Southern Appalachian Bicycle Association

Southern Appalachian Bicycle Association News:

Meet & Greet & Wine! - Join us at Nottely River Valley Vinyards on July 29, 2016

Come out and join us for a pot luck dinner and wine tasting at Nottely River Valley Vineyards in Murphy, NC, on Friday, July 29 from 6:30-9:00 PM.

There's a small fee to participate in the tasting and you'll come home with a souvenir wine glass from the vineyard! (The wine tasting is optional, however no alcohol can be brought into the vineyards due to beverage control regulations)

Bring a covered dish to share. We'll forgo the club business and you'll get a chance to taste some great wine and meet fellow cyclists.

RSVP via facebook message so we can get a count, Thanks!

Hanging Dog Campground Reopens on a Trial Basis

 MURPHY, N.C., April 29, 2016 - Hanging Dog Campground reopens May 2 for overnight camping in the Tusquitee Ranger District of Nantahala National Forest as part of a collaborative effort with Cherokee County.

The campground was closed to camping in 2014 due to rising operating costs and declining use and budgets.

"We had a significant decrease in the operating budget for recreational facilities and Hanging Dog wasn't getting as much use as other campgrounds, so we made the tough decision to close it," said District Ranger Angela Gee. "That's when Cherokee County officials stepped in with an offer of support."

Cherokee County worked with the Forest Service to get the campground ready to reopen and will help maintain the campground throughout the operating season. The 2016 operating season is a trial period in which visitor use will be monitored to help determine whether or not the campground will continue to remain open in future years.

"We hope that people who loved camping at Hanging Dog will come back and the reopening will attract new campers," said Gee. "With the county's partnership and more user demand, we're optimistic that we can keep this campground open."

Hanging Dog Recreation Area also has a number of hiking and biking trails and day-use areas that have remained open.

Visit for more information.

Far West Bike Plan Survey Online

This Resident Survey is being conducted in support of the Far Western NC Bicycle Plan. The study area for the plan is a four-county region that includes Cherokee County, Clay County, Graham County and Macon County. The purpose of this survey is to learn more about the bicycling habits of residents in this region and improvements that would encourage them to bicycle more often.

Thank you for participating in our survey.

Complete the Survey Here

For questions, please contact or

Weekly Group Rides!

SABA hosts several weekly group rides each week. The schedule is as follows:

Road Rides 2016:

Tuesday Nights: 6:00 PM - leaves from Hayesville Square in Downtown Hayesville, NC. Approximately 20 miles out and back through the Tusquittee area.

Wednesday Nights: 6 :00 PM - Wednesday night group road ride leaves at 6:00 PM from the big rocking chair at Owltown Market on Hwy. 129 in Blairsville, GA. The route varies through the Trackrock Valley. Mileage approx. 12 to 25 with A & B groups. For more info contact Blairsville Bikes & Hikes (706) 745-8141.

Thursday Nights: 6:00 PM - Meets at John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC 28902 at the intersection of Brasstown Road and Harshaw Road. 15-30 miles, route varies weekly.

Other Rides:

Please check our Facebook page to see if there are any unscheduled rides.

Mountain Bike Rides 2016:

Thursday Nights: 6:15 PM - Thursday evening at Jack Rabbit Trails. Leaves the parking lot at 6:15 PM. Usually involves getting a bite to eat afterwards. Blairsville Bikes & Hikes 706 745 8141


SABA Membership Dues

You can now pay your membership dues online at for additional details view our membership page here

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Jackrabbit Trail News:

Close to 15 miles of machine constructed singletrack trails have been completed and are based on a stacked-loop design. The 3.1 mile Central Loop is the "core" trail that all other optional trails are connected. Many of the trails border Lake Chatuge, while others meander through the woods or ridge-top. These trails were specifically designed to appeal to all skill levels, beginner to advanced. It remains a work-in-progress, with signage, maps, parking lot facilities (pavillion/restrooms/information board) being planned, along with optional technical trail features (TTF's) our interviews here with Mike Riter of Trail Design Specialists.

Piney Knob Trail News:

The town of Murphy, North Carolina plans to construct 22.3 miles of recreational hiking and mountain biking trails on the 700+ acre Murphy Watershed property off of Piney Knob Hill Road and opening in Spring more here.

Trail Traffic Counter by

The Southern Appalachian Bicycle Association (SABA) is using two TRAFx Counters to assess both mountain biking and hiking trail usage. To learn more about TRAFx mountain bike and hiking trail counters please visit . To get a closer look on how the TRAFx system works on mountain biking trails click here.

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Upcoming Trail Work Days:

  • Saturday July 30, 2016 - Meet at Hanging Dog Trail head. 9am-12pm weather Permitting.

  • Saturday August 27, 2016 - Meet at Jackrabbit Trail head. 9am-12pm weather Permitting.

Next SABA Meeting:

The meetings will be held the last Friday of the month unless otherwise notified

  • Friday - July 29, 2016 - Meet & Greet Pot Luck Dinner and wine tasting at Nottely Valley River Vineyards, 1150 Old Culberson Road, Murphy NC 28906. 6:30 PM

    Bring a friend and meet an awesome group of cyclists!

  • Friday - August 26, 2016 - Monthly meeting at Ingles of Blairsville. Grab a sandwich & meet in the deli seating area at 6:30 PM

SABA is a Member of:


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Blairsville Bikes and Hikes

SABA Members get 10% off at Blairsville Bikes & Hikes in Blairsville, GA!

Appalachian Outfitters

SABA Members get 10% off at Appalachian Outfitters in Murphy, NC!


Clay County Chamber of Commerce

Towns County Chamber of Commerce

SABA is a member of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce



Golden Leaf Foundation

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