Hanging Rock State Park – Master Plan

The survey ended 10/1/2017. Saving post for reference.

We need your help TODAY!  The third and final phase of plan development for the Moores Springs Trails is taking place.  We want YOU to participate in the on-line survey that consultants have provided to give input for Hanging Rock State Park.
The Phase 2 survey reflected 60% of people supported emphasis on bike trails and camping opportunities.  Only 8% surveyed saw the need for hiking only trails.   Survey user feedback appears to not be represented in developing the most recent plan. The Phase 3 draft version of the plan is still lacking adequate bike trail mileage.
The Phase 3 plan reflects a major expansion of hiking only trails instead of increasing needed bike trail mileage.  We would recommend the cycling community to not support the plan as it is presented for question number 1 on the survey.
Key feedback points to consider to include in your survey on what an improved cycling plan should contain are:
 
1.     The recommendations of this plan do not reflect that currently Hanging Rock State Park has over 20 miles of hiking trail, and only 8 miles of bike trail (which hikers can walk on too).   The plan needs to be more bike centric to meet the overall demand the survey reflects.

2.    More bike trail mileage is needed to make this park a destination location like Lake Norman State Park. The MST area focus should be to increase total  bike trail mileage in this park.  We would like to see at least 20 miles of bike trails at the park.
 
3.     All trails south and east of Vade Mecum Creek should be biking trails.   There should be no “hiking only trails” between the creek and the existing bike trail network.   Horses and hikers should be on the trails west and north of the creek.  
 
4.   The mountain bike community (which built all of the existing bike trails) has a long term vision of a bike centric camping area at the Moores Spring campground.   This campground should be a biking and floating/boat only campground!  There should not be any “hiking only trails” in this area.   

5.    The proposed plan is great for the hotel and a hostel on Mecum Central.  However, the plan should save the existing pool so people have a place to go swimming with family without having to drive to the main park’s swimming lake.
    

J.A. King (and Queen) of the Watershed

Mark your calendars! Saturday October 14, 2017, the 1st Annual J.A. King (and Queen) of the Watershed is here. It’s the first race of its kind in the Triad. Everyone from juniors to experts are welcome at this event.

This race will consist of 5 stages using the following trails: Blue Heron, Reedy Fork, Wild Turkey, Country Park, Owls Roost & Shady Side and Big Loop & Little Loop. The race loops will be timed and the sections leading to each trail will not be timed. Don’t want to race all the segments? No problem. When you’re done then head on back to John’s house for food and fun.

The event will begin at the Blue Heron Trailhead parking lot off Yanceyville Rd. Shuttles will take riders and their bikes to the trailhead from John’s house. There will be prizes for each segment as well as prizes for overall results. There will be a big party afterwards with food, beer and music. This event will be used as a fundraiser for the Piedmont Fat Tire Society. Come on out and have a great time.

Registration is open at https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=111045

 

Warrior Creek camping trip

Come join us for a long weekend of camping and mountain biking at the Warrior Creek Group Site A on the W. Kerr Scott Reservoir. Campers can arrive as early as 4:00pm on Thursday, October 5th and stay until Sunday October 8th.

Group Site A is a fantastic private campsite with our own toilets, fire pit, pavilion, limited electrical outlets, tent pads, and access to showers. Best part is the campsite is directly adjacent to the Warrior Creek mountain bike trail. RIDE IN RIDE OUT!!
Warrior Creek Group Site A on the W. Kerr Scott Reservoir
The club will plan multiple group ride options for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and expects to ride Warrior Creek, OVT, and the nearby Rocky Knob Bike Park.

If you are not interested in camping you are welcome to come join us for the daily group rides. Just follow our Facebook page for updates on start times.

If you wish to camp with the group you must register here. Reservations are limited to 35 for camping and the individual tent sites at Group Site A will be first come first serve. Cost for camping for the whole weekend will be $15 per person for members and $30 per person for non-members. Please make sure your membership is in good standing!

The club will not provide meals on this trip; however we encourage you to find a group to coordinate meals with. Feel free to use the Facebook page to organize a meal group or a carpool.

Most importantly we want everyone to have fun, make some new friends, be safe, and to be courteous to the other trail users and campers.

If you have any questions please reach out to Mark Aderholdt … treasurer@piedmontfattire.org

Link to registration...

 

Fat Tire Social 9/14/17

Come join us for the next Fat Tire Social at Revolution Cycles!

Thursday, September 14, 2017,  7:00 pm

Revolution Cycles

1907 Spring Spring Garden St.

Greensboro, NC 27403

The previous ones have been a blast so don’t miss this one.

Given the more private setting we do plan to give a brief update on the current happenings and future plans for the Piedmont Fat Tire Society. If you’re looking to get more involved this will be an excellent opportunity to come meet some of the board and other active members .

