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The day that Mountain Bikers have been waiting for has finally arrived...
Mountain Bike Trails are OPEN!
Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting was April 2, 2016!
Rules of the trail are posted at Trailhead 2.
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Maintaining the trails will be an all-volunteer effort, especially right now with the summer growing season upon us. Pass the word and recruit your friends!
Maintenance involves: clearing the corridor of ground cover, debris and flora; pruning back or removing small trees and other obstacle plants.
Recently the Bend Friends' board of directors voted to allocate funding for a Trail Construction Master Plan. This will be a "turn-by-turn" plan for the remainder of the trail system along the approved routes (see Muddy Maps at right). With this in hand, IMBA/SORBA will apply for grants that will go to pay for trail construction.
A group of volunteers formed an MTB Committee a couple/three years ago to spearhead the planning and building of mountain bike trails at Chattahoochee Bend State Park.
Construction of mountain bike trails will make The Bend a destination park in the Muddy Spokes Club and fill a HUGE gaping hole for MTB enthusiasts for miles around. This will generate more visitors and more revenue for the park and the Friends organization. That means more hiking and biking trails and more healthy outdoor activity for everyone!
Now... we won't sugar-coat it. Building mountain bike trails is more difficult than building hiking trails. Bike trails require more maintenance more frequently than hiking trails. The Friends and the MTB Committee are looking for people who are willing to make a commitment to help forge and maintain a great mountain bike trail right in our backyard.
We need people who are willing to give a little bit of their time to get this plan rolling. People to put their boots on the ground, to wield a pick, shovel or rake, and to get as dirty as all get-out.
You'll get a great workout, be outdoors, and you'll be helping create a distinctive landmark that will be enjoyed by many people in the years to come. And you'll be able to think to yourself as you ride the trail, "I helped build this trail!"
Please email email@example.com to join us -- and tell your mountain biker friends about this project!
MAP INCLUDES DIRECTIONS.
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- Boots and work gloves
- High-energy good-carb snacks
- Insect repellant
- A Sutter 300 mini-dozer or similar trail-building machine
- rakes: leaf, garden, or landscaping (leaf pref.)
- gas- or battery-powered blowers
- sling blades
- loppers and pruning shears
- hand saws: bow, pruning, etc.
- gas- or battery-powered string trimmers
- axes and hatchets
- shovels, picks, adze hoes
- post-hole diggers
CAUTION: the trail maps below are provided for informational purposes only. ONLY the trails on the park map above actually exist.
FLAGGED trail - click image to view.
Key to trails is in image.
Main Loop - click image to view.
Blue = east-west hiking trail.
Red = Friends' planned trail.
Gray = paved/gravel road.
Green = park boundary.