Knoxville's Urban Wilderness is growing! Through a Public/Private partnership the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club, The Drop Inn and neighboring landowners are adding 4 new multi-use trails, including 2 rowdy progressive all-weather downhill mountain bike trails, that will provide users of all abilities new experiences. ambcknox.org/45in45 and come join us for a ride! Knoxville's Urban Wilderness is a spectacular outdoor adventure area where you can hike, bike, climb, paddle, or just wander in the woods – all within the heart of the city. Over 50 miles of trails and greenways connect you to a beautiful nature center, the head of the Tennessee River, historic sites, dramatic quarries, adventure playgrounds, five city parks, mile of trails on private land, and a 500-acre wildlife area.“We’re thrilled to be working with local and national partners who understand the value that trails bring to Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness” states Appalachian Mountain Bike Club Executive Director, Matthew Kellogg. The Drop Inn has donated permanent access to the land and a majority of the funding for trail construction, valued at more than $300,000. Under the watchful eye of professional trail builder Knight Ide, the Ide Ride build team is creating year-round trails that will stand the test of time and test your skills. Trail construction will be wrapping up this month and the public will be able to enjoy this addition to Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness during the summer. Out of an international applicant pool, AMBC was the chosen recipient of Santa Cruz Bicycles' PayDirt Program and with their assistance the first $10,000 of donations will be matched! Help us reach our goal of $45k in 45 Days! Donate today at
About Appalachian Mountain Bike Club The Appalachian Mountain Bike Club is a chapter of the Southeast regional division of IMBA. We are committed to complementing the goals and purpose of IMBA. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting sustainable trail access for off-road bicyclists and to maintaining the trails on which mountain bikers ride and other user groups rely on. The Appalachian Mountain Bike Club supports the conservation of open spaces and is committed to educating mountain bicyclists to ride sensitively and responsibly in order to protect the natural environment and the experience of other trail users. About The Drop Inn The Drop Inn, located in South Knoxville just down the road from the Baker Creek Preserve, is an up-and-coming project that will add new trails and some highly desired camping-style lodging to the Urban Wilderness. The property is an important piece to expanding the outdoor adventure area, 1,000 acres of green space that contains over 50 miles of multi-use trails. With a vision to maintain the character of the land and a desire to contribute something meaningful and needed to the area, the Drop Inn intends to be more than just a place to stay and play, it will be an important and energizing community hub. About Santa Cruz Bicycles and PayDirt Santa Cruz Bicycles was founded on one objective: to make mountain bikes that are "Simply Advanced”. Pioneering technology that results in bikes that perform exceptionally well and are built to last means Santa Cruz Bicycle owners suffer No Missed Rides. PayDirt is our commitment to increasing access to trails by supporting the work of people who make it happen. We’re pledging to donate $1 million over the next three years towards trail projects, local organizations, events and programs that are geared towards creating and strengthening opportunities for people to get out on the trails.