Special thanks to Watts and Revolution Cycles for keeping the shop open to sell us beer!

Let’s ride Moore’s Springs Trails! This Sunday, July 23.

We will meet at the Trek Store Greensboro at 9:00am to drive up to the trails and should arrive at Moore’s Springs shortly after 10:00am.  

Be sure to bring plenty of water, snacks, tubes, etc.  Helmets are required. 

Ride time and distance will be determined by the group, but plan to ride for a couple hours.  Trails are intermediate in difficultly with more sustained climbs and descents than what you will find in Greensboro.

 

Moore’s Spring Ride
23 Jul 2017 @ Moore’s Springs Trails, Westfield, NC

di’lishi way to support the Piedmont Fat Tire Society

The Piedmont Fat Tire Society is happy to be one of the participants in the di’lishi frozen yogurt bar Community Giveback program that runs through the end of October.

Visit the North Greensboro di’lishi located at 4016-D Battleground Ave. Greensboro, NC 27410 and enjoy a cup of yogurt. With each cup purchased you will receive a small voting spoon which you then deposit in the Greensboro Fat Tire Society box on the giveback wall. The donation size depends on how full the box gets over the voting period so the more yogurt you eat, the more you support the GFTS.

di’lishi is located conveniently on the north side of town, where several of our trails are. Perfect for a nice post-ride treat!

Trail Workday – 7/1/2017 – Tomorrow

We need your help to clear storm damage on Owl’s Roost for the 7/9 Sizzler race. We will also be working on a re-reroute option for the “root hill”. The city is loaning us a boat to transport to the site.

Trail workday Saturday 7/1 at 8:30 am-2:00 pm
Lake Brandt Marina lower parking lot.
Need to come later or leave earlier? Call 336-255-5001

Workday Tomorrow – 6/24/17

What do you do when the 6 hour race is canceled due to the ongoing monsoon and the trails are still closed?? Do trail work to help prep Owl’s Roost for the 7/9 Sizzler race.
Trail workday Saturday 6/24 at 8:30 am – 3:30 pm Meet at Lake Brandt Marina lower parking lot. Need to come later or leave earlier? No problem! Call 336-609-0009 for pick-up.

Kingfisher Big Dig 2 this Saturday 6/17/2017

This Saturday, June 17, 2017, is the next Kingfisher Trail workday. Kingfisher ‘Big Dig 2’ will continue the work we did a couple weeks ago. Remember, the more workers we get out the more trail we get cut! The more we get cut, the sooner we’ll using our new trail.

Just like last time, there is no access to the work site from the current Kingfisher trail parking. We will have a shuttle to transport workers to the work site and back to the lot. More info and registration can be found at the link below

Kingfisher “Big Dig 2” Trail Building Day

Here’s to a BIG turnout this Saturday!

Piedmont Fat Tire Society

Rich Fork- Guilford Park Commission meeting 6/13

The trail recommendations for the Rich Fork Preserve are on the agenda for next Guilford County Park Commission meeting, please attend.  The Guilford County Parks and Recreation Commission’s meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 6pm. The meeting will be held in the 4th Floor Conference Room of the Old County Courthouse located at 301 W. Market Street, Greensboro NC 27401.  Seating tends to be limited so arrive early.
What: Guilford County Park Commission meeting
When: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 6pm
Where: Old County Courthouse – 4th Floor Conference room
            301 W. Market St.
            Greensboro, NC 27401

REI Discount for PFTS Members this weekend!

Dear Fat Tire Members,
REI thanks you for support as a partner who does so much on the trails in our community.  REI is offering everyone active with the Fat Tire Society access to our Co-op Insider Weekend. The dates for this are June 10 and 11. We have coupons that will give you 25% off total purchase of $200 or more, 20% off total purchase under $200, and 15% off bikes, paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, GPS products, activity trackers, and action cameras (these items are excluded from the 25% and 20% off discounts.)
I’ll have coupons at the registers with Fat Tire on them so anyone who wants to use one will just need to let the cashier know that they are with the Fat Tire Society and are here to pick up a coupon.
Thanks for all you guys do for our mountain biking community!
Elizabeth Paashaus
Store Manager – REI Greensboro

Thank You Volunteers!

A huge Thank You to everyone that came out and worked on the Kingfisher  ‘Big Dig’ workday this past Saturday! It’s not easy to skip a ride on a beautiful Saturday and come out to work in the woods. We really appreciate the sacrifice you folks made.

We had 32 people come out and work on clearing the next section of the Kingfisher trail. We got a good bit cleared but there is still work to be done. We are planning another Kingfisher workday soon so check this website and our Facebook page so you don’t miss it! You can also sign up for email and we’ll keep you up to date.