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$35,000 REI Grant Supports 7 North Georgia Trail Projects

REI has awarded the Southern Off-Road Mountain Bicycling Association (SORBA) $35,000 for its trail stewardship and access efforts in Atlanta and North Georgia. Six SORBA Chapters will benefit from this grant that will directly contribute to shovel-ready trail projects. Funds will be used to match Georgia Trails and Greenways grants for the Yonah Preserve project in White County and Chicopee Woods in Gainesville. Other projects benefiting will be Southside Park in the City of Atlanta, Blankets Creek trail in Woodstock, Raisin Woods Mountain Bike Park in Dalton, Pinhoti / Bear Creek in Ellijay, and the Big Creek Trail system in Roswell.

These projects will create economically, socially and environmentally sustainable trail that offer fun, safe places for people to gather and recreate while respecting the resources and requiring less volunteer contributions from the stake holding communities that support them.

Although these funds have been directed to SORBA, these trail systems will accommodate hikers and trail runners, as well as mountain bicyclists. Purpose-built trails will enhance the experience of all these user groups.

Most of these projects will require the local trail communities to contribute volunteer efforts to complete. SORBA consists of 5,000 members in 43 chapters in seven southeastern states and is the region partner of the IMBA (International Mountain Bicycling Association).


For more information contact: 

Tom Sauret - SORBA Executive Director and IMBA Region Director

2125 Elachee Dr.
Gainesville , GA 30501

[email protected]