The Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association (SORBA) is the largest nonprofit mountain biking organization in the Southeast. Our members work with land managers in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee to create trails and trail systems for mountain bikers and other users to enjoy. Through advocacy, education, and recreational opportunities, SORBA carries out its mission to promote land access, trail preservation, and new trail development in order to enhance mountain bike touring, racing, fun, and fellowship for all mountain bicyclists in the southeastern United States.

We have partnered with the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) and now represent over 4,000 members who help steward miles and miles of great trails in a seven-state area. The best riding in the Southeast is found on trails maintained by our volunteers. Our members love singletrack, rocks, roots, and logs, and we employ IMBA's trailbuilding practices to ensure that our trails are sustainable and challenging.

IMBA-SORBA relies on our wonderful members to carry out our mission. Our volunteers donate thousands of hours each year to advocate for trail access, build trails, and maintain trails. Join IMBA-SORBA today!

The Forbidden Forest

Advocacy in Action in Nashville, TN

By Carolyn Heichel

For as long as I can remember
I’ve looked at the trails in Percy Warner Park while riding by on the road and
dreamt of the day I could drop in and experience the sweet single track I’ve
only experienced on foot. I was told mountain biking was actually allowed at
one time, and mountain bikers built many of the trails in the park before they
were outlawed (well before my riding days in Nashville), and now only allow
hiking and equestrian use. As tensions grew between the different user groups,
the mere mention of the words “mountain bike trails” and “Percy Warner” in the
same sentence often started a huge debate between nature lovers, equestrians,
and mountain bikers. Percy Warner Park was no place for mountain bikes!

Thanks to our Volunteers, 2010 Was a Great Year for CSRA Trails

By Susan Messick  

SORBA-CSRA would like to thank all of the members and volunteers who
helped maintain the local trails in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) in
2010, and who helped us kick off 2011 with trails in great shape. Sixty-five
SOBRA-CSRA members and volunteers worked over 1020 hours maintaining our local
trails.

Go, Dawg! SORBA-Athens Turns it on in Athens-Clarke County

by John Wares

SORBA Athens is turning it
on and making big moves in 2011. We’ve started a campaign to raise membership
and awareness of our cause by reaching out to the community to gain access to trails
in Athens-Clarke County. We’ll host traditional events, such as time trials, as
well as Trailgating events where we set
up a tent at trailheads and supply information and cold water (or hot tea,
weather depending) to riders and other trail users who may not know about us
and our mission. 

Mt. Tabor Trail System Boasts 30,000 Visitors Annually!

by Wes Allen

Paulding SORBA, assisted by
Paulding County’s Department of Transportation, has been tracking visitor
traffic to the Mt. Tabor Park trailhead parking lots. Data analyzed from 2010
and 2011 show that the trails receive over 30,000 visitors annually. This is a
tremendous sign of appreciation from the public and for all the volunteer
effort put into these trails since the project began in November 2009.

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