Mountain Bike Trails approved for Newnan’s LINC Greenway
On Tuesday July 16th, the Mayor and City Council of Newnan approved a proposal for 2 miles of mountain bike trails along Newnan’s model mile of their new 25 mile PATH Foundation designed greenway project named the LINC.
These new trails will be constructed by MTB Atlanta on City land adjacent to the LINC by the Newnan Centre. These trails will be bike optimized, shared use trails for mountain biking, trail running and hiking. This will be Phase One of the LINC project as more city land will be made available for future trail development.
MTB Atlanta worked with Bike Coweta and the City of Newnan to develop the plan. The Board of MTB Atlanta believes this project fits squarely in our “Ride 20” mission, an effort to create trail and bike park projects within a 20 minute drive of every citizen living in Metro Atlanta. The LINC also creates a model of soft surfaced and greenway trails working together to create a linear park in Newnan that will accommodate all forms of cycling and recreation. We will use this project as a model for future opportunities in Metro Atlanta.
The Board of MTB Atlanta would like to thank the Mayor, City Council, and City Manager Cleatus Phillips for their support and vote of approval for this project. We are excited to bring new recreational opportunities along Newnan’s LINC Greenway project. Dirt and pavement play so well together.
Check out the Newnan Times Herald article on the project: http://times-herald.com/news/2019/07/mountain-bike-trail-approved-for-linc-section?fbclid=IwAR1vunkm-0Zip52Dzx2FZwAmGdu3xxDy4dBKXCOCgdbKPayOB8kVcluehQg.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony this Saturday at South Rockdale Park
Join us as we cut the ribbon on our newest trail project with Rockdale County Parks and Recreation at South Rockdale Community Park. We will have Rockdale County Commissioners on hand and C Town Bikes will be there to support. After we cut the ribbon, we will take group rides out on the trails. All skill levels are welcome. Come and join the celebration!
Ribbon cutting ceremony starts at 9 AM. and the park address is 3909 E Fairview Rd, Stockbridge, GA 30281. We would love to get a ton of folks out in show of support for this project.
The new trails at South Rockdale include beginner and intermediate loops and an expert terrain park with two downhill only runs.
Hope to see you there!
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony- Brown’s Mill Battlefield Site
Join MTB Atlanta, Bike Coweta, Friends of Brown’s Mill, and Coweta County this Saturday, May 25 at 10 A.M. as we celebrate the opening of the Beginner mountain bike trail at Brown’s Mill Battlefield with a ribbon cutting ceremony with Coweta County. Atlanta Trek Newnan will be on hand as well and we will have a bike raffle to fund the next phase of the plan, a 2-3 mile Intermediate Trail.
Spring Membership Drive Underway!
May is the time to join or renew your membership with MTB Atlanta! When you join or renew you will be entered to win two Pivot Cycles bikes, a Western Spirit Cycling Adventures trip for two, a shopping spree from Jenson USA, bike shipping from BikeFlights.com and a clothing package from Showers Pass! Choose auto renew and you will be entered to win a $50 gift card from REI.
When you join you will be supporting the maintenance and development of over 40 miles of trail in Metro Atlanta at Sope Creek, Cochran Mill Park, Southside Park, South Rockdale Park, Sykes Park, Brown’s Mill Historic Site and the first hard surfaced public pump track inside of I-285 at Sykes Park in East Point.
You will also contribute to the development of over 100 miles of new trail and bike park facilities in places like College Park, Newnan, Carrollton, Coweta County, Carroll County, Henry County and Chattahoochee Bend State Park.
Remember-trails are not free. Volunteers design, fund, build and maintain the trails and bike park facilities you love to ride in Metro Atlanta. Your membership to MTB Atlanta is an all access pass to the trails you love for just a few dollars a month!
Join or renew here today: https://www.imba.com/join/chapter/210548
Brown’s Mill Battlefield Trails Bike Raffle
Shared use trail development has started at Brown’s Mill Battlefield in Coweta County. The “beginner loop” has been completed and planning is underway to build an addition 4.5 miles of trail … it’s the first of it’s kind in Coweta County and part of MTB Atlanta’s long range goal of positioning southwest Atlanta as a mountain biking destination.
MTB Atlanta has partnered up with Bike Coweta to offer a drawing to raise funds for the Brown’s Mill Fund. Funds raised go towards equipment rental and operator fees. Simply donate a minimum of $25 to the Brown’s Mill Trail Fund and you’ll be automatically entered in to a drawing for a Trek Marlin 5 Mountain Bike courtesy of Atlanta Trek. Drawing to be held at the end of May.
Enter to win at https://mtbatlanta.com/browns-mill
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Southside Park. Saturday March 23rd 12 PM
Join us for the Ribbon Cutting Celebration for the Poole Creek Bridge and the new 3 mile Intermediate Trail at Southside Park with City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation. Afterwards, we will have lunch available and then move into Park Pride’s Annual Parks and Greenspace Pre Conference Tour, “ ATL Parks and Rec Community Celebration” which will run to 3 PM featuring bike rides and a pump track by REI, an “Art talk” tour with the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, and mini pitch soccer demonstrations by US Soccer Foundation.
