Like most trails around the country, Pisgah National Forest Trails are maintained by volunteers. And like most National Forest trials, they were made during a time when sustainability was not considered. Updating these trails to make them sustainable to increasing traffic loads is quite expensive and time-consuming. More support can help fund necessary maintenance and help keep trails open.
The mountain biking in Pisgah National Forest is legendary. Steep, rocky, and rooty fall line trails are some of the region’s most popular. Home to a temperate rainforest, Pisgah’s trails see some serious hydrologic events. Combine that with the recent explosion in popularity of mountain biking and you’ve got a tough job for the folks that maintain the trails in this region.
The 100% volunteer mountain bike advocacy group Pisgah Area SORBA is taking on the massive tasks of maintaining, updating and rerouting of problematic Pisgah trails in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service and other land management partners.
About Pisgah Area SORBA:
PAS is one of over 40 dedicated mountain bike groups that have banded together as the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association (SORBA). As the largest nonprofit mountain biking organization in the Southeast, SORBA’s mission is to promote land access, trail preservation and new trail development for all mountain bikers.
In the past two years, Pisgah Area SORBA has sponsored and led over 175 trail work days, completed a rehabilitation of Avery Creek & Buckwheat Knob trails, logged over 4,200 hours in volunteer trail stewardship, completed the construction of a bike park in Asheville, and much more.
How can you help?
Enter the WinStatus Raffle to help Pisgah Area SORBA sustain the future of Pisgah Ranger District Trails. Your funds will be used to help perform necessary trail maintenance. It will also help with special projects like the Black Mountain trail re-route, the Asheville Unpaved project, and the rehabilitation of Butter Gap trail, which will begin in 2022.
This raffle was made possible by the support of Sycamore Cycles and Specialized, Fox Factory, Industry Nine, PNW Components, Ergon, Thomson and Wolf Tooth Components. These companies are generously helping make Pisgah trails even better!
Photo credit: Tommy Penick
To win the Status buy raffle tickets here: .go.rallyup.com/winstatus or text ‘WinStatus‘ to 855-202-2100 to get a link to buy entries.