November News from the Alliance

Nov 30, 2017 | News

Here’s a quick roundup of recent news from the Alliance.

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Chapter Meeting in Morganton December 15

The Alliance will host our Annual Members Meeting on Friday, December 15 at Overmountain Cycles in Morganton. Doors will open at 6:00 pm and the meeting will commence at 6:30. We will take care of some quick annual business, provide some updates, and have plenty of time to talk trails and bikes over beer. Representatives from Lake James State Park, Pisgah National Forest, and Burke County are scheduled to be in attendance to discuss new things that will be happening in 2018. The meeting is open to everyone, including non-members. Please join us! MORE INFO

Nominations open for 2018 Board of Directors and Officers

One of the business items for the December 15 meeting is to appoint new board members and officers for 2018. To read more about the 2017 board members, click here. Nominations for 2018 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.

Lake James Work & Ride December 16

Join us at Lake James State Park on December 16 at 9:00 am for a maintenance day on the Tindo and Wimba loops. Volunteers will be doing light work on the tread and corridor to keep it in fine shape. We’ll stop for lunch around noon and have a group ride afterward. Any day-of cancellation will be posted on our Facebook site so check there if weather looks questionable.

Classic Pisgah trails receive some love at Old Fort Trail Weekend

We are really proud of the work completed November 18-19 at the Old Fort Trail Work Weekend. Here are some stats: 68 rolling grade dips, a few sections of re-benching, and 8 switchback improvements across the two trails! Thanks to Camp Grier for organizing and thanks to all of the groups who collaborated to make this a success, including Pisgah Area SORBA, Tarheel Trailblazers, Tanawha Adventures, and Run828 Foundation.  Click the thumbnail to view a gallery of photos. This will be happening again in March, so stay tuned! READ MORE.

“Dig In” by supporting the Lake Hickory Trail System

The Lake Hickory Trail System has been recognized by the 2017 IMBA Dig In Campaign, which is putting dollars directly toward 68 active, approved mountain bike projects in 31 states. IMBA has already secured $40,000 to be divided among all projects from industry partners, and the program also allows for individual donations from the public to give to any of the project through December 31, 2017. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the project! DONATE HERE. If you’d like to learn more about the Lake Hickory Trail System project, click here to check out their website.

Other News

Photo Gallery: New Zacks Fork Gravity Trails

Photo Gallery: New Zacks Fork Gravity Trails

This past summer, over a year's worth of planning, volunteering, and contracted trail work led to completion of the Gravity Trails expansion at Zacks Fork Trails in Lenoir. The fundraising effort began in 2021, with some grant writing and the establishment of a budget...

Old Becomes New On Yancey Ridge

Old Becomes New On Yancey Ridge

New Reroute of Exit Now Open! The Alliance is pleased to share that the newly constructed exit of Yancey Ridge Trail is now officially OPEN! This 1.2 mile section of new trail reroutes the segment that was on private property onto US Forest Service land. The...