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!

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Tuscaloosa SORBA’s Trails Enriched by Adoption

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Alec Wheeler (left) and Michael Cornwell shingling the slippery bridge on Five Bridges loop

"I'm not sure who originally suggested our Adopt-A-Trail program, but it has been a great success," says Richard Russell, chapter President, "There are about 12 miles of trail at Munny Sokol Park, and the idea came about for individuals or groups to adopt one or more of the 20-plus named trails at Sokol." The adopters do light trail maintenance, raking, and trash pickup. This regular maintenance gives the trails a nice cared-for look, and frees up workdays for more major projects.

Many of Munny Sokol's trails have been adopted by chapter members and volunteers. Adopters choose parts or loops of a trail or trails to care for and agree to keep up their adopted section. Richard has his name down for Antique Creek, although he unofficially adopted the entire trail system years ago. "At this time of year," says Richard, "we concentrate on raking the trails, and someone, not necessarily the same person, comes out several times a week. There is a friendly competition to see whose trail looks the best".

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