Vote for Grant $$ for the Sope Creek Trail when you shop at any Metro ATL REI until April 8th
BIG NEWS! REI has chosen the Chattahoochee Parks Conservancy and MTB Atlanta for one of this year’s “loving our local outdoors” grants to improve the shared use trails at the Sope Creek and Cochran Shoals Unit of our National Park, the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.
Funds will be used for new signs, mechanized trail maintenance and rock armoring to give the Sope Creek trail some much needed love!
VOTE to increase our grant amount, when you shop at any REI store in Metro Atlanta. Simply grab a token at the register when you make a purchase and drop your token in the Chattahoochee Parks Conservancy/MTB Atlanta bucket to support the trails at Sope Creek! Thank you!
Coweta County Commissioner’s approve Trail Plan for Brown’s Mill Historic Site
Great news from Coweta County.
Following last October’s approval of a Memorandum of Understanding between Coweta County and MTB Atlanta, on Tuesday February 26th, the Coweta County Board of Commissioner’s has approved MTB Atlanta‘s plan for 5-6 miles of shared use trails for Mountain Biking at Brown’s Mill Historic Site with the support of the Brown’s Mill Battlefield Association.
This will be the first mountain bike trail system in Coweta County and on Coweta County Park land.
MTB Atlanta’s Vice President Chris Doane has spearheaded local advocacy efforts and also serves as Chairman of the newly formed Bike Coweta, a local advocacy group working as an arm of the Coweta Community Foundation to promote all forms of cycling in Coweta County.
MTB Atlanta hired Keith McFadden of Blue Ridge Geographics to produce the concept plan at Brown’s Mill.
Browns Mill Battlefield Historic Site is a 171 acre county-owned property on Millard Farmers Rd and was the site of a cavalry battle during the Civil War. The Park has largely been developed by the Brown’s Mill Battlefield Association and the County and has a system of trails already in place for hiking and running.
Currently, there is no other trail system in the County for mountain biking except one beginner trail at Chattahoochee Bend State Park. Local riders must drive some distance to mountain bike. In addition, National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) mountain-bike competition has been growing in popularity within Georgia middle and high-schools. Students who participate on NICA teams need convenient locations for practice and skill development. Adding MTB trails at Browns Mill Park will help fill the need for MTB Trails that are largely non-existent in the Newnan area at this time and will provide a much needed venue for the Coweta Composite NICA Team.
Design and construction will begin in March on Phase One, a Beginner Trail to activate the project. There will be two main ways you can support the project. First, you can donate to the trail fund at http://bikecoweta.com/donate. All donations are tax deductible through Bike Coweta a non profit arm of the Coweta Community Foundation. Secondly, look out for volunteer work days through all our social channels, here at https://mtbatlanta.com at our events calendar and at .http://bikecoweta.com/volunteer/
Construction Begins on new trails at South Rockdale Park
Work has begun on our newest build at South Rockdale Community Park in Rockdale County on the Rockdale River Trail.
5 years in the making, MTB Atlanta and Rockdale County Parks & Recreation have worked together to plan and build the trails and to write and win the $100k Recreational Trails Program needed to build Phase One, 6 miles of beginner, Intermediate, Expert and Downhill trails at the Park.
Tons of planning and work has gone into this project by our volunteer Board, most notably East Metro VP Keith Worsham, who had the vision for the trail development at South Rockdale Park.
From the official Press Release from Rockdale County in On Common Ground News:
“This multi-use mountain bike trail has been 5 years in the making and we are extremely pleased to begin construction and soon to be able to offer this additional amenity to the public,” said Sue Sanders, director of Rockdale County Recreation and Maintenance. “Cyclists will be able to enjoy a new trail that provides a scenic view of South Rockdale Park. This will be the first trail of its kind in our park system made possible through our partnerships with Mountain Bike (MTB) Atlanta and Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association (SORBA), as well as our SPLOST oversight committee.”
“The trail, designed in partnership with SORBA, is being built by Steele and Associates, Inc. The trail sections will provide a variety of riding experiences for the beginner to advanced mountain bikers. Funding for the project was made available by a grant from the Recreational Trails Program of the Department of Natural Resources which pays 80 percent and the other 20 percent will be matched from SPLOST funds.”
The new trails will connect to the Rockdale River Trail system, a destination PATH project in the Davidson Arabia National Heritage Area.
Want to support the cause for the new #southrocktrails?
Join MTB Atlanta today at: https://mtbatlanta.com/join/, join the Facebook Social Group South Rock Trails for volunteer opportunities and work days or donate to our Trail Fund here: https://mtbatlanta.com/double-down-fund/.
Check out a map of the plan below. Phase One Construction consists of these Sections: 1) Beginner Trail 2) Intermediate Trail 3) Advanced/Intermediate Trail 6) Intermediate/Advanced Trail 7) Intermediate Downhill Trail 8) Expert Downhill Trail. Construction is slated to be completed by June.