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Trail Builder

Singletrack Trails has been selected by Pisgah Area SORBA as the contractor for the Black Mountain Re-route. The project will be lead by local professional trail builder Chris ‘Shrimper’ Khare. The contractor was selected because of their ability to meet the schedule, budget and character of the proposed trail, while having a proven track record of successful work completed within the Pisgah Ranger District.   

Driven by the desire to protect natural resources while providing better experiences for recreating outdoors, Singletrack Trails has designed and constructed over 1000 miles of sustainable, shared-use trails across the United States. An active member of the Professional TrailBuilders Association, they are an industry leader in shared-use trail planning, design, and construction.

Why is this project necessary? Heavy trail use, unsustainable grades and heavy precipitation have caused severe erosion to this section of the current Black Mountain trail. Without significant and costly rehabilitation, the trail corridor will continue to widen, erode, and create conditions which are not sustainable to be managed by the land manager, the U.S. Forest Service.   

Who are the groups behind this project? This project is a cooperative effort between the USFS, The State of North Carolina and Pisgah Area SORBA.    

What is the length of the Re-Route? 3.6 miles  

How much of the existing trail is being decommissioned? 2.2 miles: The section between Turkey Pen Gap and the switchback above Lower Black. 

What is the total project cost? $125,000  

When will this be built? The project will begin in Spring 2021 and will be completed by Fall 2021.