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Brunswick Nature Park - Cutting new trail

(updated: Dec 17, 2011)

Some photos I took today at Brunswick Nature Park (BNP). This was another productive trail work day, aside from a run-in with hunters. There will be many more workdays. Cape Fear SORBA has been hard at work building new trail in the advanced loop section. Turnouts have been great and the outer loop is going in faster than expected. It all kicked off when the IMBA Trail Care Crew visited us in November, so I have a few photos of that event as well.

By the time the outer loop is completed, there should be more trail in BNP than in Blue Clay, and there is more to go. We're looking at 10 or more miles of trail eventually.

These photos will be good to look at years from now when the trail is we established to see how it all started.

Corey and others hard at work.

Trip, Kyle(?), and Jay.

Charley riding the new trail. It almost looks like it's a well-established trail in this photo.

Charley carries a rake and loppers with him at all times.

Greg pin-flagging where the trail will go. This makes it easy to see the line and visualize the flow of the trail.

Ready to be cut.

Doing the initial cutting.

After the initial cutting and raking.

After using the Rogue Hoes to take out the root mat. These are great tools and cut through the small roots like butter.

A couple of small rollers. More = better.


Nice berm.

Another one.

Turner helping out at the previous trailbuilding session.

This was done at the last trailbuilding session. It came out nice. Virgin trail. It's calling out, "Ride me".

This is from the IMBA Trail Care Crew event at Brunswick Nature Park in November. Here, Jake Carsten explains the principles of bench cutting.

Jake goes over scraping off the top layer to get down to the firmer soil.

Jake riding the very first trail in the advanced loop.

Jenny Abraham, the other IMBA TCC instructor.

Will on the beginner trail.

Turner on the intermediate loop.

Will and Turner on the intermediate loop.

Filed Under: Ride Reports > North Carolina > Wilmington


1. Jake Carsten said...

Hey Erol - great writeup and progress photos! It's really great to hear how much progress you all are making out there. Love all the photos and descriptions, and can't wait to see more!

Dec 17, 2011 @ 10:09 PM

2. Erik said...

Nice photos. Kids are getting big!

Dec 20, 2011 @ 12:44 PM

3. FootSniffer said...

Looks great! I can't wait to ride it. Road Dow last week and it was a little overgrown, I guess people are not riding it much.

Dec 24, 2011 @ 5:40 PM

4. Robin said...

Erol, I\'m concerned about the hunters. Brunswick county has painted the property lines and posted signs. I have small kids who love to ride. Just want your take on this.

Jan 7, 2012 @ 8:37 PM


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