Hometown Trails

by Beth Donovan


Kitsbow and the town of Old Fort now sit at the doorstep of over seventy miles of glorious MTB trails.

But we are getting ahead of ourselves.

The Old Fort Trail Project — located in the Pisgah National Forest surrounding Old Fort, NC — has a unique opportunity to diversify its trail offerings, and cultivate a population of younger riders by bringing intermediate and beginner level tracks to the region.

Spurred by this vision, the G5 Trail Collective, and crucial local partners, crafted a plan to more than double its existing trail network.

In fact, the G5 Trail Collective project (with partnership from Kitsbow) landed a coveted IMBA Trail Accelerator grant, which has laid the groundwork for the addition of over forty miles of new trail.


Fast forward to today: the new trails are now finalized and flagged, and the project moves into the NEPA (environmental impact) phase. The Collective expects to move dirt by October 2021.

The draw of seventy-plus miles of new and existing trails will certainly be a huge economic boost for the town of Old Fort and its surrounding area.

Furthermore, it will cultivate a population of younger riders in the region, while serving as a destination for campers, advanced riders, and locals alike.

 IMBA: Old Fort, North Carolina — Camp Grier G5 Trail Collective: $15,000 grant

“While the town of Old Fort and neighboring Camp Grier can boast of a couple advanced-level bike trails, the Camp Grier G5 project will diversify trail offerings by bringing intermediate and beginner level tracks to the region for campers, NICA racers, and locals.

“Camp Grier has a long history of promoting diversity and inclusion in the outdoors, offering scholarships to 20% of its campers to increase the racial, social, and economic diversity of their camper population. The new trail system will cultivate a population of younger riders in the region and point to a future where outdoor recreation can support thriving economies in small rural towns.”


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