We will be kicking off a benchmark effort we’re calling the “Sope Creek Love” project! The Chattahoochee National Park Conservancy and MTB Atlanta were awarded a $30k grant from REI to restore the shared use trail at Sope Creek and produce new signage for trail management best practices. The Chattahoochee National Park Conservancy raised another $10k to match and MTB Atlanta has raised $6,500 on a $10k goal thanks to Atlanta Cycling and generous private donors!
We are looking for another $2,500 to match to get to our goal!
MTB Atlanta Pro Trails was hired to do the work and will be working with Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area staff and a 6 person volunteer crew from the Student Conservation Association.
Work will begin work today, Monday 10/5 and should last for 6 weeks.Trails will remain open during this important restoration and maintenance work but be conscious while you ride and be prepared to dismount and walk your bike through work zones.
As the friends group for the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA), the mission of Chattahoochee National Parks Conservancy (CNPC) is to build a community of support for the national park and promote stewardship of its natural and cultural resources. One of the top forty, most-visited national park units in the country with three million visitors annually, the CRNRA consists of nearly 7,000 acres of land (in 15 park units) and more than 80 miles of trail along a 48-mile section of the river. REI grant funds will help support a collaboration with MTB Atlanta to address two critical, existing issues in Sope Creek: signage and trail maintenance.
Our goal is to improve visitor safety, reduce user conflict and protect park resources, while providing an exceptional trail experience for all users, in accordance with park regulations. This project is in response to high visitation levels, inadequate signage, alignment issues and poor water management, the trails are severely degraded and there is conflict between pedestrians and mountain bikers.
Thanks to all the partners, sponsors and donors for the opportunity to bring the LOVE to one of the most used (and best loved) trails in the Southeast!