Over 200 people were on hand in Old Fort, NC, to witness the groundbreaking of their new trail system and Trailhead on a chilly January afternoon. Even the threat of a winter storm couldn’t hinder the spirits of everyone on hand. During the event, members of The G5 Trail Collective hosted city, county and state officials, as well as representatives from the US Forest Service.

While members touted that there will be numerous ribbon cuttings for the approved 42 mile trail system, this is the one and only ground breaking ceremony. In addition to having volunteers join in on breaking ground of the new trailhead location, a group of volunteers began hand cutting a section of trail that will be beginner friendly and tie into the parking lot.

This trail system is not only a big win for Old Fort but for the entire southeast region. Forest Service staff made mention on a number of occasions that these new trails would not be possible without the hard work that has been put in by SORBA chapters like the Northwest North Carolina Mountain Bike Alliance and Pisgah Area SORBA. Their volunteer efforts have given the US Forest Service confidence in knowing that the new trail will be well taken care of for years to come. Kudos to all of our hardworking volunteers, your efforts have not gone unnoticed!