposed granite domes interspersed with gnarled scrub pine, creating spectacular riding conditions and unobstructed views.
Cortina is big: it's got twice the vertical of Vail or Mammoth Mountain. Cortina is dramatic: located in the heart of the Dolomites near Italy's northeast corner, it's an exceptionally sharp and rocky cluster of limestone peaks. Cortina is famous: host to the 1956 Winter Olympics, Cortina has been one of Europe's premier ski resorts ever since.
The Copper Harbor trail system is located 50 miles north of Houghton, MI at the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula. Trailheads are located within the village at the Copper Harbor Welcome Center and one mile south of town at the county-owned Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, off of US Hwy 41.
Please note: The full Buckhorn Trail loop is currently impassable. The 2007 Zaca Fire destroyed much of the first two miles of trail and the following heavy winters took the rest. The Santa Barbara Mountain Bike Trail Volunteers (SBMTV) have raised money and began work to rebuild, but it will still take significant work to re-open this full loop. A target re-opening date is fall/winter 2017.
In an area blessed with an array of great trails, it's sometimes tough to pinpoint a favorite. However, in the fat-tire mecca of Downieville, California, there may be consensus: the Big Boulder Trail is "the one." This trail features sustained climbing, outstanding mountain scenery, varied technical challenges, and singletrack descending that almost lives up to that impossible descriptor: endless. The Big Boulder is a historic 130-year-old mining trail, which has recently been revived as one of mountain biking's finest singletracks.
The guidance on this website, and in other IMBA documents, is for reference only and should not be interpreted as a standard, specification or regulation. Mountain biking is inherently risky and could result in injury or death.