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!

IMBA TCC coming to Sope Creek on April 18

IMBA Trail Care Crew to visit Chattahoochee River on April 18

On April 18 the IMBA Trail Care Crew will be at Cochran Sholes / Sope Creek, in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA), to help in our efforts to
complete the finishing work on approximatly 2 miles of trail realignments. This project is being executed under the authority of the
National Park Service (NPS) and we are strengthening our 20 year
partnership with NPS by taking the lead on this undertaking. The new
sections of trail will be replacing badly eroded sections of the 100 year
old farm road that connects Cochran Shoals to Paper Mill Road. These
trail realignments will be built per IMBA shared-use guidelines and have been
adopted by the NPS as the standard for trailbuilding. The new sections of shared-use (run, bike, hike) trail will provide an improved experience by encorporating the IMBA standards;
better sightlines will allow users to see further ahead to avoid
potential conflicts. Furthermore, a more sustainable trail will be in
place, allowing easier maintenance and longevity for the trails.

During the IMBA Trail Care Crew (TCC) weekend, we will have a social
gathering on Friday night, April 17, for anyone who wants to come meet Kelly & Collins Bishop
(TCC) and have a good time. The location will be the Cavern Bar in downtown Atlanta. On Saturday, April 18, we will have brief trail
building technique sessions in an outdoor classroom, two work
party sessions happening before and after lunch, group rides, FREE LUNCH and snacks, and various PRIZES to giveaway including a FREE entry to any 2009 trail run race presented by Dirty Spokes Productions and a FREE entry to any 2009 6/12 hour mountain bike race presented by Dirty Spokes Productions — and that’s just the beginning!

Friday, April 17
Social at Cavern Bar | | 1035 North Highland Ave | Atlanta 30306

Saturday, April 18
8:00am-12 noon
Work Party session 1 at Sope Creek with TCC
12 noon-1:00pm
Lunch (free for volunteers)
Work Party session 2 at Sope Creek with TCC
Both sessions of the WP's will include a brief outdoor classroom session pertaining to the type of work that we will be doing on the trail for that session.  There will be giveaways on both Friday night and Saturday.


Please bring your bike and helmet as we will be working on the
new trail sections at Death Valley. We will stage tools near the
worksite so you won’t have to carry them in, but in order to maximize
our time, it will be faster if you can ride to/from the worksite with
your crew leader.  If you do not have a bike, please contact Charles at
[email protected] ASAP to
make arrangements. We encourage all users to come help and there are
options we can employ to get you to the worksite if you are not a
mountain biker.

If you can help in any of the following ways, please contact Charles Myrick at [email protected]

  •  Certified trail crew leader
  •  Public Relations at the car parks
  •  Set up / tear down of tents, tables, chairs, etc

As you go about your day to day business, please call, email, or
stop by in person and thank the following businesses who are graciously
sponsoring our events with the IMBA Trail Care Crew this weekend at
Sope Creek, in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA):

55nine Performance

Atlanta Cycling

Atlanta Outfitters

Cavern Bar

Dirty Spokes Productions

Free Flite Bicycles

Performance Bicycle Shops


Rockledge Apartments

These sponsors have contributed their support in the way of product,
space use, or money to help make this weekend successful and it’s very
important to us that you show them your appreciation for their

Thank you Sponsors! We couldn’t do it without you!

Other upcoming events at Sope Creek include:
  •  Partnering with REI on a work party (early April)
  •  National Trails Day events, partnering with NPS (June 6)
  •  Weekly group mountain bike rides (Thursdays starting March 19)
  •  River work party on May 2 to help NPS with river interpretive trail signage
  •  Ribbon Cutting event on August 1

Harbins Alcovy Park and Trail System Grand Opening

Paulding SORBA Update

We, Paulding SORBA, are at it again and have an exciting year ahead of us.  We've broken ground at Mt.Tabor Park by initiating another Gateway Trails project. This trail network will target our community here in Paulding County and hopefully provide many of you an opportunity to improve the community
you inhabit.

We're are starting several initiatives which encompass many facets of giving back.  "Make Your Mark " which describes a
volunteer drive we are hoping to get rolling to aide in the construction of nearly 7 miles of trails to be built at Mt. Tabor. We are hoping that many of
you will opt to either ride or hike these trails to increase your fitness, nature hikes, etc. These trails are going to be interpretive for all users alike. We hope to have several fund raisers throughout the summer to aide us in purchasing signage that will describe these trails.

SORBA Board of Directors Meeting

Saturday, Feb. 28
8AM-3PM Meeting
Ride at FATS after the meeting

Thurmond Lake Office & Visitor Center
510 Clarks Hill Highway
Clarks Hill, SC 29821

We are providing a light breakfast on Saturday, lunch and dinner.


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