MTB Atlanta Receives IMBA Dig In Grant for Trails at Chattahoochee Bend SP, Seeks Matching Funds

MTB Atlanta was recently awarded a 2021 IMBA Dig In grant in support of a potentially large trail project at Chattahoochee Bend State Park, and the group is seeking donations to maximize matching funds. The Dig In program was founded by Shimano with the goal of “[bridging] the gap between national and local [trail] fundraising efforts.”

Chattahoochee Bend State Park is Georgia’s fifth largest state park, within the Metro-Atlanta area, and a short drive to other Southeastern trail systems. The park offers great campgrounds, newly constructed adventure cabins with hiking, and blue water trails along the Chattahoochee River. The Chattahoochee Bend project has the potential to be a regionally significant trail system within the Southeast with 20-40 miles of trail developed.

The funds from the Dig In campaign will assist MTB Atlanta with equipment rentals and paid operators for trail construction of the “Campground Loop.” The trails will provide an opportunity for local NICA Students to train as well as provide a gateway (beginner) trail for users new to mountain biking. The trail is to built around one of the park’s campgrounds in order to provide easy access to families and users of all abilities to access the trail from their campsite.

MTB Atlanta Pro Trails officially broke ground on the “Campground Loop” the second week of January thanks to an initial donation of $5k from Bike Coweta, and construction is underway.

A $10,000 fundraising goal has been set in order to match the $2,000 Dig In grant, and to fund initial construction. Click here for more information and to contribute.