Summer news from the Alliance!

Jun 29, 2017 | News

The recent Solstice signals the beginning of summer in Northwest NC and brings long days for more riding. This newsletter is sent to our members and all contacts we have acquired at events or through IMBA.  We hope that you will enjoy these updates and meet us out on the trails!

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Pisgah NF Planning Meeting Thurs 6/29

The U.S. Forest Service will hold open houses across the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests from late June to early August. These will provide the public with opportunities to talk with Forest Service staff about local issues, district projects, and the Nantahala and Pisgah Forest Plan revision. The meeting in the Grandfather District will be on June 29 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Foothills Conference Center (2128 South Sterling Street in Morganton). You can READ MORE about the open houses and plan to attend an upcoming session.

Membership Drive-Last Chance to WIN a Yeti!

Memberships matter. We need them to develop clout, and that helps us to get things done. We would really appreciate your support through a membership. Please Join or renew today! Support, join or renew through June 30 and be entered to win your choice of an Yeti SB5 or an Beti SB5 plus a riding kit. Note: renewals are run through the IMBA website. Be sure to select our chapter “Northwest North Carolina Mountain Bike Alliance,” listed under North Carolina!

Bell Joy Ride in July

The next Bell Joy Ride will be on July 16 at Beech Mountain. These are mountain bike rides for women looking for both camaraderie and a little challenge in a fun and supportive environment. Check out the photos from the kickoff ride at Rocky Knob and make plans to join us for the next one!

Outdoor Alliance NPNF Economic Impact Survey

Dr. James N. Maples, an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Eastern Kentucky University, in collaboration with Outdoor Alliance, The Access Fund, American Whitewater, and the International Mountain Bicycling Association, is conducting a study examining the economic impact of rock climbing, whitewater paddling, and mountain biking in the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests.

Together they invite you to participate in this study by completing a brief and anonymous online survey.

Results from this study will be used to quantify the economic impact of outdoor recreation in the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests and will help the human powered outdoor recreation community provide important public input to the Nantahala and Pisgah Forest Service Plan, which is currently under review.

To participate, please follow this link to the survey:
Outdoor Alliance NPNF Economic Impact Survey


Save The Date !
Trail Prom will be held the evening of August 26, 2017. The venue is yet to be determined but mark your calendar! Photos from last year’s Trail Prom can be found by clicking HERE.

Construction Underway at Lake Hickory !
A new trail system is coming to Hickory, NC, and it’s happening now! Mad props to several Hickory-based Alliance members who are are making dreams come true! Please READ MORE and consider donating to the cause!

Come out for a Group Ride !
Group rides are now scheduled at Lake Hickory, Lake James, Rocky Knob, Zacks Fork, and other trailheads near you. We have added these events to our chapter calendar at


With the help of our friends at DeFeet International and Horton Design, the Alliance has developed some new merchandise! The socks and t’s have been selling fast! Bring some coin to our events as we’ll have some for purchase, including Rocky Knob this weekend. Or click on the photo to the right to our STORE.

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...