Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day
Oct 6 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day @ Lake Hickory Trails | Nebo | North Carolina | United States

IMBA Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day will be celebrated at Lake Hickory Trails on October 6th at 10am. Join the Alliance for a fun morning of riding dedicated to the kids!

TKMBD is an annual celebration held officially on the first Saturday of October. The event, developed and coordinated by IMBA, strives to encourage communities around the world to join together and ride mountain bikes with youth. Over the years we’ve had tens of thousands of kids participate from across the globe, including: Italy, Australia, South Africa, Canada, Malaysia, and Mexico. Informal or formal, one child or 100 children, TKMBD celebrates the joy of riding in the dirt.

Besides being good, healthy fun, the goal is to develop a connection between kids and the natural world around them. Today’s children are tomorrow’s land managers and politicians — future decision-makers for important matters like recreation and access to public lands. How different might our current access landscape look today if previous generations of policy makers had grown up riding bikes on natural-surface trails?

This year’s event will have many NICA Student Athletes participating as four teams from our region will be in attendance. Come on out to see what its all about!

An adult group ride when the kids’ ride commences (around 1 pm).

To register a kid, please RSVP! If you are interested in helping with the event (or need more information at all), email the Alliance at

Wilson Creek Wild and Scenic River Celebration
Nov 3 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Wilson Creek Wild and Scenic River Celebration @ Wilson Creek Visitor Center | Collettsville | North Carolina | United States

The year 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. In celebration, the US Forest Service and other public and private partners are hosting a large public event in the Wilson Creek Wild and Scenic River watershed on Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 9am to 4pm. The day-long event is intended to recognize the history of Wilson Creek and its designation as a wild and scenic river and provide river-based stewardship and educational activities while bringing attention to today’s needs and opportunities. There will be food and entertainment provided by local vendors and musicians.

The Alliance will have a booth at the event and lead volunteer work on Lower Wilson Ridge Trail from 9am until noon. A guided group ride is also scheduled at 2pm. Meeting location for all activities will be at the Wilson Creek Visitors Center.

Please find a list of all of festival partners and more details on the event here: Event Flier

If you’d like to volunteer, we could use the help! Click the links below to sign up!


(Sign up sheet in progress)

2018 Annual Chapter Meeting – Nov 30
Nov 30 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
2018 Annual Chapter Meeting - Nov 30 @ Morganton | North Carolina | United States

Join us for our Annual Meeting on Saturday, Nov. 30 in Hickory NC (exact venue location TBA).  Doors will open at 6pm, and meeting will commence at 6:30. We will take care of some quick annual business, provide some information on the state of the Alliance, and then have plenty of time for conversation over some drinks. Some land managers that we work with will also be in attendance. Meeting is open to everyone, including non-members.

This year we will also be announcing the winner of our Anniversary Bike Raffle at the end of the meeting…Join us!

One of the business items for the meeting is to appoint new board members and officers for 2019. To read more about the 2018 board members, click here. Nominations for 2019 are now open for members in good standing. If you’d like to nominate yourself, another member, or if you have any questions about what board members do and what the expectations are (monthly meeting attendance, etc.), email us back at, and we’ll get right back to you.

We are also working on a group ride at Hickory City Park tentatively scheduled for 3pm.

Other items on the meeting agenda:

Trails (Current Projects, Future Plans)
Promotions (Financials, Trail Work Parties, Rides, Social Events, Alliance Gear, Grants)
Outreach (Membership, Sponsorship, LBS Activities, Local Events)
We have a lot to share and want to hear what you’d like to say about the trails you ride. Whether you’ve already joined the Alliance or just wanting some information, stop on by to find out what we are all about