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New Trail takes shape in Southeastern NC

(updated: Feb 21, 2011)

After a lot of planning and a lengthy approval process, Cape Fear SORBA held its first trail construction day this Saturday in the Brunswick County Nature Park. Members of the Brunswick County Parks Dept were on hand as well as a board member of the NC Coastal Land Trust, the land owners, to oversee the work.

In Spring members of CF SORBA had marked out the trail and mapped it using GPS. The initial phase had to be approved by the Coastal Land Trust. After some adjustments it was adopted this Fall.

There's been a lot of activity at the park lately as a lot of trees have been removed to be replanted with native varieties.

While the first phase is being completed, CFS will map out the next section and seek approval. There is also another section where logging was done that will likely be cut by bobcat or tractor, which will be a wider beginner loop starting from the parking lot.

All told there could be five or six miles once the two phases are complete. There is some terrain here, and the soil drains quickly -- should be no problems with wet trails unlike Blue Clay.

You can go to Brunswick Nature Park and check out the trails and ride them too. Here are some of the photos I took on Saturday.

Bench cutting.


Putting in a switchback.


New trail.

The new trail should have some scenic views of the water.

Rough cut.

CF SORBA booth.

Filed Under: Ride Reports > North Carolina > Wilmington


1. B said...

It was a good turnout and we got alot done. Thanks and congrats to all who attended. Hope to see even more show up for the next workday. These trails don't just magically appear...

Dec 6, 2010 @ 4:49 AM

2. billy said...

this all looks sweet. wish i could help but cant due to work on saturday

Dec 6, 2010 @ 9:14 AM

3. peter said...

join cape fear sorba....cost is 30 bucks and 18 of it goes back to us to keep the mtb scene alive here. Brunswick is going to be epic

Dec 6, 2010 @ 2:30 PM

4. NL said...

I joined SORBA!!!

Dec 7, 2010 @ 1:18 PM

5. NYFreeride said...

When is the next build day?

Dec 8, 2010 @ 6:14 AM

6. Chris Clemmons said...

I am retired Air Force living in Lousiana however I am from Holden Beach NC. Guys I want to thank you for building this trail in Brunswick County. It was much needed and with the huge amounts of land there can be great riding there. I have ridden Blue Clay several times on vists home and can say you guys do a great job on using what you have. I am looking forward to riding this trail when I visit for Christmas. Thanks for your work guys and happy trails.

Dec 8, 2010 @ 10:23 AM

7. said...

Nicely Done! glad you guys are finally legit.

Dec 8, 2010 @ 2:51 PM

8. SBA said...

Anyone ride the new trail yet?

Dec 8, 2010 @ 7:56 PM

9. John said...

I was gona come out and work but I ended up getting stuck at work. I'm a local in Brunswick and have ridden blue clay a few times awesome job btw. But, i just wanted to say thank you to everyone that helped with the trail. Now I don't have to drive to Wilmington. Yay!! Thanks again guys hopefully I'll be off the next build day.

Dec 9, 2010 @ 6:30 AM

10. Ryan said...

This is fantastic news! I live in Raleigh, NC but frequently pass right by this park on the way to Oak Island where I'm limited to riding my single speed beach nice to know that I have somewhere to ride my 29er now on the way to the beach!! Sweet! Hope that ya'll will make more trails! Great job!

Dec 11, 2010 @ 11:31 AM

11. runtuff said...

I ran the trail the other day. It's pretty nice, except there are lots of sapling stumps about 2-3" high. They are deadly for runners. Would it be ok if I walked the new trail with clippers and cut them to ground level?

Dec 23, 2010 @ 1:13 PM

12. SBA said...

The club is planning to go through there with a machine to smooth out the bumps and take out roots and stumps. Date TBD.

Dec 23, 2010 @ 4:08 PM

13. runtuff said...

That's great. Thanks for the info and the hard work.

Dec 24, 2010 @ 7:28 AM


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