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SORBA Chattanooga Opens New Mountain Bike Trails at Raccoon Mountain

Contact: Amanda Carmichael

SORBA Chattanooga Opens New Mountain Bike Trails at Raccoon Mountain
Grand opening celebration set for June, 7
(CHATTANOOGA) -- SORBA Chattanooga announces a grand opening event to celebrate the completion
of two new trails within the Raccoon Mountain trail system. Live Wire and High Voltage will add 8.5 miles
to the existing system for a total of almost 30 miles.

The work is a result of the combined effort of almost 2,000 hours of volunteer work by SORBA
Chattanooga, a $50,000 grant from the Lyndhurst Foundation, and approximately $150,000 in
improvements to the Laurel Point area of the park by TVA. The TVA improvements include a changing
booth, bike wash, bike repair stand, a new parking lot, as well as all of the materials for the construction
of a pump track.

“These new trails will provide riders with a combination of technical difficulty and natural beauty that is
unmatched in the southeast,” said Erik Rippon, president of SORBA Chattanooga. “The elevation change
from the boat ramp at the bottom to the top of Live Wire is 1,250 feet, which is about the same as
Lookout Mountain, and provides riders with a new challenge and adds to the area’s compelling trail
systems that attract riders from all over the country.”

The grand opening celebration is on June 7 at 10 a.m. at the new Laurel Point parking lot. There will be a
short ceremony before three guided group rides disperse. A beginner level ride will tour the trials
immediately surrounding Laurel Point. Intermediate riders will make a full lap round the top of the
mountain. Advanced riders will make a lap around the mountain that includes the new trails. After the
rides, a cookout lunch will be provided by SORBA Chattanooga. For additional information about the
day’s festivities, contact Erik Rippon at


About SORBA Chattanooga
SORBA Chattanooga is Chattanooga’s only 100% volunteer-driven organization dedicated to the building and
maintenance of mountain bike trails in the Chattanooga area. The organization seeks to utilize advocacy,
education, and recreational activities to promote land access, trail preservation, and new trail development in
and around the Chattanooga area. Since its inception in 2003, SORBA Chattanooga has led the effort of creating
nearly 100 miles of mountain biking trails in the Chattanooga area.