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Sandwiched halfway between the major metropolitan areas of Birmingham, Ala., and Atlanta, Ga., is the small town and big trail dreams of Anniston, Ala., and its 4,000-acre property, Coldwater Mountain.
More than 25 miles of trails have already been built under the direction of IMBA Trail Solutions, with up to 75 miles scheduled to be completed by 2017. To incorporate the best qualities of North America's finest trail systems, Trail Solutions is not only putting its own to work, but is inviting pro trail builders from all over the country to leave their creative signatures on the mountain. As a result, the Coldwater trails will eventually be accessible by a short ride from downtown Anniston, which itself can be reached by Amtrak train.
The mountain offers everything a rider could wish for: Explore red-dirt trails in a backcountry setting, shuttle the gravity runs and style out the optional technical lines, or enjoy scenic, entry-level trails that will stoke a novice rider's fire.
As of spring 2013, the city has contributed more than half a million dollars to help fund the trail system. In addition, Anniston's leaders are actively courting new business, planning a renovation of the Amtrack station, building paved bike paths and lobbying the Alabama legislature to allow the city opt out of the state's ban on Sunday alcohol sales. All for mountain bikers.
Backcountry Navigation With A Map & Compass - Level 1:
Mar 25 - Sweetwater Creek State Park Visitor's Center
Are you heading into the woods and want to learn how to use your map & compass properly? This class will teach you how to translate what is on your map to the surrounding area. How to use your compass easily and effectively to find your location, putting the Map & Compass together to plan your route and adjust as needed. Details
Getting to Know your GoPro -- GoPro Basics:
Mar 27 - Kennesaw REI
Looking to get a GoPro, or you have one and would like some insight into best practices for capturing your life's most exciting moments? Join our GoPro experts for this class and Get to Know Your GoPro. We will focus on the camera's user interface, video capture, image settings, and accessories. Details