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Southern Appalachian Bicycle Association News:

Town of Murphy Bicycle Safety Rodeo on May 15th, 2016

The Town of Murphy Police Department, in conjunction with the Hiwassee Valley Pool and Wellness Center (HVPWC), Southern Appalachian Bicycle Association (SABA) and Jim Miller - State Farm, will be hosting the Town of Murphy Bicycle Safety Rodeo on May 15th, 2016, from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm. For those of you that do not know, May is national bike month.

This event is open to all school age children here in Cherokee County. We will also have smaller events for children ages 3-5. The participants of this event will also receive a free smoothie from the "Pump It Up" Smoothie Bar located inside of the HVPWC courtesy of Jim Miller - State Farm.

Each participant will also receive a free bicycle helmet. We will also have free bicycle raffles and various prizes to give a way. Registration for participants will be on the day of the event.

The location of the event will be held at the Hiwassee Valley Pool and Wellness Center, located at 695 Conaheeta St. in Murphy. In the event of rain on this day, a rain date of May 22nd has been scheduled for the same time and location.

This information can also be found on the Murphy Police Department Facebook Page. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Thank You,

Justin J. Jacobs
Chief of Police Murphy Police Department
93 Peachtree St.
Murphy, NC 28906
(B) (828) 837-2214
(F) (828) 837-2002

Georgia Mountain Metric Century set for Saturday, May 21, 2016

Georgia Mountain Century

Registration is now open for the 2016 Georgia Mountain Metric Century. Check out their new website for the details!

NC 175 Improvement Project Public Meeting June 16, 2016

The NCDOT is planning to improve NC 175 from the Georgia State Line to the intersection of US 64 east of Hayesville, NC. These improvements include widening of the roadway and adding shoulders to meet the current design standards for a 50 mph roadway. The project is State funded.

There will be a public meeting on June 16, 2016 from 5-7PM at the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, 50 Marvin Cabe LN, Hayesville, NC 28904. Your input is needed.

To learn more about the project, view the project overview here.

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:

STARTING UP APRIL 26, 2016 - Tuesday Nights: 6:00 PM - leaves from Hayesville Square in Downtown Hayesville. Approximately 20 miles out and back through the Tusquittee area.

SABA Membership Dues

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

Now You Can Find Us on facebook!

Find Us on Facebook!

SABA has a new facebook profile and we encourage you to "Like US!"

For those of you not familiar with facebook, it is a social networking site which allows us to share news, events, photos, and more amongst the masses.

Facebook friends, sometimes known as "Fans" are eligible for special offers from SABA. We encourage you to "Like Us Now" and help spread the word!

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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 April 30, 2016 - Meet at Piney Knob Trail head. 9am-12pm weather Permitting.

Next SABA Meeting:

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

  • Friday - April 29, 2016 - 6:30 PM.

    SABA will host its monthly meeting on Friday April 29, 6:30 PM at Brother Restaurant, 1466 Andrews Rd, Murphy, NC 28906

    Bring your family and friends and meet with an awesome group of cyclists!

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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



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